Two guided tours have been launched by the Macao SAR Government Cultural Affairs Bureau to promote the city’s heritage as a location for feature films.
The free programme is called “Macao in Movies – Inner Harbour and Islands” and is available in Cantonese. One of the tours covers the area around the Inner Harbour, while the other focuses on Taipa and Coloane.
The tours involve filmmakers and actors, who act as tour guides, leading participants through streets and alleyways as they rediscover the locations of international and local films.
The programme was launched in January and runs until the end of February. There are 18 sessions in all. The tours reflect on about 50 films that were shot in Macao, from foreign productions dating back to the 1950, to local movies shot in the past decade. Featured films include Days of Tomorrow, Immortal Story, The Last Time I Saw Macao, Rouge, Exiled, and Macau Stories.
“Macao in Movies – Inner Harbour and Islands” follows the popular “Performances in the sphere of the Insightful Cultural Excursion in the Inner Harbour Area”, rolled out in 2020 by the Cultural Affairs Bureau. The 2020 offering featured guided tours, theatre performances, and puppet and dancing shows to enhance public engagement in the arts and enrich the cultural and tourism elements available in Macao’s old districts.
Through “Macao in Movies – Inner Harbour and Islands”, the Cultural Affairs Bureau hopes to further enhance the city’s image as a world centre of tourism and leisure, and support the development of cultural tourism.