Published on : Friday, November 25, 2016
“Macao Light Festival 2016 – Treasure of Light” will come on stage from 4th to 31st December, presenting video mapping projections, light installations, interactive games as well as a music and light show at various locations in Macao.
This year, the Festival will introduce innovative projection techniques and new interactive elements, in hope that more citizens and visitors will come to enjoy a more fascinating program of the Festival which promises a more compelling effect as a mega event. The organizer, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), held a press conference today (25 November) to introduce the event program. Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Cultural Affairs Bureau and Sports Bureau are the event co-organizers.
MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes and Deputy Director Cheng Wai Tong, Vice President of Sports Bureau, Lau Cho Un, as well as representatives of Cultural Affairs Bureau and Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau were present in the press conference along with other personages today. Director Senna Fernandes stated that the Macao Light Festival will be inaugurated on 4th December, the same day with the Macao International Marathon and the Parade through Macao, Latin City. During the Macao Light Festival, the city will also celebrate the 17th Anniversary of the Establishment of Macao Special Administrative Region and the Christmas holidays. Through a line-up of mega events, the Government strives to unleash a greater synergy and transform Macao into a City of Events, in line with the city’s goal to become a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure. “As the organizer, MGTO will put unsparing efforts to present a spectacular Macao Light Festival, hoping to set off a mass fervor for the dazzling event again, and forge the Festival into a signature annual event,” she remarked.
Remarkable blend of technology and innovation
“Macao Light Festival 2016 – Treasure of Light” will be staged from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily from 4th to 31st December. The route covers a total of eight venues including Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre, Avenida Panorâmica do Lago Nam Van, Anim’Arte Nam Van, St. Lawrence’s Church, Mandarin’s House, Lilau Square, Moorish Barracks and Barra Square. Revolving around a quest for the “Treasure of Light”, the Festival invites citizens and visitors to embark on an adventure as “explorers” to look for seven lost Energy Gems of Mazu, which symbolize the meaning of ‘Hope’, ‘Perseverance’, ‘Health’, ‘Happiness’, ‘Harvest’, ‘Bravery’ and ‘Faithfulness’. By collecting the seven gems, they can awaken treasure from the sea and enjoy a virtual reality tour beyond their imagination. It is fun for participants, young and old, to enjoy the activities involved. The production team of the Festival this year mainly comprises local teammates and partners from Hong Kong. The entire production features innovative projection techniques of video mapping which is not confined to architecture façade. The video mapping show at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre will be projected upon a cascade of water. In addition, more interactive elements as well as a new music and light show are included to attract local and foreign spectators. A new mobile application named “Treasure of Light” is launched this year, featuring maps of the covered routes, program, theme game, the latest information and selfie-taking feature. The content of the App is available in Chinese and English. The App can be downloaded by the public for free on App Store or Google Play.
Video Mapping illustrates stories about Macao
Four video mapping shows namely “Sailing”, “Inheritance”, “Source of Water” and “Carrying-on” will be staged at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre, Mandarin’s House, Lilau Square and Barra Square respectively. The shows will take the audience to travel back into the old days of Macao for its moving stories. The shows are scheduled as follows: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. Every show spans 5 minutes. To facilitate the event “Walk for a Million”, the video mapping show and light installation at Barra Square will be temporarily suspended from 10th to 14th December.
Light installations shine with new interactive elements
Seven sets of light installations in total will be rolled out at various locations, including “Lake of Treasure” comprising 360 LED glow balls at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre, “Path of Treasure” at Avenida Panorâmica do Lago Nam Van, “Light Painting, Neon Sketching and Street of Illusion” at Anim’Arte Nam Van, “Blessing Stairways” at St. Lawrence’s Church, “Tree of Blessing” at Lilau Square, “Cave of Gems” at Moorish Barracks and “Harbor of Hope” at Barra Square. Most of the light installations will shine with new interactive elements. Among them, the “Light Painting” will enable spectators to creative their own graffiti of light and share photos on social network, while “Neon Sketching” will let spectators to sketch their own art pieces of neon light in concert.