Macau’s integrated resorts are a popular holiday destination, offering a variety of entertainment and dining options for visitors and locals alike. The Macau Government has in recent years been diversifying its tourism offerings, and becoming increasingly supportive of activities and events related to MICE, sports, and arts and culture offerings, etc. The iIntegrated resorts similarly have also been trying to diversify their offerings to include more non-gaming elements in their facilities to make it a destination for tourists and local residents, and for families and individuals alike.
The Galaxy Entertainment Group has all along been supportive of non-gaming related events and activities in Macau, regularly sponsoring and hosting sporting, arts, and cultural events. In recent years, its Galaxy Macau resort has begun to offer diversified offerings for its visitors, in particular recreational elements such as cinemas, performance venues and a food street at Broadway Macau with restaurants run by local small and medium enterprises to make it more family-friendly and appealing to local residents as well as overseas tourists.
Furthermore, a variety of recreational events are often hosted by Galaxy Entertainment Group on its premises such as themed food festivals, E-sports competition (the CEC China E-Sports carnival held at Broadway Theatre being the city’s first large-scale premium e-sports event), and family-friendly exhibitions such as “Hello Kitty, Hello Again” in July 2019, and “MOVE: Into the Wildlife” in January 2020.
Since its establishment, the Galaxy Entertainment Group Foundation has been exploring ways to promote arts & culture in Macau. It was in 2018 when the Foundation began discussing a collaboration with Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum which culminated in the signing of a “cultural memorandum of understanding” in early 2019, enabling its first ever large-scale arts and cultural eventexhibition: “Grace Kelly: From Hollywood to Monaco – Artists’ Tributes”. The positive feedback confirms and encourages the Foundation to continue its efforts in promoting arts and culture in the community, and to launch its dedicated art space “GalaxyArt” in July, 2021, with the inaugural exhibition “Juxtapose: Stories in Steel”.
It is the Foundation’s hope to continue to extend the GEG Arts & Culture Initiative beyond visual arts to include the performing arts, via collaboration with various venues at Galaxy Macau™, to popularize arts and cultures in Macao, with a particular focus on young people.
GalaxyArt is a non-profit space that is managed by the Galaxy Entertainment Group Foundation, located within The Promenade Shops at Galaxy Macau™. It was unveiled on 20 July 2021, as an extension to the “GEG Arts & Culture Initiative”.
At GalaxyArt, we believe that arts and culture have unlimited potential to deliver meaningful experiences to the visiting public. We will be hosting ongoing arts and cultural exhibitions throughout the year, curated for both locals and tourists alike, but with a particular focus on young people to expose them to, and to broaden their horizon in the arts.
GalaxyArt Website: www.gegfoundation.org.mo/galaxyart
GalaxyArt Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GalaxyArt.Macao
“Grace Kelly: from Hollywood to Monaco – Artists’ Tributes”, a GEG Presentation at “Art Macao 2019” organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao, was co-organised by the Galaxy Entertainment Group Foundation and Grimaldi Forum of Monaco.
The exhibition traces the story of legendary movie star Grace Kelly, from her Hollywood days as an Oscar-winning actress, to become Princess of Monaco. On display were fashion pieces, jewellery items and accessories, photos and moving images from the collections of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. Exhibits included photographs and moving images of Grace Kelly with public figures, celebrities and royalties, her Oscar award, her wedding gown, the eponymous Hermes Kelly bag and her favourite jewellery pieces designed and crafted by Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, highlighted with a rare print of Grace Kelly by Andy Warhol, an iconic figure in the "Pop Art" movement.
The exhibition ran from May 17 to August 28, 2019 at Galaxy Macau, with guided tours for the public on Saturdays and Sundays during the event period. Separately, the Foundation also invited local schools to join docent-led exhibition tours, followed by various related art, design and photography workshops afterwards. Over three months, the Exhibition attracted over 170,000 visitors.
