Themed as “Explore the Light” this year, Macau Tourism Mascot “Mak Mak” will join locals and visiting spectators to explore four glittery routes and Macau’s evolving cityscape over the last two decades through different angles in the art of light. The adventure will reminisce the stories and memories belonging to the people of Macau, and evoke the joy brought by celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao SAR. There are several routes to follow: Route 1: Light of Age (north district), Route 2: Light of Memory (central district and St. Lazarus parish), Route 3: Light of Colours (Nam Van and Sai Van district), Route 4: Light of Harmony (Nossa Senhora do Carmo Parish).
“Light of Age” in the northern district connects different places including Leisure Area in Rua do General Ivens Ferraz, Leisure Area at Baía Norte do Patane on Rua Norte do Patane and Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome. Along the route, various spots are festooned to sparkle like a star-studded sky. Spectators can get lost in the beauty of “Eight Planets” at Leisure Area in Rua do General Ivens Ferraz, hop onto a future spaceship for an experience of “Space Travel”, or enjoy a walk down memory lane through different decades in Macau with the mapping show “Memory of Macau Canidrome” at Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome.
“Light of Memory” in the central district and St. Lazarus’ Parish connects Leisure Area at Largo da Sé, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Rua dos Ervanários, Largo do Pagode do Bazar and Calçada da Igreja de S. Lázaro. Spectators can experience the fun of “Swinging Cascade” and “AR Magic Sandbox” at Largo do Pagode do Bazar. “Homey Lamp” at Calçada da Igreja de S. Lázaro, projects different home lightings commonly used in different ages, which will mirror the changes in people’s life in Macau.
“Light of Colors” in Nam Van and Sai Van Districts covers Anim’Arte Nam Van, Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre, the White awning at Nam Van as well as St. Joseph’s Seminary Church. The route features a cascade projection titled “Floating Wonder”, a mega light installation “Glistening Lotus” and more, besides an encounter with “Big Mak”, a huge 12-meter-tall balloon “Mak Mak” at Anim’Arte Nam Van. Audiences can enjoy “Flow of Melody”, a piano performance paired with light installation, or shop for local signature delicacies and cultural and creative products in “Anim’Arte Market”.
“Light of Harmony” at Our Lady of Carmel Parish will cover the Taipa Houses, Largo dos Bombeiros and the square in front of Pak Tai Temple. “Tide of Love” projects light effects resembling ocean tides at Taipa Houses, creating harmonious scenery imbued with romantic aroma. A mapping show named “Carnival” is staged at Largo dos Bombeiros to showcase the cultural gems and culinary delights from Portugal, bringing to life the creative dynamic of Macau as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
The Macao Light Festival 2019 is organized by the Macao Government Tourism Office, co-organized by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Sports Bureau. The Environmental Protection Bureau and Companhia de Electricidade de Macau (CEM) are supporting entities of the event.
When: December 1–31, 2019
Where: Route 1 – Leisure Area in Rua do General Ivens Ferraz → Leisure Area at Baía Norte do Patane → Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome
Route 2 – Leisure Area at Largo da Sé → Ruins of St. Paul’s → Rua dos Ervanários → Largo do Pagode do Bazar → Calçada da Igreja de S. Lázaro
How much: Free admission
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