More than 20 experts and scholars from mainland China and overseas will attend the Maritime Silk Road International Cultural Forum taking place in Macao from 16-17 November.
Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) President Leong Wai Man said that the forum will form part of the events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
The speakers will attend the forum online and offline to share their research results and practical experience about the Maritime Silk Road, such as the Conservation and sustainable use of the cultural heritage of the Maritime Silk Road and Definition in the scope of space and time of the Maritime Silk Road.
Leong said her bureau expected the forum to promote in-depth research on academic topics related to the Maritime Silk Road, expand exchange and cooperation among regions and cities along the Maritime Silk Road, give full play to Macao’s role as One Centre, One Platform and One Base, and enhance Macao’s civil society and teenage students’ understanding of the significance of the Maritime Silk Road, as well as their support of and participation in the nomination of the Maritime Silk Road for the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List.
In order to enrich the forum’s activities and encourage public participation, a series of promotional activities, comprising a photo exhibition on the conservation and study of the cultural heritage of the Maritime Silk Road, thematic guided tours to local historical sites of the Maritime Silk Road, thematic parent-child workshops and WeChat prize games on the Maritime Silk Road, will be held between 12 November and 18 December, Leong pointed out.
The forum will be held at the Macao Science Centre as the main venue and sub-venues at the two tertiary education institutions for two consecutive days.
It will be jointly presented by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture and the Beijing-based National Cultural Heritage Administration, and co-organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, China Academy of Cultural Heritage, Guangzhou Secretariat of the City Alliance for Maritime Silk Road Heritage Conservation and World Heritage Nomination, as well as International Council on Monuments and Sites China, in conjunction with the University of Macau and Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, The Macau Post Daily reported.