“Juxtapose: Stories in Steels”, the inaugural exhibition of GalaxyArt, was hosted from July 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022, as one of the special exhibitions of “Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale 2021”.
The exhibition, featuring Malaysian artist Tang Mun Kian with 11 steel rod sculptures which highlight heritage sites, industries and festivals in Macao, helps to recall the CityMacao‘s history and cultures, and to view highlight the importance of conservation as an investment in our community, which will reward us through leaving our community with an invaluable resource for future generations.
Virtual tour of the exhibition was available on GalaxyArt website, and docent-led guided tours and schools tours were provided to the general public. The exhibition also included extended programs such as Children’s Storytelling Sessions and Handicraft Workshops, ““Stop, Look and Think!” workshops, and Caricature Drawing Workshop.
“The Art of Bamboo: from Qilin to Contemporary Art”, showing artworks by Hong Kong artist Louis To, was held at GalaxyArt from January 18 to May 15, 2022. Handcrafted bamboo sculptures, with Chinese mystical animals Qilin and Chiwen showcased alongside contemporary works, demonstrate how this traditional craft has evolved into the modern-day art scene. Video documentaries offering a glimpse inside the artist’s mind and demonstrating the process of how these bamboo artworks are sculpted are also being shown.
It is the Foundation’s wish to introduce the art of bamboo craft to the general public, and to nurture and inspire our next generation of young people to bring a new life to this traditional Chinese culture and intangible heritage.
Over the last 4 months, docent-led guided tours for the general public and schools guided tours, ranging from primary through secondary schools to tertiary institutions, were provided, as well as hands-on parent-child workshops.
“5 a.m.” Exhibition showcases a collection of more than 40 oil paintings by local artist Yuen Wai-Ip, dating between 1990s and 2020s. For the stories told in exhibition, it is that one to two hours at the change of light when the artist parks himself in front of the canvas in his studio when his journey begins.
With the exhibition, the Foundation hopes to share with the public a meaningful visual experience, where the embodiment of aesthetics does not only lie in the surface of the works but also in the originator that creates them. It encourages people to use the artworks to reconnect with themselves in this fast-paced life, to stay grounded and focused, as artists do, and to think critically about things around.
Expanding on the GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme, the Foundation participated in the 31st Macao Arts Festival as venue sponsor for its “Dialogue Between the East and the West” concert on Sunday 9th May 2021. The Macao Chinese Orchestra performed at the Broadway Theatre and presented a concert with music performed with Chinese and Western instruments, “opening an East-West dialogue through the fusion of Chinese and Western music”.
Furthermore, the Foundation had invited over 200 students from 7 local schools to attend the rehearsal session the day before the actual concert. Both students and teachers treasured the unique experience of exploring how a professional orchestra rehearsed and prepared for a concert.
GEG Foundation had expanded the collaboration with the Cultural Affairs Bureau in 2022 by participating in the 32nd Macao Arts Festival as venue sponsor. Two selected screenings of international stage performances were shown at the Grand Theatre of Galaxy Cinemas, and a family theatre play of four showings were conducted at the Broadway Theatre, Broadway Macau™.
25 April 2022: Selected Screenings of International Stage Performances “Monte Cristo” (Galaxy Cinemas)
6 May 2022: Selected Screenings of International Stage Performances “A Swan Lake” (Galaxy Cinemas)
7-8 May 2022: Interactive family show “Doodle POP” (Broadway Theatre)
Moreover, the Foundation invited teachers, students and their parents from the “sign-bilingualism” inclusive classes in Colégio Diocesano de São José (5ª) to attend the family theatre play “Doodle POP” on 7 May 2022. Children and parents enjoyed the performance and appreciated the special experience, and they look forward to more opportunities to attend similar performances in the Macao Arts Festival in the future.
32nd Macao Arts Festival
32nd Macao Arts Festival: Selected Screenings of International Stage Performances
32nd Macao Arts Festival: Doodle POP