MACAO is making an effort to move forward and become a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure, with visitors coming from all over the world to experience the different delights the territory has to offer.
Aside from being home to a rich blend of western and eastern cultures, Macao also hosts a number of colourful local and international festivals and events all year round.
29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest (Sept 1, 8, 15, 24 and Oct 1)
These spectacular fireworks displays take place on the Macau Tower shorefront and can be enjoyed from many vantage points on the Macao Peninsula and Taipa
Ten pyrotechnic teams from Philippines, Korea, Japan, Belgium, France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Italy and China will present spectacular fireworks displays synchronised to music, and laser lights within a multimedia experience not to be missed.
32nd Macao International Music Festival (Sept 28-Oct 28)
A major annual event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city.
This year’s edition of the MIMF is themed “Enjoy – The Moment in music”, and offers 16 programmes with a total of 22 excellent performances, with the aim that the audience may feel the joy and fulfilment that music brings to the soul.
On occasion of the 170th anniversary of the death of composer Gaetano Donizetti, the MIMF kicks off with the timeless opera L’Elisir D’Amore by the Zurich Opera House.
The Macau Food Festival (Nov 9-25)
Enjoy delicious Asian, European, mainland China, and local delicacies at Sai Van Lake Square.
The Macau Food Festival is a veritable amusement park where visitors can taste a wide variety of cuisines in just one place.
There will also be game booths, live performances, and a beer competition during the festival.
65th Macau Grand Prix (Nov 15-18)
The best motorcycle, WTCC and Formula 3 racers in the world compete against each other and the clock in dedicated competitions along the narrow, twisting Guia street circuit of Macao city.
Accompanying events include the Macau Grand Prix Family Carnival (Nov 3-4), the Macau Grand Prix Opening Ceremony and Car Show (Nov 10-11), and the 65th Macau Grand Prix Celebration Guia Circuit Fun Run (Nov 11).
Macao Light Festival (Dec 2-31)
Visitors can expect projection mapping, light installations, interactive games, and a series of other activities.
The event aims to draw visitors to different districts of the city for an appreciation of Macao by night and to learn about the local culture and history from innovative angles shaped by light artistry.
3rd International Film Festival & Awards • Macao (Dec 8-14)
This event will introduce world-class exchange opportunities to local cultural and creative industry professionals, and further raise Macao’s international profile.
Regional movie fans will also be thrilled to note that Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok was recently chosen as the talent ambassador for the festival.
Macao International Parade (Dec 16)
Local and international arts groups use the city as a performance platform to express their creativity while encouraging participants to showcase their creative talent.
Macao Gastronomy Charms KL (Sept 1 and 2)
Get a better ‘taste’ of what to expect in Macao, courtesy of The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), at the Taste MIGF (Malaysian International Gourmet Festival), at Berjaya Times Square Hotel’s Bronx V ballroom.
There will be an array of delicacies for visitors to sample, as well as a cooking demo by a chef from Macao.
For more, visit the Macao Tourism Malaysia Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MacaoTourismMalaysia.