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    Cultural Heritage Protection Law Promotion Works Launch Ceremony

    17/06/2015

    In order to promote the entry into force of the Cultural Heritage Protection Law on 1 March, the Cultural Affairs Bureau organised a Cultural Heritage Protection Law Promotion Works Launch Ceremony on Thursday 27 February, at 4pm, at the Mandarin’s House, with the motto “Protect Historical Traces, Share Cultural Heritage”, thereby officially launching these works.

    The ceremony included demonstrations of two local intangible cultural heritage items, namely the Drunken Dragon Dance, by the Macao Fishmongers Association, and Cantonese Opera, by the Macao Kaifong Cantonese Opera Juvenile Troupe. During the ceremony, Macanese food, another item inscribed in the Macao Intangible Cultural Heritage List, was served. Present at the ceremony were the Deputy Director of the Policies and Regulation Department of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Mr. He Suzhong; the Deputy Director of the Department of Education and Culture of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao S.A.R., Mr. Zhang Xiaoguang; the President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government, Mr. Ung Vai Meng; Honorary President of the Macao Residents’ Associations Federation, Mr. Leong Heng Teng; the Representative of the Director of the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government and Deputy Director, Ms. Diana Costa; the Advisor to the Office of the Cultural and Social Affairs Secretary of the Macao S.A.R. Government, Ms. Lam Wan Nei; the Head of the Cultural Heritage Department of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government, Mr. Cheong Chok Kio , among others, as well as members of the general public.

    During the ceremony, a TV promotional video was premiered, portraying the concern about losing cultural heritage. The new law’s entry into force will bring adequate protection to Macao’s cultural heritage as well as remind the population of its importance. After the ceremony, guest speaker He Suzhong, Deputy Director of the Policies and Regulation Department of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, held a lecture titled “The Importance of the Cultural Heritage Protection Law Promotion Works”. On the same day alongside the ceremony, the Macao Catholic Pilgrimage Service organised guided tours to St. Augustine’s Church, St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church and St. Lawrence’s Church; while the Macao Heritage Ambassadors Association organised guided tours to the Lou Kau Mansion and the Ruins of St. Paul’s as well as a walk from St. Lawrence’s Church to the Mandarin’s House.

    Since 2013, the Cultural Affairs Bureau had been promoting lectures on heritage for students, thereby reinforcing the importance of heritage protection amid the young citizens. It also held several information sessions regarding the new law amid professional associations, governmental departments and the general public with good results. The Cultural Affairs Bureau is also planning to inform the public and divulge the law in other ways, namely through the heritage website (www. macauheritage.net), through newspaper columns in cooperation with the Legal Affairs Bureau and through promotional ads in the most relevant media. The Bureau will continue to organise advanced training courses in heritage management and protection as well as guided activities for promoting the law, in cooperation with heritage community associations. Citizens can also obtain a copy of the text of the Cultural Heritage Protection Law, both in Chinese and Portuguese, at the Public Information Centre, and at the information point of the Legal Affairs Bureau and cultural facilities under the Cultural Affairs Bureau, amongst others.

    From April on, the Cultural Affairs Bureau will invite local associations to promote the Cultural Heritage Protection Law amid the general public through guided tours; successively launch other promotional measures in different media, thereby strengthening the public’s understanding of the diploma; and take the law into the communities, allowing citizens to have a correct notion of cultural heritage protection.

     


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