“Art Macao” creates an immersive cultural atmosphere as the entire city becomes an art gallery, triggering an upsurge of visitors for art appreciation. The first edition of “Art Macao” drew over 16 million participants in 41 large-scale events, including 21 international art exhibitions, 6 outdoor art installations, 11 large-scale performances and 3 international youth festivals at 55 locations across the city, in which a total of 328 artists from 37 countries and regions participated in the events, together with 1,002 outreach activities. Over 17 million tourists visited Macao throughout the course of six-month event, which marked a satisfactory result.
Under the patronage of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture, “Art Macao” was jointly organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Macao Government Tourism Office and co-organized by the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau and the Higher Education Bureau, with the participation of 6 hotels and integrated resorts, Nam Kwong (Group) Company Limited and five foreign consulates accredited in Hong Kong and Macao.
“Art Macao” reflects the good desire that all social sectors, from the government, enterprises, artists to residents, are keen to participate in this international cultural and artistic feast, while it changes the mode of cultural activities in the past at the same time. This dedication of the whole society is the major force for the sustainable development of cultural undertakings and cultural industries.
The brand effect of “Art Macao” has continued to increase in the international and neighbouring regions, bringing a new urban experience and exploring a new path for the city’s cultural tourism development. On October 9th, a celebration dinner was held in the Studio City Event Centre.
Local and international performing groups presented a number of splendid performances; the Macao Chinese Orchestra of the Cultural Affairs Bureau brought enthusiastic folk music performances; Hou Kong Dance Group, Macau Youth Symphonic Band and Japanese dance troupe Fabulous Sisters offered captivating performances. The dinner was held in a lively atmosphere and was attended by people from all walks of life and guests to witness the fruitful results of “Art Macao.”
In this supplement, we will focus on the major exhibitions, interviewing organizers and artists on the impact “Art Macao” had in the city.