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    IC announces inventory of intangible cultural heritage

    20/10/2017

    In order to identify, recognize and safeguard Macao’s intangible cultural heritage, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym), in accordance with the provisions of the Cultural Heritage Protection Law, drew up and officially announced the inventory of intangible cultural heritage today (22 September). Currently, a total of 15 elements are included in the inventory, namely Yueju Opera (Cantonese Opera), Herbal Tea Brewing, Woodwork – Religious Figure Carving, Cantonese Naamyam (Narrative Songs), Taoist Ritual Music, Festival of the Drunken Dragon, Belief and Customs of A-Ma, Belief and Customs of Na Tcha, Patuá Theatre, Macanese Gastronomy, Belief and Customs of Tou Tei, Belief and Customs of Chu Tai Sin, the Craft of Bamboo Scaffolding, the Procession of the Passion of Our Lord the God Jesus and the Procession of Our Lady of Fatima.

    Cultural Affairs Bureau continues to give post-typhoon assistance to heritage buildings

    29/08/2017

    In order to promptly restore and maintain the heritage buildings affected by the typhoon, the Cultural Affairs Bureau has contacted the owners and representatives of the administrators of 44 temples and 17 churches in order to discuss the follow-up works tomorrow, 30 August, including the relevant maintenance works and the implementation of specific restoration and protection measures, in order to ensure the comprehensive safety of heritage buildings.

    Cultural Affairs inspected the status of various heritage buildings

    24/08/2017

    Due to the impact of typhoon Hato, the Cultural Affairs Bureau has immediately sent staff to conduct an urgent inspection to various heritage buildings today (24 August). The inspection area includes the Historic Centre of Macao, the classified immovable properties (including 61 monuments and 46 buildings of architectural interest), and the major temples and churches. In order to ensure the safety of the buildings, the Cultural Affairs Bureau has contacted the owners and the administrators of the related buildings to understand the actual situation and sent staff to the sites for detailed inspection. After the first round of inspection, it is initially identified that most of the heritage buildings do not show immediate structural danger; some heritage buildings are damaged though, affected by the collapse of trees or the lack of water and electricity supply, etc. The Cultural Affairs Bureau will send staff to provide assistance.

    Cultural facilities of the Cultural Affairs Bureau post-typhoon reopening arrangements

    24/08/2017

    Due to the typhoon Hato, the Cultural Affairs Bureau has carried out inspection and cleaning works of its cultural facilities including heritage sites, exhibition and performing venues, which will gradually reopen to the public from tomorrow (25 August). Some venues need further inspection and repair and will reopen as soon as the related works are completed.

    “Where the World Heritage Shines – Photography Exhibition of the Historic Centre of Macao” opens in Guimarães in June

    16/06/2017

    “Where the World Heritage Shines – Photography Exhibition of the Historic Centre of Macao”, jointly organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region, the Municipality of Guimarães and the Vila Flor Cultural Centre, will be inaugurated on Friday, 23 June 2017, at 6:30pm, at the Vila Flor Palace in Guimarães, Portugal. The exhibition features more than 90 photographs of the world heritage listed Historic Centre of Macao taken by local photographer Chan Hin Io, revealing the beauty and vitality of Macao’s cultural heritage and showing the charm of this small city through various angles.

    Cultural Affairs Bureau hosts various activities in June on the occasion of China Cultural and Natural Heritage Day 2017

    05/06/2017

    In response to the first “China Cultural and Natural Heritage Day” on 10 June, the Cultural Affairs Bureau is going to hold a series of exciting activities, including the highlighted programme “Genesis and Spirit – Showcase of Guangxi Intangible Cultural Heritage”, which features Guangxi’s rich and diverse intangible cultural heritages, free visits to World Heritage Sites and museums, cultural and arts performances at the World Heritage Sites, exhibitions and workshops, among others, thus raising the public awareness of the cultural heritage.

    Opening of “Bazaar at the Mandarin’s House” was well-received

    10/04/2017

    Organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) and co-organised by the Macau Cultural Resources Association, the “Bazaar at the Mandarin’s House”, was held on 8 and 9 April (Saturday and Sunday), from 12pm to 6pm, at the Mandarin’s House, a world heritage site. The opening ceremony was held on 8 April (Saturday), at 2:50pm, and was officiated by the Vice President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Kent Ieong Chi Kin; the President of the Macau Cultural Resources Association, Cheng Xiang Hu; the Executive Director of the Institute of Chinese Classical Dance Han Tang, Lewis Lei; the Chairman of the Macau Hong Wai Sports and Recreations Association, Mak Chi Leong; and the Orchestra Conductor of the Music Technical Class of Macau Baptist College, Cheong Wai Leong. The bazaar was well-received and participants enjoyed in the activities.

    Cultural Affairs Bureau receives valuable objects regarding two shipyards

    28/03/2017

    In response to the Marine and Water Bureau’s plans regarding Lai Chi Vun shipyards in Coloane, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, with the cooperation and collaboration of the mentioned Bureau, had previously concluded the mapping works of shipyards X-12 and X-15. The Bureau has also received related objects with preserving value, including the shipyards’ signboards, wood structural components, Lu Pan’s memorial tablets, Tou Tei memorial tablets and crane components, among others. At the present stage, the Cultural Affairs Bureau will continue to cooperate with the Marine and Water Bureau and proceed with the mapping works of the other shipyards as well as will continue to maintain a close communication with the relevant departments.

    “Where the World Heritage Shines – Photography Exhibition of the Historic Centre of Macao” opens in Lisbon in March

    01/03/2017

    A cooperation protocol signed between the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region and the Macao Scientific and Cultural Centre of the Ministry of Education and Science of Portugal in 2015 marked the establishment of a significant platform for Luso-Chinese cultural exchange. In order to achieve resources sharing, “Where the World Heritage Shines – Photography Exhibition of the Historic Centre of Macao”, jointly organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Macau Scientific and Cultural Centre in Portugal, will be inaugurated on 8 March 2017, at 6pm, at the Macao Scientific and Cultural Centre in Lisbon. The exhibition features 100 photographs of the world heritage listed Historic Centre of Macao taken by local photographer Chan Hin Io, revealing the beauty and vitality of Macao’s cultural heritage and showing the charm of this small city through various angles.

    Building at No. 80, Rua das Estalagens was inaugurated

    16/12/2016

    The opening ceremony of the “Exhibitions in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s birth and on the conservation of No. 80 in Rua das Estalagens” was held on Thursday, 15 December, at 3:30pm, at No. 80, Rua das Estalagens, and was officiated by the President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Ung Vai Meng; the Director of The Museum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen in Tsuiheng Village of the Zhongshan city, Huang Jianmin; the President of the Macao History Association, Chan Su Weng; the senior educator, Lau Sin Peng; and the Chairman of the Residents Mutual Aid Association of 6 Ruas Chou Toi, Lo Teng Kam. Other guests attending the ceremony included members of the Cultural Heritage Committee, experts, scholars and residents.

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