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A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Public awareness the focus for Heritage Day

Posted by Kimberly on June 7, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 07, 2007, page 2 (453 words)

The second annual China Cultural Heritage Day will be help June 9, with organisers hoping to increase the public’s awareness towards cultural heritage preservation.
A series of educational activities and entertainment will be available including free admission to museums, exhibitions, traditional folk art demonstrations and concerts at the Dom Pedro V Theatre. Heritage-listed sites will also provide extended opening hours for visitors in such places as the Ah-Ma Temple, St Dominic’s Church, the Catherdral and Sir Robert Ho Tung Library.
The Heritage Day was established by the Chinese government in 2006 to be celebrated annually on the second Saturday in June throughout the entire nation.
This year’s Heritage Day bears the theme ‘Protecting cultural heritage and establishing a harmonious society.’
The Cultural Affairs Bureau has collaborated with the Macau Heritage Ambassadors Association to offer free educational talks at heritage sites including the Ah-Ma Temple, Dom Pedro V Theatre, Lou Kau Mansion, St Paul’s Ruins, Mount Fortress and the Guia Lighthouse.
The educational services will be provided on June 9 and 10 between 9.30am and 6.30pm by students attending heritage ambassador training sessions.
The Guia Lighthouse and Dom Pedro V Theatre will be open to visitors during this period.
The Macau Museum will also provide free entry to local residents with a Macau ID card or a student ID card.
Exhibitions such as that held at the Sir Robert Ho Tung Library showcasing rare books and documents will be available for viewing from June 6 to August 8.
The collection of Chinese and western rare books and Macau documents date back to 1950 and cover areas such as religion, education literature and politics.
The Macau Museum will also display works by renowned poets and artists from Canton and Macau titled ‘Chinese Calligraphy and Painting’, with the oldest dating back to the mid-Qing Dynasty.
Lou Kau Mansion will host demonstrations on making Chinese knots and Chinese opera masks by Hebei artists for a fortnight with three workshops on June 9 and 10.
Concerts will also be staged at regular periods, with the Macau Orchestra presenting their Chamber Music Series ‘Postcard from France’ on June 9 at 8pm. The performance will e held at St Dominic’s Church featuring music by French composers Saint-Saens and Poulenc. Tickets will be free but only distributed one hour prior to the performance.
On June 10, the Macau Chinese Orchestra will hold a concert at the Dom Pedro V Theatre performing Guqin and Nanyin music, styles that were respectively entered into UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritages of Humanity and in China’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Tickets will be on sale for MOP 30 at the Kong Seng ticketing outlets.
For more information contact the Culutral Affairs Bureau.

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