Goût de France 2017

Goût de France / Good France returns on the 21 March to tease and tantalise tastebuds globally. Orchestrated by chef Alain Ducasse and the French government with the intent to showcase the French way of life, regional produce, and France as a tourist destination. Goût de France is inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched a Dîners d’Épicure (Epicurean Dinners) initiative in 1912: the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities, for as many guests as possible.

This year over 2,000 chefs on 5 continents are creating a special menu to celebrate French gastronomy and joie de vivre. Locally 15 restaurants are participating at a wide range of price points, with some menu offerings only available on the 21 March, while others are on offer all week.

The Good France menu should include an aperitif with finger food, a starter, one or two main course(s), a cheese platter and a dessert, accompanied by French wines and champagnes. The outlets taking part locally this year are:

Akrame (Wanchai)
AOC Eat & Drink
(Wanchai)
B.A.M le garde manger (Sheung Wan)
Brasserie on the Eighth (Admiralty)
Chez Raymond de Paris (Sai Kung)
Epure (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Fleur de Sel (Causeway Bay)
La Cabane Wine Bistro (Central)
La Table de Patrick (Central)
Le Bistro Winebeast (Wanchai)
Otto Restaurant & Bar (Causeway Bay)
Petrus (Admiralty)
Privé (Ponte 16, Macau)
Rech by Alain Ducasse (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Stan Café (Stanley)

For more details on the individual menus see each restaurants website and for more on Goût de France see www.goodfrance.com

Sandy Lam Pranava World Tour @ Cotai Arena – 4 March, 2017

Sandy Lam bought her Pranava World Tour to the Cotai Arena in Macau on the 4 March and entertained her fans with a ‘best of’ repertoire of classic love ballads and upbeat dance tracks.

Bon Appétit! – Macau Fringe Festival

Entitled A Feast of Creativity! Bon Appétit! and adopting the concept “All around the city, our stages, our patrons, our artists”, the 16th Macau Fringe Festival looks to offer an arts banquet for an entire city.

2017’s banquet includes a hairdresser’s salon turned into a musical. A recreation of an entertainment house at Beco da Felicidade and a funeral at the Ruins of St. Paul’s in the middle of the night. Organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, The Macau Fringe Festival runs from 13 to 22 January 2017 and features 23 programmes at multiple venues.

Zuò Zuò Tea House reveals the solitude and secrets of Rua da Felicidade by combining elements of dance and music and digging into the history of Macau’s red-light district. Mobile Kitchen invites people from the cultural field to take the role of chefs and share their cuisine, whether refined or homely, and encourage the public to savour the flavour of life.

In Antiwords, produced by Czech Republic Spitfire Company, two actresses drink beer after beer, bragging and arguing in an explosive mix of nonsensical humour and imagination. Circolando’s Night which debuts on the first day of the Festival features a trio of men who through their intensely physical and emotional expression ask questions of language and aesthetics.

In Good Hands, by Catherine Ireton, is a live musical set in a hairdressing salon about secrets and trust. The Magnificent 4 uses the human body as an instrument and a choreography that makes use of the legs and hand-clapping in creating a unique tempo.

In 5 Women, Dutch choreographer Kevin Pollak joins hands with five dancers at a birthday party set in a café where, through dance and movement, secrets that cannot be shared emerge. The Smooth Life is a puppet show set to Arabian music that tells the true story of the life of the director Husam Abed in a Palestinian refugee camp.

Funeral for the Living, directed by Daisuke Sagawa and performed by Japanese company Theatre Moments, debates issues of life and death. While The Other Side of the Sacred produced by Macao choreographer Candy Kuok in cooperation with Nina Dipla takes the audience on a journey that mixes dance, poetry and music.

In Weaving Landscape: Night Tide, the Associação de Arte e Cultura – Comuna de Pedra use different materials as a medium of creativity, making use of body language and installation art to explore the relationship between body, fabrics and all living things.

There’s also a range of extended programmes including Thematic talks: Foreign Theatre – Body, Memory and Labour and Fringe Reviews 2017, where artists and performing groups in different fields will share their creation experiences. For the full programme see www.macaucityfringe.gov.mo, tickets are on sale now from Macauticket.

Macau Fringe Festival
Date: 13-22 January 2017
Venue: various
Tickets: MacauTicket
More info: www.macaucityfringe.gov.mo

Sophie Marceau @ The Parisian – 8 January, 2017

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French actress Sophie Marceau was at The Parisian in Macau for a little l’amour with 99 couples on the 8 January. The cocktail party at the ‘Eiffel Tower’ also featured a performance by Macau band Soler.
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Local View Power 2017

A new year, while not wiping the slate, brings new opportunities. The Macao Cultural Centre‘s (CCM) annual Local View Power offers the chance for budding Directors and actors/actresses to flex their cinematic minds and engage their creative skills in one of three categories Documentary, Short-feature or Animation and see their ideas funded and appear on the silver screen.

The project has produced more than 90 films since 2007 with the CCM providing financial and technical support for local filmmakers who have the drive and desire to transform their ideas and visions into moving images.

The proposal submission deadline is 23 January, 2017 and more detailed information and the submission regulations can be found here http://www.ccm.gov.mo/programme/prog17/LVP2017/LVP2017_reg_e.htm

5th Annual Nebraska Beef Macau BBQ @ Studio City – 14 November, 2016

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The 5th Annual American BBQ, Nebraska in Macau took place at Studio City on the 14 November, 2016. Over 300 people including US Consul General Kurt Tong and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts enjoyed Nebraska and US beef, pork and lamb cooked and prepared in over 20 different ways.

Sponsored by the Nebraska Beef Council and organised by US Meat Export Federation and the Nebraska and US Agricultural Trade Offices in HK with assistance from Angliss. The annual event looks to raise awareness of the quality and taste of American meat and agricultural produce.
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One Championship, Heroes of the World @ CotaiArena – 13 August, 2016

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Ten bouts of MMA at the One Championship, Heroes of the World, held at the Venetian Macau‘s CotaiArena in Macau.
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Photos: Jayne Russell

One Championship, Heroes of the World.

One Championship, Heroes of the World

One Championship, Heroes of the World.

28th Macau Fireworks Display Competition

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Now in it’s 28th year the Macau International Fireworks Display Contest takes place at the sea area across from the Macau Tower on the 3rd, 10th, 15th and 24th September and 1st October. Ten teams will compete in the year’s event and look to dazzle the Macau skyline with spectacular displays tied to a series of themes: Pyro Fantasia, Tribute to Bond, Mid-Autumn Harmony, Stars from Afar and Celebration in the Sky.

Organised by Macao Government Tourism Office, which again requested teams to choreograph their fireworks displays with music and laser projections, the contest pits globally-acclaimed pyrotechnic companies against each other. This year’s strong line-up of competitors features ten teams from (in order of appearance in the contest): Thailand, Portugal, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Italy, Canada, Romania and China. The Romanian and Canadian companies are making their Macau debuts while the other eight teams have all entertained and placed well in previous years.

28th Macao Fireworks Display Competition
Date: 9pm, 9:40pm, 3, 10, 1524 September, 1 October, 2016
Venue: Sea in front of the Macau Tower
Tickets: Free