Taipa treat

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 September, 2007, 12:00am

Brazilian poet Olavo Bilac described Portuguese as ultima flor do Lacio, inculta e bela, or 'the last flower of Latin, wild and beautiful'. Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author of Don Quixote, regarded it as 'the sweet language'. More than 200million people across the globe speak Portuguese.

A selection of these people will represent their countries at the 10th Annual Lusofonia Festival on Taipa Island from October 19 to 21. Lusofonia describes Portuguese-speaking communities, largely made up of former colonies and immigrant communities worldwide. The festival aims to bring them together in a celebration of their common heritage. Admission is free.

The event will feature activities ranging from music and dance performances to traditional Portuguese games and a special selection of children's games from 2pm to 6pm each day, and promises to be a great weekend for the family.

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of Macau has been organising the event since 1998 and next month it will be held at the Taipa Houses-Museum and Carmo Zone on Taipa Island. 'Due to the mixture of Portuguese and Chinese cultures in Macau, we will hold the event on Taipa Island where this cultural uniqueness is strongly reflected,' Antonio Machado, senior technician with the Macau government's Department of Cultural Activities and Recreation, says.

The festival will incorporate stalls from Portuguese-speaking countries such as Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor and Mozambique, and the former Portuguese enclaves of Daman and Diu in India.