In order to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the inscription of “The Historic Centre of Macao” on World Heritage List, the Cultural Affairs Bureau promotes, together with several entities, a series of activities, which include new historic and cultural facilities in operation, exhibitions, a seminar and new publications, cultural performances, and highlighted activities, in a total of 35 events. These activities are aimed at building an effective platform of cooperation, allowing the local population and visitors to celebrate the inscription of “The Historic Centre of Macao” on the World Heritage List through different cultural activities, hoping to raise every social sector’s awareness to the protection and transmission of cultural heritage and promoting its universal values.
Opening of new historic and cultural facilities; building’s revitalization and repurposing for daily life
Starting from June, several new and renovated historic and cultural facilities entered into operation. The existing information point at Guia Fortress (including the Guia Chapel and Lighthouse) was converted into the “Guia Fortress Information Centre”, opening at the end of June and featuring a brief introduction on the history of the Guia Fortress, including respective building models, and also a retrospective of the restoration works of Our Lady of Guia paintings. The Lu Ban Carpentry Exhibition opens to the public in July displaying, in an interactive and interesting way, over 70 traditional carpentry tools and housing components, in addition to a multimedia presentation on the Macao Carpentry Trade Union. The Jao Tsung-I Academy, scheduled to open in August, holds a permanent exhibition of Professor Jao Tsung-I painting and calligraphy donations as well as a collection of works and a catalogue of his works, also featuring an auditorium and a gallery for other themed exhibitions, aiming at promoting Chinese culture and arts as well as academic exchange on Chinese studies related topics. The Cinematheque．Passion, which will be in trial operation from September, is a multi-purpose space that features an art cinema and a film documentation room, whose mission is to organise local film resources, to create a creative atmosphere of local filmmaking, to broaden the local sector’s horizons as well as to establish international exchange networks. As a unique witness to the profession of night-watchmen in Macao, the Patane Night Watch House will open to the public in the second half of this year, hosting an exhibition about the work of Macao’s former night watchmen, giving residents a glimpse of those bygone days. The opening of historic and cultural facilities as well as the revitalization and repurposing of historical buildings reflect the importance of protection works of Macao’s heritage.
Varied exhibitions share heritage protection achievements
This series of activities include several exhibitions. In order to commemorate the 2015 China Cultural Heritage Day, “Genesis and Spirit－Showcase of Henan Province Intangible Cultural Heritage” will reveal the charm of Henan Province’s intangible cultural heritage. “The 10th Anniversary of the Historic Centre of Macao as World Heritage － Exhibition on the achievements in safeguarding the cultural heritage in Macao” will exhibit the results of the protection works of Macao’s cultural heritage carried out in the past 10 years. For the first time, exhibitions that unite with major sports events will be held, such as the Macao International Dragon Boat Races and the Macau International Marathon, introducing the charm of the Historic Centre of Macao to the public. Another exhibition will be “Global Mapping of Macao”, revealing Macao’s role in the cultural exchange between the East and the West through excellent reproductions of ancient maps from all over the world.
Academic seminar on protection; other activities count on the participation of the whole population
On occasion of the10th anniversary of the Historic Centre of Macao as World Heritage and in order to promote studies on the Historic Centre of Macao and the protection of the city’s cultural heritage, local and foreign experts have been invited to participate in the “International Academic Seminar on the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage”. Several works related to Macao’s cultural heritage and its protection will also be published, such as “Historic Centre of Macao”, “Retrospective of the Protection Works on the 10th Anniversary of the Historic Centre of Macao as World Heritage”, “Book Series of Macao Cultural Heritage”, “Poems by Zheng Guangying”, a special edition of the Review of Culture on the 10th Anniversary of the Historic Centre of Macao as World Heritage and “Photo Album on the Historic Centre of Macao”, exploring in depth the cultural meaning of World Heritage and introducing Macao’s valuable cultural resources and the achievements attained in its preservation.
In addition, the Macao Orchestra, the Macao Chinese Orchestra and the Macao Conservatory’s Schools of Music and Theatre present several performances at World Heritage sites, allowing citizens to experience the harmonious symbiosis between heritage and art. Scheduled activities further include the “Cultural Heritage’s Connection to the Future” Lectures, which will take place in schools and aim to arouse student’s interest in cultural heritage. In order to contribute to the festive atmosphere, activities open to the whole population will take place, namely the “10th anniversary of the Historic Centre of Macao as World Heritage－WeChat Prize for World Heritage Outlook”, a “Cultural Heritage In-depth Guided Tour” destined for Macao tourists and the Macao Post stamp edition “The Historic Centre of Macao”, thereby allowing local citizens and visitors to experience the joy of the 10th anniversary of the inscription of The Historic Centre of Macao on World Heritage List.