SJM Holdings CEO Ambrose So has opened a solo calligraphy exhibition in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, aiming to promote understanding of Macau’s role in bridging the cultures of the east and west.
The exhibition is being held at the Centro Cientifico e Cultural de Macau and is entitled: “A Cultural Janus: Macau’s Complexity on Calligraphic Parade.”
Dr. So collected some of the poems on Macau from the Ming and Qing dynasties and presented them in the form of calligraphy. He also invited Macau Millennium College and Instituto Internacional de Macau to form a task force to translate the poems into English and Portuguese to enable visitors to the exhibition to understand and appreciate more about the cultural matrices of Macau.
“Macau was once an important arena for China’s foreign trade and cultural exchanges on the Maritime Silk Road in the 16th Century,” So said at the opening. “
It has cultivated a rich repertoire of cross cultural traits and is a rendezvous of different civilizations. This exhibition intends to showcase Macau’s former position on the world stage and its complex cultural tapestry. With its unique cultural links with Portuguese speaking countries, Macau braces itself to integrate and align its future development with China’s One Belt One Road Initiative, in particular in cultural projects.”
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