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

One of the exhibits of “Macao Illustrated – Exhibition of City Plans and Architectural Drawings from the Macao Archives’ Collection”: A plan from 1921 to 1923 which illustrates the water supply in different areas of the Macao Peninsula.

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.

According to the State Council directive, the China Cultural Heritage Day has been celebrated annually on the second Saturday of the month of June since 2006. In order to raise public awareness about the importance of safeguarding all types of heritage (including cultural and natural heritages), the “Cultural Heritage Day” was renamed “Cultural and Natural Heritage Day” from 2017.

Presented by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao S.A.R. Government, and organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government and the Culture Department of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the event “Genesis and Spirit – Showcase of Guangxi Intangible Cultural Heritage” aims to introduce Macao residents the rich and diverse intangible cultural heritage of Guangxi through different types of activities, such as exhibitions, cultural and artistic performances, traditional craft demonstrations and workshops. Further information will be announced later.

Staring from 10 June, the Macao Archives will organize the exhibition “Macao Illustrated – Exhibition of City Plans and Architectural Drawings from the Macao Archives’ Collection”, featuring a selection of about 60 city plans and architectural drawings kept in the Macao Archives and presenting the history of Macao’s evolvement. Meanwhile, the exhibition “In Search of those Journeys – A Retrospective Exhibition of the Ferry Transport between Macao and the Islands” at the Nostalgic House of the Taipa Houses, and the exhibition “Story of Cannon-Making – Children Experience Exhibition” at the Macao Museum are also open to the general public.

On 10 June, the Chinese Ancient Books Chamber at Sir Robert Ho Tung Library will be open to the public from 3pm to 6pm. On 10 and 11 June, free admission to the Guia Lighthouse and the Macao Museum will be available from 10am to 5pm and from 10am to 6pm respectively. For more information about the activities celebrating China Cultural and Natural Heritage Day, please contact IC through tel. no. 8399 6699 during office hours or visit the IC’s website at www.icm.gov.mo/chd.

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