Whether you’re looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day treat or an easy getaway for the upcoming holiday weekend celebrating Buddha’s Birthday, Macau is always a no-brainer. We’re also in luck this month, as a wave of arts exhibitions and pop-ups are perfect for exploring during the long weekend ahead.
Tria Spa Promotions at MGM Cotai and MGM Macau
Head to Tria Spa at MGM Cotai and MGM Macau for the long weekend and treat yourself and your mum to a Mother’s Day surprise — every MOP3,000 spent at designated restaurants or both locations of Tria Spa can get you a complimentary voucher of up to MOP600. It’s the perfect way to unwind after enjoying the special Mother’s Day pastries at Janice Wong MGM, or the delectable set menus at MGM Cotai, or perhaps even an elegant 30s style brunch buffet at Aux Beau Arts at MGM Macau.
Tria Spa, MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Macau; MGM Cotai, Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Macau
Dior Pink City Pop-up at DFS Macau
When: 28 April–30 June
“Every woman should have something pink in her wardrobe,” Christian Dior once said. Pink addicts won’t need to think twice before making a beeline to this rosy hued pop-up, celebrating Dior’s beauty icons and heritage in collaboration with DFS and Galaxy Macau. The pop-up begins with the Pink Flower Shop, a discovery centre for Dior Fragrances as well as a tribute to Christian Dior’s love for flowers. Next, the Pink Library is where you’ll want to lounge as you choose your perfect shade of pink, and try the new Dior Addict Stellar Shine lipstick for yourselves. You can also personalise gifts with exclusive gift-wrap and engraving options. Once stage-ready with your new lip makeover with the help of Dior’s makeup artists, you’ll want to head to the Pink Music Hall, where you can channel your best Cara Delevingne smoulder in a karaoke booth photo op. Finally, the Pink Café offers rose tea and pink bites for plenty of ‘grammable delights.
T Gallery by DFS, The Promenade Shops, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau
When: June–October; exhibitions: 12 April–30 June Italian Renaissance Drawings, 4 May–28 July Beauty in the New Era
The very first edition of Art Macao, a grand celebration of visual art, lands in the city this summer, but not before two pre-festival exhibitions arrive to whet the appetite. Art lovers can peruse works by great masters in the “Italian Renaissance Drawings from the British Museum”, which includes 52 masterpieces by 42 Italian Renaissance artists, telling the story of the transformations and innovations that took place during the golden age. Concurrently, “Beauty in the New Era – Masterpieces from the Collection of the National Art Museum of China” (4 May–28 July) presents 90 works by modern and contemporary masters, tracing the development of Chinese art in the last 100 years.
Macau Museum of Art, Avenida Xian Xing Hai, Macau
Grace Kelly: From Hollywood to Monaco — Artists’ Tributes
When: 16 May–28 August
One of the satellite exhibitions occurring ahead of the inaugural edition of Art Macao pays tribute to the inimitable style icon that is Grace Kelly. Located at a special gallery space in Galaxy Macau’s Crystal Lobby, you’ll find a rare collection of photographs and moving images of Grace Kelly, her Oscar award, wedding gown, the eponymous Kelly bag and designer jewellery once owned by the Princess. There’s also a series of artworks inspired by her, featuring a rare portrait print by Andy Warhol.
Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau
30th Macao Arts Festival
When: 3 May–2 June
Price: HK$150–300 from Macau Ticket
The 30th edition of the yearly Macao Arts Festival marks an important milestone. This year, the festival pays homage to classic productions as well as supporting the birth of new classics. Vertikal kicks off the festival, produced by French choreographer Mourad Merzouki and hip hop troupe CCN Créteil & Val-de-Marne / Cie Käfig. The festival closes with The Soul of Macao, a Cantonese opera production based on an original play by a Macanese author.
More information at ICM
João Miguel Barros: Photo-Scripts
When: 13 April–2 June
Previously exhibited in Portugal, photographer João Miguel Barros now showcases his stunning monochrome series at Macau’s Navy Yard No. 1 art space. Each piece is paired with a short story, taking each visitor on a journey of emotions — from a comforting stroll along a beach at sunrise to the unnerving sensation that comes with following an unknown path.
Navy Yard No. 1, Rua de São Tiago da Barra, Macau