16th Macao City Fringe Festival Presents Feast of Creativity

The Czech Republic Spitfire Company’s ‘Antiwords’ offers new ideas (Photo provided by Cultural Affairs Bureau, Photo by Michal Hančovský)

The 16th Macao City Fringe Festival organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) - themed 'A Feast of Creativity, Bon Appétit' - will be held from 13th to 22nd January, featuring 23 wonderful programmes and 70 eye-popping performances, embracing theatre halls, narrow streets, forbidden rooms and the great outdoors. Adopting the concept of 'All around the city, our stages, our patrons, our artists', the Festival offers an arts banquet for the entire community to feast on!

Throughout ten consecutive days, 'Mobile Kitchen' invites special guests from the cultural field to assume the roles of chefs and share their ten superb dishes. In 'Antiwords', produced by Czech Republic Spitfire Company, an explosive mix of nonsensical humour and imagination is on offer. 'In Good Hands', by Irish Catherine Ireton, is a live musical set in a hairdressing salon, providing audiences with a wonderful 60-minute experience.

'The Magnificent 4' uses the human body as an instrument and shares a choreography that makes use of the legs and hand-clapping to create a unique tempo, while '5 Women', by contemporary dance company KheN, divulge secrets that otherwise could not be shared through intense body language. 'The Smooth Life' is a puppet show set to Arabian music that tells the true story of the life of director Husam Abed in a Palestinian refugee camp.

This edition of the Festival does not forget collaborations with foreign artists, with 'Funeral for the Living' directed by Daisuke Sagawa awarded the Macao Literary Prize for Best Script. A Hong Kong stand-up comedian competes on stage with Macao artists in 'Seven Up' for a barrel of laughs. Meanwhile, 'The Other Side of the Sacred', produced by renowned Macao choreographer Candy Kuok in co-operation with Greek Nina Dipla, transports the audience on a journey of dance, poetry and music. 'Weaving Landscape: Night Tide' by the Associação de Arte e Cultura - Comuna de Pedra uses different materials as a medium of creativity, making use of body language and installation art to explore the relationship between body, fabrics and all living things.

The Festival also features a 'Workshop on Environmental Dance Theatre' plus a 'Workshop for Specific Social Arts Workers' and 'Fringe Reviews', inviting directors from several major art organizations in Asia to the city to share their arts festivals and artists-in-residence programmes.

Tickets for the Macao City Fringe Festival are on sale at the Macao Ticketing Network (www.macauticket.com). 24 hours ticketing hotline: 2855 5555. For more information about the Festival, please visit www.macaucityfringe.gov.mo/2017/en, or call during office hours: (853) 8399 6699.