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Mice Net : October 2008
macau LEFT: Dom Pedro Theatre, Macau. BELOW: A-Ma Temple, Macau. C M Y CM MY CY Macau Food Festival Held in November, this major event features more than 100 booths with themed delicacy areas including Macau area, Asian cuisine area, Greater China area, Portuguese and European area, Japanese and Korea area, and Dessert area. Dance performances, magic shows, and other special activities help put the fizz in this popular annual event. Macau Grand Prix This is probably the most internationally-known event produced in Macau because of its quality and its history of more than five decades. Held from November 13 to 16 in 2008, this event really does bring the entire destination alive. Macau International Marathon The Macau International Marathon is held on December 7 with runners coming from around the world to participate. The course circles the peninsula and crosses to Taipa and Coloane Islands in what has to be one of the prettiest marathon courses on the planet. Macau Arts Festival The Macau Arts Festival was held in May this year, but will be back in 2009 once more. This year’s event featured more than 30 performances by artists from Israel, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada and South Korea, Macau and mainland China. In a clear show of support for local talent, Macau artists are given the opportunity to début works reflecting the region's own performing arts scene, while on the international front, the festival reaffirms itself as a window to the latest creative trends to emerge on stages the world over. The program brings together theatre, multimedia arts, 122 mice.net dance and music in a selection extending to lesser-known Asian traditions like Indian classical dance. This festival is organised by the Cultural Institute. It is the time when most of the cultural associations and institutes of Macau display their best shows. Normally the program includes concerts, dance, painting exhibitions, Chinese opera, and theatre. A-Ma Festival Homage is paid to Macau's most popular deity, the Goddess of Seafarers, from whom Macau is said to derive its name. The maiden A-Ma (also known as Tin Hau) ordered the elements to calm down when a storm threatened a boat. The winds abated. On the spot where the boat reached land, the grateful mariners built the A-Ma Temple. This is a day when seafarers and their families visit the ancient temple in the Inner Harbour. In 2008 the event was held on April 28. Mid Autumn Festival The centre of this celebration is the moon on the 15th day of the 8th month (according to the lunar calendar). People make special lunar cakes which they offer to each other. The preparation of the cakes requires the eggs and the ingredients to be energetically shaken. At night everybody goes out to observe the new moon and to worship the gods with colourful and exquisite lanterns. In Macau the traditional spots for this are the Praia Grande and Nam Van Lake, all gardens and Hac-Sa and Cheoc-Van beaches in Coloane. To learn more about making the most of Macau’s festivals and events during your conference or incentive travel reward contact the Macau Government Tourist Office in Sydney on (02) 9264 1488. CMY K