Inauguration of the Macau House of Literature showcasing and promoting the development of local literature

MACAU, September 17 – The opening ceremony of the Macau House of Literature was held at 4 p.m. on September 17 and was presided over by the representative of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Government of the SAR of Macau, the chief of staff of the secretary of social affairs and culture, Ho Ioc San; Director of Publicity and Culture Department of Macao SAR Central People’s Government Liaison Office Wan Sucheng; the President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, Leong Wai Man; Member of the Cultural Advisory Committee, Carlos Marreiros; and Macau’s pen president, Lei Kun Teng. The Macau Literature House will be open to the general public from tomorrow, showing aspects of Macau’s literature to residents and tourists, facilitating literary exchange and diverse combination, and providing greater space for the development of local literature.

The premises were built in the 1920s and once served as a residence for civil servants. It is also part of the architectural complex “no. 89-95G, Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida”, which is assessed as one of the listed real estate complexes in Macau. The two-storey building includes a permanent exhibition hall, a reading room, a thematic exhibition hall, multifunctional rooms and indoor and outdoor gardens. With collection, showcase, exchange and research functions, The House of Literature is adjacent to Tap Siac Square where cultural amenities and civic activities are concentrated, linking nearby World Heritage building complexes, giving full play to the distinctive landscape of each area, resonating with the region’s cultural and creative spaces, enhancing the cultural tourism experience of residents and tourists, promoting cultural exchanges, and establishing Macao’s positioning as “a base of exchange and cooperation where Chinese culture is dominant and where various cultures coexist”.

The permanent exhibition hall presents an overview of the development of Macau’s literature and displays the works and original manuscripts of various influential writers. It also features several representative Chinese and Portuguese poets and writers, as well as literary associations and literary periodicals from different periods. The “Wall of Book Covers” featured in the exhibition is a comprehensive representation of the ever-changing Macau literature from the past to the present and into the future, allowing the public to discover and feel the power of literary heritage. of Macao through these images. The exhibition “The House of Macao Literature Series” is currently being held in the theme exhibition hall, displaying a number of books published by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, highlighting the diversity and profound connotations of Macao’s literature . The book series is composed of “Documentation Series”, “Literary Works Series”, and “Study and Review Series”.

The reading room offers a variety of literary works, a selection of periodicals and children’s books, as well as multimedia games and interactive devices allowing the public to learn while having fun. The reservation of two multifunctional rooms on the second floor will be open to interested persons and cultural associations for small exhibitions, conferences, film screenings and other activities.

In addition, in order to encourage residents to visit the Macao House of Literature, those who visit the site from September 18 to October 15 and collect the five stamps on the site passport can redeem a special gift, including postcards , document folders, sticky notes. and bookmarks. Different gifts will be released in weekly phases over the course of four weeks. Limited gifts are available daily.

The Macau House of Literature is located at no. 95A-B, Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida (between Tap Seac Gallery and Jao Tsung-I Academy). The House is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission at 5.30 p.m.), including public holidays and is closed on Mondays. Free entry. In cooperation with the SAR government’s epidemic prevention efforts, all visitors must wear face masks, undergo body temperature checks, present a valid “Venue QR Code” (also known as “Venue Code”) and a “Macau Health Code” of the day, and respect the anti-epidemic and crowd control measures on site. For more information on the Macau House of Literature, please contact the House by tel. nope. 2872 8205 during office hours or visit its website at www.clm.gov.mo.

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