The 2019 Macao International Parade, organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym), in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Macao’s Handover to China, will be held on 8 December. In order to bring a lively atmosphere to the local community, the Organizer invited artists from a number of foreign performing groups to host community workshops. The registration for these workshops will open on 19 November.
The “Aerial Arts Workshops” featuring 8 sessions, such as Gymnastics/Acrobatics, Breakdancing/Acrobatics, Trampoline/Acrobatics, Parkour/Acrobatics, Contortion & Flexibility, Aerial Hoop & Trapeze, Aerial Duo Silk, and Children Dance & Acrobatics will be held at the Macao Portuguese School and Macau Design Centre from 30 November to 7 December. The sessions will be conducted in English by artists from different foreign troupes, including Phase One from Ukraine, Svetlana Burdzevitskaya from Belarus, Susanna Defraia from Italy and Duo Acroart from Poland. The children’s dance and acrobatics workshop will be run in two sessions targeting children aged 5 to 8 and 9 to 12 respectively, the Parkour/Acrobatics worship are suitable for participants aged 14 and above, while other workshops are suitable for participants aged 12 and above. The workshops are free of charge and some require no gymnastics-related experience. For details of the sessions’ content, requirements, time and venues, please visit www.icm.gov.mo/macaoparade.
The “Traditional Puppets Workshop”, instructed in English (with Cantonese interpretation provided) by professional puppet masters from the Htwe Oo Myanmar Puppetry Home, will be run across 12 sessions at the Gugumelo Art Education Centre from 25 November to 5 December. The participants will learn step by step to carve, mount and perform with puppets and experience the fun of puppet making. The workshop targets participants aged 13 and above and charges MOP400 for materials which amount to be paid at the first session. Participants who attend 80% or more of the workshops will receive a full refund of the materials’ fee.
All interested residents are welcome to register for the above-mentioned workshops from 19 November through the Cultural Affairs Bureau’s Activity Registration System at www.icm.gov.mo/eform/event. Availability for each workshop is limited and vacancies are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. For details of the Parade’s activities, please visit the event’s official website at www.icm.gov.mo/macaoparade and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/macaoparade.