One of the best times of the year to visit Macao is during the Macao International Fireworks Display Contest. The event is a spectacular multimedia pyrotechnic show over five weekends. The contest is an international event involving competitors from 10 countries, who will wow the crowds with fireworks synchronised to music and laser effects. And this year, an Australian team has a good chance of winning.
Cardile International Fireworks Pty Ltd from Perth will compete against nine other teams from Austria, France, Japan, UK, Philippines, Germany, Italy, China and Portugal for the grand prize.
A Celebration of Animation
The team from Cardile International Fireworks is planning an impressive show called “A Celebration of Animation”.
The pyromusical performance is a journey incorporating many of the world’s favourite animated film and television theme songs and soundtracks. You can expect music from Aladdin, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Pokemon and The Lion King.
Cardile Fireworks is responsible for some of Western Australia’s largest and most spectacular fireworks displays, including the annual pyromusical displays at the Perth Royal Agricultural Show and Chinese New Year at Burswood Resort, where fireworks are launched from multiple barges on Perth’s Swan River.
In Macao, their team of 18 (five from Perth, two from Singapore, five from China and six from Macao) will spend seven labour-intensive days positioning the fireworks on the barge and wiring each firework to its individual music cue.
It takes around six months to prepare for an event of the scale.
The teams spend many hours designing the show, selecting music, choreographing and synchronising the fireworks to the music, making custom-designed fireworks to suit the music and programming the fireworks to the music.
Cardile won the gold trophy at the YueYang Tower Cup Fireworks in Hunan, China, in 2010, and hope to beat the world’s best pyrotechnics experts to win the prize.
28th Macao International Fireworks Display
Aside from the fireworks displays, there’s also a photo contest that is open to the public and a drawing contest for students. Take a look at the results of the 28th Macao International Fireworks Display contests below.
Winners of the photo contest
Winners of the drawing contest
The 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest will be staged in front of the Macau Tower on 2, 9, 16 and 23 September and 1 October 2017.
The displays take place at 9 pm and 9.40 pm and there’s a Fireworks Carnival with food stalls, live music and other activities from 5 pm to 11 pm on those days. See more details here.
Where to see the fireworks in Macao
Enjoy the fireworks from 360 Cafe at Macau Tower or book a place on the Skywalk for a truly spectacular view from the perimeter of the tower, 233m from the ground.
As the fireworks are set off at the bottom of Macau Tower, Praia Grande and Nam Van Lake are good viewing spots. Another good spot for photography is Ave. de Republica behind Sai Van Lake.
Penha Hill on Macau Peninsula is also a good vantage point.
Taipa Island is less crowded, but the fireworks will be further away.