June is known as the Month of Portugal, which means lots of activities and cultural happenings to celebrate this date. June 10 is the Day of Portugal and the Portuguese Communities, bringing several events across different continents and places around the world to celebrate this country’s culture and language.
This year in Macau, there are cinema cycles, a concert, art exhibitions and much more to attend. The festivities start on June 4, with an exhibition of works by a Portuguese architect residing in Macau, Adalberto Tenreiro. Called “Days of Portugal”, it’s a graphic narrative of drawings the author made while traveling across the country, from north to south. It’s open to the public until July 10, 2020. June 5 and 6 are reserved for a cinema cycle: Macau’s own edition of Indie Lisbon. There’s the chance to see a bit of everything: from documentaries to short movies, features and animations, there are Portuguese films, but also foreign ones. Past Perfect (by Jorge Jácome), Raposa (by Leonor Noivo), and many others. On June 6, head with the little ones to Casa Garden for “O Arraial”, a puppets show. June 10 kicks off, as always, with the Portuguese flag flying, followed by an exhibition by Portuguese artist, Madalena Fonseca, at Tap Seac’s Glass House.
The Tribute to Portuguese Music concert, with Casa de Portugal’s own band on the stage, takes place on the night of June 12, so gather your friends and family to check out some lusophone tunes! The following weekend of June 13 and 14 are, once again, dedicated to cinema: NY Portuguese Short Film Festival and CPLP (Portuguese Speaking Countries) is an initiative by the Arte Institute and happens for the fifth time in Macau this year. Focused on Portuguese cinema made by Portuguese filmmakers all over the world, it first took place in the USA, 2011. The audience will be able to see more than 20 short films, at Casa Garden.
June 18 is the day photographer and artist António Mil-Homens presents his painting exhibition, Monochrome. June 24 and 26 are the celebrations’ last days and are dedicated to literature. On Wednesday, Tap Seac’s Glass House hosts the release of the book “Rio das Pérolas” (Pearl River), which is comprised of poems and verses about Macau written by 24 writers. At last, a literary night: Casa Garden is where this edition of the commemorations end, with local artists and authors declaiming poetry written by their favorite writers or themselves.
When: June 4–6, 10, 12–14, 18, 24 and 26, 2020
How much: Free admission
For more information, check the organizer’s Facebook page