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    Cultural Affairs Bureau celebrates China Cultural Heritage Day

    17/06/2015

    In celebration of China Cultural Heritage Day, observed this year on June 8th, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (CAB) has organised a series of activities and promotions, including themed exhibitions, crafts demonstrations, concerts, song and dance performances, lectures, guided tours and free admission to various attractions, with the aim of raising public awareness about the need to preserve and transmit cultural heritage, promote its value and spread knowledge about its numerous culturally significant items.

    A highlight of these activities is the Genesis and Spirit – Showcase of Yunnan Province Intangible Cultural Heritage, supported by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao S.A.R. Government and the People’s Government of Yunnan Province, and co-organised by the Bureau for External Cultural Relations and Office for Cultural Affairs with the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Regions of the Ministry of Culture of the P.R.C., the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government and the Department of Culture of Yunnan Province. Also included is the exhibition Memory of Yunnan – Showcase of Yunnan Province Intangible Cultural Heritage, co-organised by Galaxy Macau™, which features crafts demonstrations, song and dance performances and a special lecture. The opening ceremony for Genesis and Spirit will be held on June 8th, at 11:30am, in the East Square of Galaxy Macau™, and all are welcome to attend. The Cultural Affairs Bureau held a press conference, on the morning of June 6 at the Macao Museum Auditorium, to present these and other  activities. Present at the press conference were the Head of the CAB’s Cultural Events Department, Ieong Chi Kin, the Director of the Historical Archives of Macao, Dr. Lau Fong, and the Acting Head of the CAB’s Special Projects Division, Chris Tang.

    The best of Yunnan’s intangible cultural heritage
    To disseminate the diversity of China’s intangible cultural heritage and promote efforts for its protection and transmission to future generations, the Bureau for External Cultural Relations and Office for Cultural Affairs with the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Regions of the Ministry of Culture of the P.R.C., the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government and the Department of Culture of Yunnan Province are jointly hosting a showcase of Yunnan’s intangible cultural heritage titled Genesis and Spirit. By highlighting the craftsmanship and skill behind Yunnan’s intangible cultural heritage, through exhibitions, crafts demonstrations, song and dance performances and lectures, the organisers hope to enhance the broad and deep cultural ties between Macao and the Mainland, protecting the ‘genesis’ of Chinese culture while nourishing its ‘spirit’. In this way, invaluable traditions and folkways can endure and continue to develop. The opening ceremony includes demonstrations of Yunnan’s intangible heritage, as well as song and dance performances by truly remarkable groups. On this day, a free shuttle bus service will be made available, connecting the Iao Hon Park bus stop with the East Square at Galaxy Macau™, with a stopover at the Luso International Bank Building in central Macao (across from Macao Square and New Yaohan).

    For the exhibition Memory of Yunnan – Showcase of Yunnan Province Intangible Cultural Heritage, numerous state and province level masters of Yunnan’s intangible cultural heritage will perform, displaying their exquisite craftsmanship in the East Square at Galaxy Macau™ and at the UNESCO-listed Lou Kau Mansion, allowing the public to come into contact with and enjoy the extraordinary folk culture of this province. The demonstrations take place from June 8th through the 23rd, at the East Square at Galaxy Macau™, daily from 2pm to 6pm, and include Jianshui purple pottery, tie-dyeing of the Bai ethnic group, pu-erh tea production techniques, brocade of the Dai ethnic group, production techniques for silver-inlaid black copperware, Jianchuan wood carving, the Dongba paintings of the Nakhi ethnic group and skills for tinware production. There will also be a small Yunnan folk music performance. The Lou Kau Mansion is another venue that will host demonstrations of crafts, including the manufacture of hulusi gourd flutes and the bamboo wicker of the Dai ethnic group, from June 8th through the 16th.

    A Yunnan Intangible Cultural Heritage Song and Dance Performance will take place at the Ruins of St. Paul’s (on June 8th and 9th at 5pm) and at the Mandarin’s House (on June 9th at 3pm). Also on June 9th, the Macao Museum Auditorium is host to a lecture titled “Protecting the Diversity of Yunnan Province’s Intangible Cultural Heritage”. The keynote speaker, Prof. Yang Deyun from the Yunnan University of Nationalities, will introduce the richness of Yunnan’s provincial intangible cultural heritage and the diversity of its traditional folk culture. This lecture will focus on the protection of this precious diversity and no doubt will inspire continued cultural conservation efforts in Macao.

    Historical Archives hold exhibition; Central Library hosts lecture
    In observance of both China Cultural Heritage Day and International Archives Day, the Historical Archives of Macao will hold the exhibition “An Art of Precision – Shipbuilding in Macao: People, Craft and Society”, giving visitors a vivid picture of shipbuilding in Macao and acquainting them with the historical background of the industry, its craft, interpersonal relationships, practices, taboos and business models, as well as its culture and connection with society. The opening ceremony takes place on June 8th, at 3pm, at the Historical Archives of Macao, and the exhibition will run through December 7th. Lectures and workshops on this theme have also been scheduled during the exhibition period.

    The Macao Central Library (BCM) has organised a lecture at 3pm on June 8th in honour of China Cultural Heritage Day titled “Identifying Editions of Ancient Chinese Books – Mr. Liu’s Jiayetang Collection”, to be held at the Sir Robert Ho Tung Library. For this lecture, the BCM has invited renowned bibliognost and edition specialist Prof. Shen Jin, former Curator of the Rare Books Collection at the Harvard-Yenching Library and current Distinguished Expert at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen University Library, who will introduce the Sir Robert Ho Tung Library’s precious “Mr. Liu’s Jiayetang Collection” and share his knowledge on ancient Chinese books and the rare book collections to be found in Guangdong Province.

    Mapping at the Mandarin’s House; Macao Chinese Orchestra at Dom Pedro V Theatre
    The CAB and iCentre co-operated in the creation of Mapping: Made in Macao, an audio-visual work specially designed for the façade of the Mandarin’s House. Divided into four chapters – “The Origin”, “Golden Period”, “Degradation” and “Renovation” – this show allows audiences to witness, through sound and images, various incidents that took place in this location in addition to traces of the life of the House’s former owner, Zheng Guanying.  Mapping: Made in Macao is held nightly from May 31st through June 8th, with three sessions, at 8pm, 8:30pm and 9pm. Admission requires a free ticket that can be obtained at the venue.

    The Macao Chinese Orchestra presents the concert “Green Jiangnan”, interpreting wonderful pieces from this region, including its instrumental sizhu music, at the Dom Pedro V Theatre, on June 8th at 8pm. Tickets are now available at the Macao Kong Seng Ticketing Network, priced at MOP 30.

    In celebration of China Cultural Heritage Day, on both June 8th and 9th World Heritage Sites and other attractions will be open to the public for free. These venues include the Guia Lighthouse and Dom Pedro V Theatre (with guided tour services available), as well as the Macao Museum and the Heritage Exhibition of a Traditional Pawnshop Business. For more information on China Cultural Heritage Day activities, please call 8399 6699 during office hours or visit www.icm.gov.mo/chd.

     


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