If this is not your first time visiting Macau or Hong Kong, you will know that fireworks are a big thing here. Several major festivities throughout the year call for nothing less than an all-out pyrotechnic celebration. Besides New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (1 October), the annual Macau International Fireworks Display Contest is a great opportunity to see beautiful fireworks. It has been running for 28 years, and over 100 teams from around the globe have taken part in the competitions. Last year, Korea, Malaysia, Australia, France, Italy, Portugal, Austria and Finland lit up the night skies in an unprecedented show-down of choreographed pyrotechnics, while it was Taiwan who took home the trophy. Held over five dates – 3, 10, 15, 24 September and 1 October – the 2016 contest will again welcome hundreds of thousands of spectators to the Macau Tower waterfront area. With a bit of planning, you can avoid the crowd and get a wonderful view from a hotel suite or restaurant nearby. And if you do end up seeing the fireworks from indoors, tune in to TDM Radio at 100.7 FM to hear the live soundtrack that each team has created for their segment.
28th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest
3, 10, 15, 24 September, 1 October 2016
At 9 and 9.40pm
Music for all
What can top a musical experience in a UNESCO Heritage Site? Macau’s yearly music event fêtes its third decade with a world-class line-up, continuing its prestigious tradition of western and Chinese classical music performances. The 2015 edition opened with local talents, from Macau’s own 14-year-old violin prodigy Sofia Su to the Macau Orchestra’s interpretation of Symphony No. 3 by Gustav Mahler. A wide range of genres included Sweden’s mezzosoprano Charlotte Hellekant, the Kremerata Baltica’s characteristic preference for Russian and eastern European pieces, San Francisco’s 12-strong ‘a cappella’ group Chanticleer, original compositions by Danças Ocultras from Portugal, the BBC Philharmonic with guest musicians, the Sicilian Lyrical Chorus from Italy, Switzerland's Stradivari Quartet, the Icelandic experimental pianist Olafur Arnalds, and last but not least, the Northwestern China Ethnic Folk Music group.
While music buffs will be organising their entire trip in Macau around the programmes they want to see, you can enjoy music and sightseeing by getting a ticket to any performance taking place in the late-16th century St. Dominic’s Church, 17th century Mount Fortress or mid-19th century Dom Pedro V Theatre. Arrive early at the venue, walk around and take photos before curtain call, and then enjoy a full immersion in a truly atmospheric listening experience. Looking for more? Talks, master classes, workshops, backstage tours and the children’s corner enrich your MIMF experience and are great for those who are going to be in Macau throughout October.
30th Macau International Music Festival
Motorcycle Grand Prix
For the car enthusiasts
If this city is any proof that the best things come in small packages, then the 63rd Grand Prix will not disappoint. Macau’s longest-running annual sports event continues to draw a huge crowd and a roster of international prize-winning drivers. And no wonder, how often do they get to race through 7-metre-wide curves, zipping through centuries-old landmarks and glamorous resorts along the Guia Circuit? While tickets for the Lisboa Bend offer the best view and can go up to 200 euro, our favourite has to be the ‘Hairpin’ Bend for the tightest (and most heart-stopping) loop that it makes along the 6.2-kilometre track. Who will be the one to snatch the title from Felix Rosenqvist, winner of the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix two years in a row? You don't want to miss the FIA GT World Cup, the Motorcycle Grand Prix, or the car shows. This year's event is expected to draw up to 100, 000 spectators – just another exciting day in Macau.
63rd Macau Grand Prix