Beyond the gleam of fancy hotels and the thrill of casinos, Macau is also brimming with vibrant arts programmes. Whether you enjoy a live show, love museums, or are an aficionado of some of the finer things in life, this month you’ll want to bask in all the cultural offerings at our sister SAR.
Hotly touted as the next greatest stage sensation since House of Dancing Water, Elekron at Studio City takes a post-apocalyptic setting with death-defying acrobat acts, hair-raising stunts featuring more than 70 electric vehicles -- including sports cars, quad bikes, FMX bikes and even a biplane. With the collaboration with entertainment architects Stufish -- whose previous designs include stages for Elton John, Madonna, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Lady Gaga -- it’s sure to be a stunning performance and a night out to remember.
Taiwanese master sculptor Ju Ming’s works (perhaps the most iconic in Hong Kong being at Central’s Exchange Square) are unparalleled with their renowned, one-of-a-kind aesthetic. This must-see retrospective looks at some of the artist’s most significant bodies of work, from his colourful painted wood sculptures to his later black and white series and wood relief sculptures, as well as his twisted and winding stainless steel works. Different collections are exhibited across three galleries at the MGM Cotai.
Ju Ming Living World Sculpture
A must-see for any petrolhead, this landmark exhibition was first shown at London’s The Design Museum and now makes its way to the City of Dreams. You’ll get a chance to see up close 10 of the rarest and most historically significant Ferrari models in the world: from the first ever Ferrari to Michael Schumacher’s winning Formula One car, and all the enchanting memorabilia in between, telling the 70-year legend of founder Enzo Ferrari.
Ferrari: Under the Skin
Watch and jewellery lovers are in for a treat in Macau: the yearly venerable fine timepiece and jewellery exhibition hosted by DFS celebrates its 10th anniversary with no less than an extravaganza. Aficionados, collectors and first-timers alike can take a gander at over 400 gems of haute horlogerie from across 30 carefully curated brands, and over 30 exquisite jewellery pieces from eight iconic houses. There are also exclusive pieces created especially for the occasion, all of which you can view and purchase -- for instance the Bulgari Octo Tourbillion Sapphire, with only 50 pieces in the world, or the Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Horse, a DFS exclusive with just five in the world. After the end of February, the exhibition will also travel to DFS locations in Hawaii and Sydney.
Masters of Time X
Themed “Extra. Ordinary,” the 18th edition of the Macau City Fringe Festival invites viewers to see the exuberance and creativity in the day to day. A range of eclectic performances and outreach activities take over Macau for the month of January -- from a cross between circus act and Indian dance to an outdoor orchestra paired with sound art installation played by the audience members themselves, there’s something fascinating for all walks of life.
18th Macau City Fringe Festival
We may be well acquainted with shots of Hong Kong’s verticality, but what about Macau? Those curious will want to catch these jaw-dropping and inspiring aerial photography works by Chan Hin Lo at this exhibition presented by the Taipa Village Cultural Association. Chan’s aerial drone shots toe the line between abstraction and important landscape documentation, giving us a unique vantage point of our sister SAR.