The Cultural Affairs Bureau presents the exhibition “Pátio Memories – Exhibition of Life in Pátios and Becos in the Bygone Days” at Pátio da Eterna Felicidade, allowing the public to experience the life of Macau people in the bygone days and deepen their understanding of the architectural and spatial characteristics of the buildings. With the restoration work on the exterior façade of the buildings at 8 and 10, Pátio da Eterna Felicidade completed and the outdoor space at 14, Pátio da Eterna Felicidade opened, visitors can appreciate the architectural appearance of Pátio da Eterna Felicidade.
Currently, there are nearly 200 streets named “pátio” or “beco” in Macau. Among them, the area of Pátio da Eterna Felicidade near the Ruins of St. Paul’s College and Freguesia de Santo António is relatively large and has been better preserved. It features traditional Chinese residential buildings of varying heights but in a coherent style, showing the distinctive characteristics of pátios. This exhibition will present the daily lives of residents in pátios in the past through illustrations, videos and photographs in a diverse and interesting way, themed on three essential aspects in our lives – “food”, “lifestyle” and “playtime”, revealing the culture and customs of people living in patios and alleys in bygone days. In collaboration with local illustrator Un Chi Wai, the exhibition features a variety of scenes and characters inspired by life in these places, making it a lively and interesting experience for the public.
In the future, the Cultural Affairs Bureau will make use of the open space near Pátio da Eterna Felicidade to organise thematic activities related to the culture of pátios and becos from time to time, and will continue to carry out reinforcement and restoration works, striving to complete the revitalisation plan for the area as soon as possible and develop it into a future cultural and leisure area.
When: From February 7, 2021
Where: Pátio da Eterna Felicidade, Rua da Felicidade, Macau
How much: Free admission
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