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Lights, music, feasts: Why all roads lead to Macao for New Year’s Eve

Art and cultural events, light displays, as well as food fiestas await you at Macao, this New Year.

travel Updated: Dec 14, 2017 10:46 IST
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Macao will be decorated for the New Year and there will be outdoor mini concerts, light shows and screening of local movies.(Shutterstock)

Macao traditionally celebrates the end of the year with barrel-loads of fun and exciting events. Christmas carols and Markets pump up the atmosphere prior to the New Year in squares, hotels and establishments all over town.

Taipa Village Cultural Association will present emerging Portuguese illustrator Ana Aragao’s first solo exhibition as its closing event for its 2017 artistic programme. Hosted by Taipa Village Art Space, the exhibition entitled Imaginary Beings will showcase a unique collection of abstract illustrations.

“As Ana Aragao opens her debut show in Macao, we hope to broaden horizons in two directions: those of the artist whose current work is inspired by local architecture, but who has never set foot on Macanese soil; and on the other, those of local art connoisseurs in understanding that professional illustration also has a place in art galleries,” said Joao O, President of the Executive Board, Taipa Village Cultural Association.

The lights display will focus on the architecture and local attractions of Macao. (Shutterstock)

Macao Light Festival 2017 — AMOR MACAU will be staged till December 31.Through fascinating light artistry, the event will portray the cultural diversity and touching stories of the city. The production team of Macao Light Festival 2017 will include over a hundred local transmedia creators specialising in diverse areas such as animation, music, films and multimedia. The production team combines innovative technology and local artistry with the history and culture of Macao for fascinating displays on the architecture and local attractions of Macao.

There will be interactive light installations and games to ensure the audience gets to participate. For instance, Anim’Arte Nam Van will be transformed into the Playground of Lights and present an amalgam of music, dances, games and so forth.

The Maze of Flowers at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre will immerse participants into a mysterious sea of roses and let them project blessing lanterns beneath the canopy next to the maze. In addition, The Light in the Soul — Light Art Exhibition will be held at the exhibition gallery on the ground floor of Oriental Foundation, showcasing artworks with elements of light created by local artists Jose Drummond, Joao Ó and James Chu.

Outdoor mini concerts by local musicians and an outdoor screening of the local movie Love in the City will be staged in town. Admission is free and audiences can enjoy romantic local productions in the beautiful glow of illuminations.

Moreover, the festival will also feature two local catering establishments to present Light Dinner, an array of feasts that blend light projections and culinary delights into dining experiences, riding on the creative momentum given by the designation of Macao as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

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First Published: Dec 14, 2017 10:45 IST