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19th Arts Festival sets the scene for innovation and tradition

Posted by Kimberly on February 29, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
February 29, 2008 (1,334 words)

The 19th Macau Arts Festival is just around the corner, with this year’s festival set to top the previous years, and not just in terms of the budget, which has been announced as being 9.5 million patacas.
At a press conference yesterday to advise of this year’s program, Heidi Ho, President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau (ICM) spoke of the 17 programs, suggesting the festival was “a way to bring different visitors from other countries to Macau.
“It is a platform for cultural exchange,” she added.
This year’s festival seeks to promote the local talents that Macau has to offer, as much as bringing in the overseas talent it is well known for.
As such, two groups, the Little Mountain Arts Association and the Macao Conservatory Dance School, will showcase their performances for the first time.
Ms Ho also spoke of the reasons behind the move of the festival to May, which began last year, from its previous March agenda.
She cited the celebrations of Chinese New Year as the main reason why, suggesting that moving the festival to the later month allowed greater interaction from residents and tourists without taking anything away from the tradition that is Chinese New year. Read the rest of this entry »

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