Macao shines spotlight on two evening festivals
The invasion of Macao by 10 monumental “rabbits” is just the beginning of an autumn-winter season which will revolve around two month-long evening festivals among its feast of annual events.
Pride of place on the banks of Nam Van Lake stand 10 luminous installations in the form of rabbits, which throughout October will light up the night’s sky in celebrating the 2nd Macao Lantern Festival.
Measuring between five and eight metres tall, each colourful character was designed by renowned architect and artist Carlos Marreiros.
Supported by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), the event is a major drawcard during the Asian centre’s annual Mid-Autumn Festival until the end of October.
Apart from the visual display at the Waterfront Promenade of Once Central and Anim’Arte Nam Van, there are lantern festival workshops, allowing budding artists to create lanterns using clay and glassed bottles.
From December 3-31, another array of lights will be switched on throughout Macao as the city celebrates winter with a fascinating light festival.
Such has been the success of previous year’s festivals the 2017 Macao Light Festival promises to be more spectacular with events arranged to attract locals and international visitors beyond the bright colours.
Organised by the MGTO, this year’s festival will have a strong emphasis on story-telling with an outdoor concert scheduled along with an outdoor movie showing and an exclusive lighting dinner.
The Macao Light Festival will be highlighted by an opening show on December 3.
As many as eight of the former Portuguese enclave’s historic sites will be used as focal points throughout the month, heightened each night by bright lighting and three-dimensional mapping.
Those prime locations will be:
· Camões Garden
· St. Anthony’s Church
· Taipa Houses
· St. Lazarus Church
· Old Court Building
· Anim’Arte NAM VAN
· Senado Square · Ruins of St. Paul’s
Details: Macao Government Tourism Office www.visitmacao.com.au