Lusofonia Festival to finish today in Houses Museum

Sunday, November 9, 2008
Issue 522, Page 3
Word count: 358
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The 2008 Lusofonia Festival will conclude today with singing and dancing performances by Chinese and Portuguese speaking artists and singers at the Taipa Houses Museum.

The week-long festival came to the 11th edition since its inception in 1998 in which activities are themed on “the cultural week of China and Portuguese speaking countries”.

Beginning on November 3 with a painting exhibition by Portuguese artist Jose Luis Tinoco, Lusofonia then featured activities such as table football match, film showing, East Timor photography exhibition, as well as performances by bands from Portugal, Angola and Mozambique everyday in different locations such as Senado Square, Iao Hon, Taipa Municipal Garden and mainly the Houses Museum.

Like in previous years, ten booths were set up in the Houses Museum representing the major Portuguese speaking communities in Macau.

They are Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Portugal, Goa, Daman and Diu, Cape Verde, Macau, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, and also Sao Tome and Principe.

Each booth will showcase the country’s traditional costume, handicrafts, or videos about its place of origin, as well as offer homemade snacks and drinks.

This year the festival has also invited paper cutting artists from Shenyang, China to set up a booth so as to demonstrate the craft to visitors.

The official opening ceremony was held yesterday at the amphitheatre of the Houses Museum and was officiated by Secretary for Administration and Justice, Florinda Chan, chairman of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Raymond Tam Vai Man, director of the Macau Government Tourist Office, Joao Antunes, and representatives from each Portuguese speaking embassy in Macau.

It was followed by a lion dance, performance by the dancing and acrobatics group of Shenyang Province and Lusofonia traditional dancing.

Today will be the last day of the festival which will start at 12 noon in the Taipa Houses Museum.

Traditional dancing performance, live cooking show, Portuguese games, and the final of the table football tournament will also be held throughout the day.

Between 8.30pm and midnight, Band Pau and Corda from Brazil, singer Kalu Mendes from Sao Tome and Principe and Pascoal Fada from Guinea-Bissau will be on stage to give the last performances of the annual festival.

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