In order to strengthen the safeguard of Macao’s intangible cultural heritage, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym) has drawn up the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in accordance with Article 79 of the Cultural Heritage Protection Law and will launch a 30-day public consultation on the items recommended for inscription, thereby welcoming opinions from all sectors of the society.
A total of 12 items are recommended to be inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, including Yueju Opera (Cantonese Opera), Herbal Tea Brewing, Religious Figure Woodwork 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, Macanese Gastronomy, Patua Theatre, the Procession of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus and the Procession of Our Lady of Fatima. The public consultation will run from 13 March until 11 April 2019 (30 days in total) and a consultation session will be held at the Conference Room of the Macao Cultural Centre, at 3pm on 23 March, with Portuguese and sign language translations provided . All residents are welcome to participate and express their opinions.
Printed copies of the consultation paper on the items to be inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage will be available at the Cultural Affairs Bureau Building located at Tap Siac Square, as well as in the libraries under the IC management and the Public Information Centre, from 13 March onwards during office hours, or can be downloaded through IC’s website. All residents are welcome to express their opinions through mail, fax, email, website or in person during the consultation period. For more information, please refer to the consultation paper, which is also available online at www.culturalheritage.mo/Survey/ichlist. For enquiries please call (853) 2836 6320 during office hours.