Seminar and new publications in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Macao as World Heritage
Establishment of academic exchange to promote the achievements of cultural heritage protection
In order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Macao as World Heritage, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym) organizes a series of activities on Sunday 12 July, including the opening ceremony of “10th Anniversary of the Historic Centre of Macao as World Heritage – Exhibition on the achievements in safeguarding the cultural heritage in Macao”, to be held at the Largo da Companhia de Jesus, at 10am, as well as the “10th Anniversary of the Historic Centre of Macao as World Heritage – International Academic Seminar on the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage and a book launch ceremony”, to take place at 11am at theMacau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre – Grand Hall (4th floor). These activities are open to the participation of the general public.
The“10th Anniversary of the Historic Centre of Macao as World Heritage – Exhibition on the achievements in safeguarding the cultural heritage in Macao” will run from 12 July to 15 August at the Ruins of St. Paul’s, presenting the achievements with Macao’s heritage protection over the past years, including the continuous deepening and development of legal mechanisms, immovable heritage protection, archaeology works, intangible heritage protection and promotion of heritage restoration, among other subjects, raising the population’s enthusiasm for cultural heritage preservation.
In order to promote the “Historic Centre of Macao”, as well as boost related fields that allow a scientific and sustainable development, with the support of the PRC’s Ministry of Culture, IC joined hands with the Centre for Macau Studies of the Macau University to organize, the “10th Anniversary of the Historic Centre of Macao as World Heritage – International Academic Seminar on the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage”, inviting several local and foreign experts dedicated to cultural heritage research, training, protection and planning, among other areas, to host lectures, namely “Retrospect and Prospect on the Conservation Works of Cultural Heritage in Macao” by the President of IC, Ung Vai Meng; “The Future of the City or the City of the Future - Culture as an Enabler for Sustainable Development”, by the UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies and professor at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Michael Turner; “Conservation of World Cultural Heritage in Macao in the Framework of ‘One Belt, One Road’”, by Shan Jixiang, Director of the Palace Museum of The Forbidden City; “Keeping it Outstanding－Some Observations on Conservation Controls and Incentives”, by the Vice-President of ICOMOS, Peter Phillips; “The Spectacle of Residence and Garden of Macao during the Early 19th Century: Seeing from “Description of a View of Macao in China” by Robert Burford”, by Tang Kaijian, Professor of the Department of History of the University of Macau; “The World Heritage Site of “The Historic Centre of Macao” in the Vision of Historic Urban Landscapes”, by Guo Zhan, President of the World Heritage Research Committee of China Cultural Heritage Association, Member of the International committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration of ICOMOS; “Promotion of the World Heritage of Macao”, by Hae Un Rii, Professor of Dongguk University in Seoul, Republic of Korea; and “Culture Heritage Conservation in Macao: A Comprehensive and Integral Approach”, by Zhang Bing, Chief Planner of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design and Chairman of the Academic Committee of Historic City Conservation of the Urban Planning Society of China.
Aiming to register the protection works and their respective studies’ achievements, as well as to promote academic exchange, IC launches five works on the same day, namely “Historic Centre of Macao”, by Tang Si Peng; “Book series of Macao Cultural Heritage”, which includes “Golden Years – Lou Kau and Lou Kau Mansion”, by Lin Guangzhi, “Charm of the Ruins – St. Paul’s Ruins and St. Paul’s College by Chen Wenyuan and Cao Tianzhong, and “Annals of Sessions – The Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau Building”, by Zhao Lifeng; and also “Poems by Zheng Guangying”, compiled by the Macao Museum and the Shanghai Library and published by the Shanghai Ancient Books Publishing House, revealing Macao’s valuable heritage resources and the achievements obtained with the respective protection works.
Admission for the above-mentioned exhibitions and seminar is free and open to everyone. The seminars will be conducted in Mandarin and English and simultaneous interpretation to Cantonese, Portuguese, Mandarin and English will be available. Places are limited and participants will receive a tridimensional paper model of a world heritage site as souvenir. For registration and more information in the seminars, please contact Ms. Leong or Ms. Pang through tel. numbers 8399 6432 or 8399 6392, respectively, during office hours. For more information on the activities, please visit the webpage www.icm.gov.mo/mhd10 or contact IC through tel. number 8399 6699 during office hours.