Editor's note

Macau is no stranger to hosting a variety of colourful and entertaining cultural and arts festivals, and since 2012, the calendar for the first half of the year has been highlighted by The Script Road – Macau Literary Festival, organized by our sister publication, Ponto Final, and supported by
Macau came alive with fashion talent last month with two major events taking place simultaneously at The Venetian: The Macau Fashion Fair and Sands Macao Fashion Week.
We are certainly fortunate in Macau, that all throughout the year there is never a shortage of cultural and arts events.  And in this area, October is always a very full month.   
Earlier this month, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma visited Macau to sign the Framework Agreement for Strategic Cooperation in the Area of Building an Intelligent City.
The Macau Jazz Club and local group The Bridge, having been entertaining Jazz lovers in the city for many years, but it hasn’t always been easy for them to find a permanent home, and as a result, they have faded into the background from time to time, but never completely disappeared.
There are very few industries in Macau that haven’t been impacted by the economic boom over the past years.  But one sector you might not have thought of so much is modeling.
This issue of Macau CLOSER shows the great impact art has in the lives of people and communities. 
The recently released photobiography of Carlos d’Assumpção – Um Homem de Valor by Celina Veiga de Oliveira, traces the legacy of one of the most important figures in Macau’s political life during the second half of the twentieth century.

Life is an apparently irreversible succession of events, organized by what we commonly define as time. Time has been an object of fixation to humans, to some more than to others. To me, time is like an executioner, sitting there, waiting. Time is unforgiving.

Ung Vai Meng was a name I quickly came to learn when I first arrived in Macau in 2010. I stepped foot for the very first time in this city in January that year, and one month later Ung Vai Meng was taking the wheel of the Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau.