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Mice Net : October 2008
macau events machines, Macau is a mecca for events and festivals, offering a year-round program of activities that can be a great addition to any conference or incentive. What’s more, the destination is attracting big name stars, such as Celine Dion, who was in town earlier this year performing a series of shows, much to the delight of visiting groups. Over the following pages we give readers a snapshot of what’s coming up in Macau: C 20th International Fire Works Display The largest of its kind and one of the most important in the world, pyrotechnicians from around the globe are invited to Macau to compete with spectacles of fireworks set off over the Nam Van Lake. This year’s event was held in late September. The contest has become an annual characteristic of Macau with many visitors specially choosing this time of year to come to Macau to enjoy the displays. Macau attaches great importance to cultural heritage, and fireworks were one of the three main handicrafts in Macau. The display started in 1989 with only five participating teams. By 1995, the event had grown to a 10-team event, with two different teams showing their expertise each night. 120 mice.net aplenty ertainly Macau has obtained a reputation for being Asia’s gambling capital, with huge resort casinos built and under construction. But beyond the blackjack tables and slot Senado Square, Macau. And you thought that Macau was all about gambling and mega- resorts. the up-and-coming destination has a history of events and festivals that just keep growing. 22nd Macau International Music Festival Each year the Macau International Music Festival brings internationally renowned artists from all over the world to Macau. In 2008 the festival is being held between October 3 and November 2. Over the course of its two decade history it has gradually evolved into the major musical event in the territory. The MIMF seeks to promote a balanced range of performances in order to reflect the diversity and uniqueness of Macau. It also strives to enrich the cultural life of the region while meeting the expectations and aspirations of the community. This year's program embraces opera, symphonic, choral and chamber music, as well as contemporary, folk, pop and jazz music. This is a festival that every year brings to Macau some of the finest orchestras, singers, choirs and music players in the world. The climax is traditionally the performance of an opera. Concerts and recitals take place throughout Macau in the baroque churches, Chinese pavilions, gardens and the cultural centre. Macau Golf Open The Macau Open is held from October 23 to 26 at the Macau Golf and Country Club and features some of the world’s best golf professionals. For those who enjoy golf, timing your conference or incentive to coincide with this event is a great add-on to any program.