The budget for the 8th China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Cultural Week opening next week is around 8 million patacas, about 9 per cent lower than the previous year, in response to the government’s policy to cut-back on public spending, according to one of the officials preparing the annual event.
The event will last from October 24 until 27. Cristina Morais, the local government-appointed deputy secretary-general of the Supporting Office of the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese Speaking Countries, revealed details of the event during a press conference on the premises of the office.
Three solo contemporary art exhibitions of artists from East Timor, Macau and Portugal mark the beginning of the cultural week. Culinary presentations, handicraft markets and plays as well as music and dance performances from Portuguese-speaking countries will also be featured.
Angola, Brazil, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique Portugal, Cabo Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Goa, Damão and Diu will take part in the cultural week. The events will be held at various locations including Largo do Senado, Taipa Carmo Fair and the Old Court House.
The supporting office’s deputy secretary-general appointed by Portuguese-speaking countries, Vicente Manuel, said at the press conference that the event strengthens the Portuguese language and culture in Macau and improves the relationships and understanding between China and Lusophone countries.