Imagine the night sky of Macao aglow in a starburst of magnificent fireworks accompanied by the cheers and applause of spectators enjoying this spectacular light and sound show. What a splendid scene!

Macao Government Tourism Office staged the inaugural edition of the ‘Macao International Fireworks Display Contest in 1989, which featured five participating teams only. By 1995 the annual event had developed into a ten-team event, with two different teams demonstrating their expertise each night, a successful format that continues to this day. The Macao International Fireworks Display Contest has grown over the years into an internationally acclaimed event, and is acknowledged as one of the best of its kind. Over the years, more than 100 outstanding teams from China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, Chinese Taiwan, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Poland, Croatia, Finland, the United States, Canada and South Africa have participated in this pyrotechnic wizardry.

The 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest (“the Contest”) will be staged above the sea area in front of the Macau Tower on 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd September and 1st October. The event will line up ten internationally-renowned teams ready to light up the night sky with spectacular fireworks orchestrated to music and laser effects, promising a range of stunning multimedia pyrotechnic shows for the audience. The Fireworks Carnival will be held concurrently as a side event that brings together vibrant performances, tasty delicacies and fun games beneath the fireworks. Through the above, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) aspires to weave various fascinating elements into an array of wonderful and memorable fireworks evenings for residents and visitors.

Line-up of premier companies to dazzle the skyline

The Contest lines up ten teams from Australia, Austria, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Italy, Portugal and China this year. Each of the companies boasts rich experience in creating mega multimedia fireworks shows. Some of their portfolios include fireworks displays presented in famous theme parks and major national celebrations of different countries.

Among the teams, four companies will make their debut in Macao, including Cardile International Fireworks Pty Ltd from Australia, ALPHA PYROTECHNIE from France, DRAGON FIREWORKS INC. from the Philippines and Liuyang new year fireworks trading co., Ltd. from China. All of them had won first place and other prizes in mega fireworks contests across the globe. Their exquisite productions were well acclaimed.

The other six teams include FIREevent – Die Feuerwerker from Austria, MLE PYROTECHNICS LIMITED from the United Kingdom, MARUTAMAYA Ogatsu FIREWORKS CO., LTD. from Japan, Potsdamer Feuerwerk GmbH from Germany, PANZERA S.A.S. from Italy and Grupo Luso Pirotecnia from Portugal, all of which had participated in the past editions of the Contest in Macao. With industry-wide recognition and accomplishments, the companies dazzled in different competitions as award-winners. With the remarkable lineup, fireworks spectaculars are much anticipated this year.

The shoreline overlooked by the Macau Tower and Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre, the shoreline in Taipa, the top of Penha Hill as well as the leisure, cultural and creative landmark opened last year, Anim’Arte NAM VAN, are among the popular vantage points for fireworks watching. Visitors can enjoy every fireworks evening from their favorite angle and style.

The Carnival will bring together stage performances, tasty delicacies and fun games, adding fantastic highlights to the Contest. In addition, Macao residents are welcome to join the Photo Contest, Student Drawing Contest and Trophy Design Contest to share their unique experiences with beautiful fireworks in the 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest.

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