Premium Macau wants to turn 'resorts' and consulates into art galleries for five months

Macau will host an international festival between June and October, which aims to transform several city 'resorts' and consulates into art galleries over five months, the organization said today.

In addition to integrating other events already existing in the territory, "Arte Macau" has established partnerships to bring exhibitions to different stages: foreign consulates, hotels and "resorts".

The six gaming operators have already given the "green light" to the Government, making themselves available to host several exhibitions in that period, told Lusa a source of the Cultural Institute (IC), which organizes the event alongside with the Directorate of Tourism Services.

As for the diplomatic representations, the IC declined to name the participants, adding only that "different consulates" have already agreed to host the exhibitions.

The "pre-events" will start next week, with the opening of the exhibition "Drawings of the Italian Renaissance of the British Museum" at the Macau Museum of Art on the 12th.

The exhibition "explores the importance of drawing in the creative process of artists between 1470 and 1580" and presents "52 original drawings of 42 masters of the Italian Renaissance", among Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael and Rosso Fiorentino, according to CI.

Despite the secrecy surrounding the program, the IC has announced the spectacle of contemporary dance "The Siege by Yang Liping" and concerts by the Macau Orchestra and the MacauChinese Orchestra.

This "new tourism product" was also presented by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam, on a recent visit to Lisbon.

For Alexis Tam, Macau has "all the conditions to be a privileged stage of the contemporary arts," he said at a press conference today.

The 30th MacauArts Festival, the celebrations of the day of Portugal in June, and the 16th edition of the International Youth Festival of Dance, events already announced, will be integrated into the festival.