By Sofia Jesus
Another weekend in full is here. The literary feast in the city continues, even outside the borders of The Script Road. Let’s start with a dragon.
Today, Friday, at 6 pm, at Creative Macau, Bernadette Terra launches the first two of 13 children books about Macau, to be published in three languages — English, Portuguese and Chinese. Mak, The City’s Friendly Dragon is the name of the book series that hopes to become something Macau can call as its own and be proud of, as the writer told mART this week. It is an independent project that resulted from the voluntary work of a multicultural team that includes an artist from Peru — Natsumi Agrada Kurisaki — as its illustrator.
Speaking of books, this is another tasty weekend for literature lovers, thanks to The Script Road — Macau Literary Festival, which lasts until March 19. The programme is quite rich, so let me just highlight two sessions. One will be held tomorrow, at 3 pm, in the Old Court Building. The session, hosted by Madeleine Thien, is called The Writers and Their Books — Do Not Say We Have Nothing. The latter was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction, according to The Script Road. Another session I would like to highlight is Sunday’s 7 pm-session, with Portuguese songwriter Sérgio Godinho, who will be introducing his first novel Coração Mais que Perfeito.
Meanwhile, there are several exhibitions that are being held in the city — including in The Script Road. For instance, I should tell you that, if your schedule is tight during the week, this will be your last weekend to check out the Exhibition of Works by Wong Fong Man — Paintings about Honourable Chinese Ladies from the Dynasties and in Modern Times, which will end on March 15. The exhibition is being held at UNESCO Centre of Macao.
Finally, a note to all those eager to enjoy some of the shows of the 28th Macao Arts Festival: tickets will be on sale at the Macau Ticketing Network starting on Sunday, March 12, from 10 am. You know these events usually get sold out soon, so make sure to grab your spot.