Macao’s brightest event is back for another edition. From 26 September to 31 October, the sixth edition of the “Macao Light Festival” is filling our vibrant city with light installations, projection mapping shows and interactive games in different locations around Macao and Taipa, for everyone’s enjoyment.
The 2020 Macao Light Festival is on daily from 7 pm to 10 pm until 31 October. Themed “Light Carnival”, this year’s Festival is displaying light installations and interactive games in 12 locations along four routes – “Circus”, “Time Tunnel”, “Candy Kingdom” and “Music Box of Lights”. In all of them, you can find great spots for selfies with friends! Meanwhile, you may meet Mak Mak – the Mascot of Macao Tourism – in different costumes and ready to guide you through a fun and dazzling journey.
This year for the first time, the historic buildings of the Tap Seac Square are the backdrop of mapping projections and music. These stunning performances are a unique and enchanting experience that has been delighting people every year. This show, under the theme “Color is…”, is projected upon the facades of the Cultural Affairs Bureau Building, the Tap Seac Health Centre, the Macao Central Library and the Archives of Macao building. Upon this historically magnificent canvas, strokes of light create artworks of different styles and colors, to the sound of music.
The four routes across the Macao Peninsula and Taipa are:
- Circus at Our Lady of Fatima Parish – Connecting the Leisure Area in Rua do General Ivens Ferraz and the Canidrome to Areia Preta’s Urban Park. The Leisure Area in Rua do General Ivens Ferraz has a 27-meter-long canopy. Under this circus, interactive AR games and animal pattern illuminations recreate a carnival experience. While there, you can also check-in at the “Pirate Ship” or enjoy the “Circus Show” in the Areia Preta Urban Park.
- Time Tunnel at St. Lazarus Parish and St. Anthony Parish – Interweaving the Tap Seac Square, Calçada do Amparo, Pátio de Chôn Sau, Rua de Nossa Senhora do Amparo, Rua dos Ervanários, and Largo do Pagode do Bazar, this route turns into a magical time-travelling corridor. The Time Tunnel culminates in a mapping show at the China Products Company (in Largo do Pagode do Bazar), which takes us back to a Macao from the old days.
- Candy Kingdom in Nam Van and Sai Van Districts – “Rainbow rings”, a “Refreshing iced drink” and other sweet delights turn the Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre and Anim’Arte Nam Van into a kingdom of sweetness.
- Music Box of Lights at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish – A mapping show entitled “Musical Piano” is playing in the walls of the restaurant Cozinha Pinocchio Taipa. Other light installations, such as “Amazing Escada do Coxo”, and “Musical Stairs” give audiences in Taipa Village an unparalleled feast for the eyes.
Local businesses and organizations are involved too. This year, a series of additional community outreach programs include light events held by local community organizations in tandem with the Macao Light Festival. Those comprise of “Macao Light Festival 2020 — Light and Color at Cathedral Parish”, the “Macao Light Festival 2020 — Fun Journey of Light at Our Lady of Fatima Parish” and the “Macao Light Festival 2020 — ‘Light extravaganza on Coloane’ at Parish of St. Francis Xavier”. All of these events incorporate light installations, interactive games and even offers and giveaways from the Festival!
Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the organizer, MGTO, is paying close attention to the latest situation. Timely and proper arrangements for all shows and activities follow the guidelines issued by the Health Bureau. In case of adverse weather conditions, appropriate adjustments will be made to the event program.
For more information about the Macao Light Festival 2020, please visit MGTO’s website for the “Macao Light Festival 2020 – Light Carnival” (mlf.macaotourism.gov.mo), or follow MGTO’s WeChat ID (“MGTOweixin”).