By Sofia Jesus

The International Institute of Macau (IIM) will be hosting a conference on the lusophone world and the importance of Macau to the International Lusophone Movement and cultural magazine Nova Águia, on March 31, 6 pm, at the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong. The talk will be given by researcher Renato Epifânio.

António Monteiro, from IIM, told mART Mr Epifânio will be sharing the findings of his research on the Portuguese-speaking world, as well as discuss the role of Macau in the relations between China and the lusophone countries. This will be Mr Epifânio’s first visit to Macau, he added.

The session will be moderated by IIM’s President Jorge Rangel, and will include an intervention by local architect Carlos Marreiros, Mr Monteiro explained. It will be a talk followed by discussion, he said.

Mr Epifânio is the president of the International Lusophone Movement and director of the Nova Águia magazine. He has published dozens of studies about values linked to the Portuguese-speaking world, according to IIM.

On the same occasion, IIM will be launching its latest publication: China e Países Lusófonos — Património Construído (China and Portuguese-speaking Countries — Built Heritage).

“The project of this book involved around 12 experts,” Mr Monteiro said. It is a thorough, “beautifully illustrated book,” with chapters about Mainland China, Macau, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor.

The initiative, Mr Monteiro explained, is related to the work IIM has been developing in its contacts with the Portuguese-speaking world, particularly Brazil and Portugal, and the current role of Macau as a platform between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries.