Macau party bursts to life

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The night sky over Macau will burst into life for a 23rd year as Asia’s former Portuguese enclave hosts its spectacular International Fireworks Display Contest.

Ten countries from around globe will set off their finest works in a bid for the championship title, the kaleidoscope of fireworks complementing the rich neon-lit colours of Macau’s ever-expanding entertainment precincts.

The annual contest will take place between 9-10pm on Friday, September 10, and on each Saturday evening from September 12 until October 1.

“It’s an exciting time to be holidaying in Macau, to watch in awe as each team has a chance to put on their best displays on show,” said Helen Wong, managing director of the Macau Government Tourist Office (Australia and New Zealand).

“There will be teams from as far afield as Austria, the UK, France and Canada,” she said. “Of course, China will be represented along with teams from Japan and, understandably, Portugal.
“The fireworks displays should be a good finale to a day of sightseeing around historic Macau with its 20 or more UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial and Chinese architecture and the new Macau both on the waterfront of the peninsula and on Cotai, between Taipa and Coloane.

“The Macau International Fireworks Display Contest has gained worldwide recognition for the quality of its participating teams, the scale of the contest and the standard of performance.”
More than 100 international teams have taken part in the competition since its inception in the late 1980s.

The Macau Government Tourist Office continues to work towards advancing the event’s international status and reputation with the vision to “bring about the world’s most prominent international fireworks display to the world”.

Details: Macau Government Tourist Office, phone (+61 2) 9264 1488,

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