The Macau Forum will “further” boost cultural exchange between China, Macau and Portuguese-speaking countries, as well as cooperation in all areas, “to a new level,” said the Deputy Secretary-General.
At the inauguration Friday of the 13th Cultural Week of China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, Ding Tian said that cultural and artistic exchange, during the covid-19 pandemic, “has highlighted the importance of building a community of shared future for humanity,” according to a statement released today.
To develop Macau’s role as a service platform for trade cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, enshrined in the 14th five-year plan of the Chinese state, this edition of the cultural week includes new elements, such as the contest to create promotional videos about the Portuguese-speaking countries, the cycle of artistic exhibitions “Lusophone Polychromies” and ‘workshops’ of the Portuguese-speaking countries, taking place since June, in ‘online’ and ‘offline’ formats.
On the website of the cultural week, 18 cultural programs will showcase Huangmei opera pieces from the Chinese province of Anhui (East), music, dance, theater, handicrafts and gastronomy from the nine countries participating in the Forum: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, East Timor and China.
More than 180 students from more than 20 Chinese, Portuguese-speaking and Macau higher education institutions participated, with a total of 50 works, in the contest to create promotional videos about the Portuguese-speaking countries, whose prizes were delivered on the same occasion.
The works “Estou Te Esperando em Angola”, “Café do Brasil”, “Guiné Bissau”, “Um dia em Portugal”, “Olá! Eu-me São Tomé e Príncipe”, “Em Timor-Leste há uma lenda fantástica” were distinguished with the “winner prize”.
As part of the “Policromias Lusófonas” exhibition cycle, the works by Inu Bere, from Timor-Leste, will be on show to the public between November 19th and December 5th, and a workshop with a theme from this country will also take place.
China established the Macau Special Administrative Region as a platform for economic and trade cooperation with the Portuguese-speaking countries in 2003, when it created the Macau Forum.
This forum has a permanent secretariat, meets at ministerial level every three years and includes, besides the secretary-general and three deputy secretaries-general, eight delegates from the Portuguese-speaking countries.
Five ministerial conferences of the Macau Forum were held in the territory in October 2003, September 2006, November 2010, November 2013, and October 2016, during which Action Plans for Economic and Trade Cooperation were approved.
Originally scheduled for 2019, the sixth ministerial conference was postponed to June 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic, and remains so far undated.