Macao launches light festival to attract tourists
Macao Light Festival 2017 was unveiled at the Ruins of St. Paul on Sunday night, kicking off a string of events and festivities to fill the entire December with new elements of tourism and leisure.
Under the theme "Wish-Making under the Stars", the opening ceremony featured dance performance choreographed and performed by a local dance troupe. The opening kicked off an array of projection mapping shows and light installations at eight local tourist attractions, taking visitors and residents onto a dazzling journey.
In the opening ceremony, Macao Government Tourism Office Director Senna Fernandes said that the tourism office will forge the Macao Light Festival into one of Macao's annual signature events and continue to combine elements of gastronomy, culture and creativity for the goal to build Macao into a world center of tourism and leisure.
She also added that a string of other events and festivities will follow in this month, including the 2nd Macao International Film Festival & Awards, the Macau Shopping Festival and the Macao International Parade, as well as celebrations for the 18th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao SAR, the Christmas holidays and the New Year's Eve.
Staged from 7 pm to 10 pm local time from Dec 3 to 31, the festival will present projection mapping shows, light installations, interactive games and a series of new activities such as light art exhibitions, outdoor local concerts and outdoor movie shows. Related cultural and creative products will also be launched during the festival.