“A Cherished Memory from 1999 ― Archives Exhibition in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Return of Macao to the Motherland” inauguratedArchives of Macao
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“A Cherished Memory from 1999 ― Archives Exhibition in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Return of Macao to the Motherland” inaugurated

Date: 28/06/2019
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The “2nd Encounter in Macao – Arts and Cultural Festival between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries”, organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, is going to present residents and tourists a series of highlight activities. Among which, “A Cherished Memory from 1999 ― Archives Exhibition in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Return of Macao to the Motherland”, organized by the Archives of Macao, was inaugurated on 28 June, at 6pm. The exhibition is held until 27 December and admission is free. In conjunction with the exhibition, a thematic lecture will be held on 29 June, at 3pm, at the Archives of Macao. All are welcome. 

The opening ceremony was held in a lively atmosphere and was officiated by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, Alexis Tam Chon Weng; the Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR, Xue Xiaofeng; the Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes; the Vice President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Leong Wai Man; the Honorary President of the General Union of Neighbourhood Associationns of Macao, Ung Si Meng; the Vice President of the Chinese Educators' Association of Macau, Lei Pui Lam; and the Member of the Cultural Consultative Committee, José Luís de Sales Marques. The “2nd Encounter in Macao – Arts and Cultural Festival between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries” was simultaneously kicked off with this exhibition.

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return to the Motherland, the Archives of Macao showcases a selection of over one hundred records from the Committee for Celebration Activities from All Sectors for the Return of Macao to the People's Republic of China (CDSMP) collection to share important moments and milestones of the reunification and revive a collective memory that has been cherished for long. With less than a year to go to the momentous event, the CDSMP, which was composed of representatives from different sectors and associations in the community, was established to organize and coordinate celebrations for the reunification of Macao with the Motherland and encourage public participation in the activities. The celebration is the largest scale ceremony in Macao’s history before Macao’s return to the Motherland in the aspects of diversity of its performance, the number of participants and the high scale of the work. The exhibition is held from 29 June to 27 December and admission is free. All are welcome. 

In addition, a thematic lecture will be held on 29 June, at 3pm, at the Archives of Macao, in which guest speakers Ung Si Meng and Lei Pui Lam, the former Director and the former Secretary General of the Executive Committee of CDSMP respectively, will share stories about the establishment of CDSMP, the planning, coordinating and organizing of the celebrations as well as the endeavours of CDSMP. Interested parties are welcomed to participate. The lecture will be conducted in Cantonese and admission is free. 
The Archives of Macao of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, located at No. 91-93 Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida, is open daily from 10am to 6pm, and is closed on Mondays and public holidays. For more information, please visit the webpage of the Archives of Macao at www.archives.gov.mo. For more information about the “2nd Encounter in Macao – Arts and Cultural Festival between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries”, please visit the webpage at www.icm.gov.mo/FCP or follow the “IC Art” Page on Facebook and subscribe to the WeChat account “ICmacao”.