The “MacaoCreative City of Gastronomy” work meeting convened today (24 November) and announced the official launch of the Macanese Cuisine Database. 

Officials of Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and relevant government entities joined representatives of academia and industry organizations for the “MacaoCreative City of Gastronomy” work meeting held for the third year. MGTO Director and Macao SAR focal point to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, presided over the meeting, which was also attended by MGTO Deputy Directors Cheng Wai Tong and Ricky Hoi, President of the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies (IFTM), Fanny Vong, Deputy Director of Economic Bureau, Chan Tze Wai, representatives of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, Municipal Affairs Bureau, Labour Affairs Bureau, Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute, Environmental Protection Bureau, and Macau University of Science and Technology, as well as industry delegates in the gastronomy and related fields, among others. The delegates exchanged perspectives on how to advance Macao’s development as a Creative City of Gastronomy. 

Co-launch of themed webpage and themed corner of Macanese Cuisine Database

At the meeting, Director Senna Fernandes announced the official launch of the Macanese Cuisine Database, one of the major tasks in pushing forward Macao’s development as a Creative City of Gastronomy. Through MGTO’s collaboration with IFTM, Cultural Affairs Bureau and the International Institute of Macau, among other relevant entities, the webpage of Macanese Cuisine Database is now officially launched for the public and a themed corner of Macanese Cuisine Database is set up at IFTM’s library for education, preservation and promotion of gastronomic culture. 

In line with the SAR Government’s electronic administration, the Macanese Cuisine Database is presented in the form of webpage and built into the Gastronomy Website ( The content is mainly in English. At present, the Database offers relevant information on 26 books and publications about Macanese cuisine, 19 manuscripts (some provided by Cultural Affairs Bureau and others collected by the International Institute of Macau), as well as 297 recipes (originally from Macanese Library Website, IFTM and Macanese people from worldwide). The Gastronomy Website also features eight videos about Macanese cuisine. In the future, MGTO will partner with pertinent institutes and industry organizations to create and launch more Macanese culinary videos to manifest the culinary arts and culture of Macanese cuisine through visual presentations. 

The themed corner at IFTM’s library was unveiled in sync to display the original copies of books about Macanese cuisine as well as duplicates of the manuscripts. The public is welcome to read the materials in the themed corner. 



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The opening ceremony of the exhibition of the photo contest “My Macau My Love!” took place on October 27, a joint initiative of the International Institute of Macau, in co-organization with the Macau Digital Photography Association, the Club Leo Macau Central and the Macau Heritage Ambassadors Association, and with the sponsorship of the Macau Foundation. This year had a significant participation of young students and the public, having received more than 270 photographs in the competition, ending August 28, in order to stimulate the knowledge of the population, especially among the youngest, of the wealth of heritage and traditions that shape Macao's culture.

The jury, represented by Yuen Vai Man, Si Wun Cheng, on behalf of the Macau Digital Photography Association, António R. J. Monteiro, respectively representing IIM, Fong Chon Ip of the Club Leo Macau Central and Ng Chi Wai of the Macao Heritage Ambassadors Association.

After evaluating the works, Ho Un Kuan, Wang Jun Jing and Wu Sai Hang ranked first in the student category, while José Manuel da Costa Giga, Lei Chi Fan and Tam U Hang were classified in the general category. In addition, twenty works awarded with honorable mention and a special prize presented by a member of the Macau Digital Photography Association.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was also attended by the participants, winners and juries of the competition, among the special guests, the Consul General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong, Dr. Paulo Cunha Alves, the Director of the Portuguese Institute of the East (IPOR), Dr. Joaquim Coelho Ramos, the President of the General Assembly of the Macau Digital Photography Association, Dr. Yen Kuacfu, the Representative of the Club Leo Macau Central, Mr. Fong Chon Ip, Deputy Director of Public Relations for the Macau Heritage Ambassadors Association, Ms. Sally, Ng Chi Wai and the Secretary-General of the Macau International Institute, Dr. Rufino Ramos.

The photographs are shown in the Chun Chou Tong pavilion at the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden until 30th October, daily between 9 am and 7 pm, under the preventive measures of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Exposicao 2020

In May 2018, the International Institute of Macau (IIM) presented a photo exhibition of Carlos Dias, a photographer with international credentials and awards, entitled “The Magic of the Streets of Macau”. About a hundred of his photographs were exhibited, with the support of the Macau Foundation, at the Chun Chou Tong pavilion in the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden, where they were seen by more than 5,000 visitors.

Specializing in night photographs of the streets and on rainy days when the water produces reflections from the wet ground, Carlos Dias has portrayed Macau in his own style, especially capturing scenes from the alleys and lanes, as well as events, festivities and traditional events, that characterize this land.

The exhibited photographs were registered in a trilingual photo album, which was edited by IIM, with the support of the previous Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) and also of the Macau Foundation.

His photographs, when inserted in social networks, have become popular with more than 17,000 followers on Facebook. These works are captured in HDR (High Dynamic Range), with vivid colors and tones, giving the impression that many of the photographs are painted works.

In view of the inconvenience of exhibiting these works abroad, due to the epidemic that rages in many places, the IIM will launch a virtual exhibition of these photographs, dedicated to cyber nautical followers and to the public from abroad who had not previously had the opportunity to appreciate these different works Carlos Dias. With the use of the digital platforms, IIM intends to keep the magic and appeal of this city alive, portrayed in images of the various corners that go beyond the usual tourist attractions of Macau.

The virtual exhibition will be accessible to all cybernauts, including those from Greater China, from August 19, lasting one year, on the IIM website and Facebook page, with a direct access link.


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The International Institute of Macau (IIM) is at the Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF), in the Portuguese Speaking Countries Products and Service Exhibition (PLPEX) 2020. The exhibition will be held at the Venetian Macao, between 22 and 24 October.
IIM location (H19) will promote publications regarding the Greater Bay Area and the portuguese speaking countries.

The International Institute of Macau (IIM) will put on the digital platforms a series of twenty videos that it had prepared to celebrate the twenty years of the Macao SAR. These videos, with an average duration of about 3 minutes each, portray the state of evolution and progress of Macao in the last twenty years and are spread over different themes, such as the years of Macao SAR, ranging from Heritage to Science, and from Education to the Creative Industry, through Environment and Links to Lusophone Countries.

Initially, they would serve to complement an exhibition of more than 100 photographs that would be shown by several cities in North America, Australia, Brazil and Portugal, as well as demonstrations of Macanese cuisine prepared to take place in some of the cities where the diaspora Macanese community could provide support for its realization, as was done previously during the IIM program for celebrations abroad, for the 10 and 15 years of Macao SAR.

Due to the global outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, the program had to be reformulated and, in addition to showing these videos, exhibitions of that collection of photographs should be held on two digital platforms, one of which is located in China.

This online exhibition will be launched on the 20th of August and can be viewed, for twelve months, through a direct link, from the IIM website and Facebook.

In the meantime, the possibility of producing a video, in Chinese and English, of about 30 minutes, which will be shown on Canadian television channels (both in Greater Toronto and British Columbia), and which will be also introduced on digital platforms.

Depending on the conditions and the evolution of the outbreak of the viral epidemic, IIM expects to still be able to carry out a physical exhibition in Hong Kong, with the collaboration of the Club Lusitano, as well as hold a show of Macanese cuisine in its recently renovated facilities.

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