Macau (MNA) – Four applicants from Macau have been inscribed on the 5th representative list of National Intangible Cultural Heritage, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China on Thursday.
The representative list will provide the Macao SAR Government with a basis for prioritising resources and safeguarding measures for intangible cultural heritage (ICH) items, especially those considered to be of high cultural value with an urgent need for preservation.
Of a total number of 1,082 applicants listed on the national list of ICH, the items represented by the four local applicants inscribed on the list are from Nanyin (southern tunes), Matsu culture, and Na Tcha beliefs.
Currently, a total of seven people, or heirs of listed traditions, in Macau have been selected as representative inheritors of National Intangible Cultural Heritage.
These include Nanyin inheritor Ng Weng Mui, heir to the wooden God Statue Tsai Tak Heng; Taoist Ritual Music inheritor Ng Peng Chi; Nanyin inheritor Ao Kuan Cheong; Matsu culture inheritor Chan Kin Chun; and the heirs to Na Tcha beliefs Chiang Kun Kuong and Ip Tat.