Organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym), the Tap Siac Craft Market in autumn is held from today to 21 November and from 26 to 28 November at Tap Siac Square, featuring a wide range of activities and over 100 original products of cultural and creative brands. Residents and tourists are welcome to participate.
The opening ceremony of the “Tap Siac Craft Market” was held on 19 November, at 5:30pm, at Tap Siac Square, and was officiated by the President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Mok Ian Ian; the Deputy Director of the Department of Publicity and Culture of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR, Yin Rutao; the President of the Administrative Committee of the Cultural Industries Fund, Lam Wan Nei; and the Acting Head of Department of Cultural and Recreational Affairs and Civic Education of the Municipal Affairs Bureau, Au Chan Weng.
The Tap Siac Craft Market has become the largest platform in Macao for displaying and selling cultural and creative products since its inception in 2008, drawing the active participation of cultural and creative practitioners from Macao and neighbouring regions, bringing together a rich array of creative and cultural brands, thus promoting the original cultural and creative products to residents and tourists. The Tap Siac Craft Market is a cultural and creative project developed under the “Culture and Tourism Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area”. Thus, IC will continue to optimise this event, promoting cooperation between the cultural industries in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, encouraging Macao’s cultural and creative industries to make good use of the local cultural heritage to enrich their products, in order to represent Macao’s image with these products.
The Tap Siac Craft Market features a total of 110 booths by cultural and creative practitioners from Mainland China and Macao, showcasing and selling a diverse range of original cultural and creative products, including daily necessities, clothing and accessories, handicrafts, natural handmade products, pet products, creative dolls and distinctive models. In addition, creative food stalls are available, as well as various singers from Mainland China and Macao host 37 music performances, presenting original songs and songs co-written by them. During the event, 36 creative handicraft workshops are held, in which experienced creative instructors teach the participants handicraft skills. Successful applicants are advised to attend the workshop on time. IC also sets up a booth selling IC’s publications at special discounts and the public is welcome to visit and purchase their favourite books.
IC hopes to link up with various sports and tourism events through the Tap Siac Craft Market in autumn and a series of cultural and artistic activities held in the same period, in order to promote Macao and inject vitality into the society with diversified activities.
IC will pay close attention to the epidemic situation, follow the relevant guidelines of the Health Bureau, and make appropriate arrangements for the activities. In order to safeguard the health of participants, IC will follow the anti-epidemic guidelines of the Health Bureau and take relevant anti-epidemic measures against the public, performers, stall operators and staff who enter the venue. Participants should pay attention to the following arrangements: all people in the venue must wear face masks, undergo body temperature checks before entering the venue, declare their health status and present a “Macao Health Code” of the day to the on-site staff; participants with fever or respiratory symptoms are not allowed to enter the venue; and there will be restrictions as to the number of people admitted. Admissions will be suspended in case of overcrowding; all participants should maintain an appropriate social distance of at least one meter within the activity area and pay attention to their personal hygiene.
The Tap Siac Craft Market will be open from 5pm to 10pm on Fridays and from 3pm to 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about the event, please visit the “Tap Siac Craft Market” website (www.craftmarket.gov.mo), the “Macao Craft Market” page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MacaoCraftMarket) or the Cultural Affairs Bureau website (www.icm.gov.mo). For enquiries, please contact Ms. Zhou, staff member of IC, through tel. no. 8399 6289 during office hours.