"Wynn Macau - 18th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest" kicks off today (September 2) as the fireworks teams from Germany and Taiwan, China light up the sky of Macau with splendid fireworks.
Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Chui Sai On, Director of Macau Government Tourist Office João Manuel Costa Antunes and Chairman of Wynn International, Jack Binion officiated the opening ceremony at the Macau Tower Outdoor Plaza.
Held on September 2, 9, 16, 23 and October 1 at the sea area across the Macau Tower, Wynn Macau - 18th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest has attracted ten teams from around the world to vie for the championship.
The contest this year features ten teams from Germany, Taiwan China, Korea, Thailand, Portugal, Australia, United States of America, Japan, France and China; each will show off their pyrotechnic wizardry to the spectators both from Macau and overseas.
For the first time last year, a new feature was introduced to the Macau International Fireworks Display Contest, in which each participating team was requested to complement their display with music to enthrall the audience with a light and sound spectacular.
Sound systems are installed at the waterfront of the Macau Tower Outdoor Plaza, at the Macau Tower Street seaside and at the square in front of Kun Iam Statue on Ave. Dr Sun Yat Sen so that the public can enjoy synchronized music to the spectacular displays.
The teams taking part in this year's contest are: NICO Lunig Event GmbH from Germany, Wan Dar Fireworks Mfg. Co., Ltd. from Taiwan, China, Hanwha Corporation from Korea, Pacific Pyro Co., Ltd. from Thailand, Pirotecnia Minhota, Lda, from Portugal, Foti International Fireworks Pty Ltd from Australia, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza from the United States of America, Takagi Fireworks Co., Ltd. from Japan, Brezac-Artifices from France and Liuyang City Hongji Fireworks Co., Ltd. from China. Each fireworks display will last for approximately 18 minutes, and there will be two displays per evening at 9 pm and 10 pm.
To celebrate the event, MGTO and the General Union of Neighbors Association of Macau jointly present the Fireworks Carnival 2006 on the shorefront beside the Macau Tower, which will be held between 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. on each of the fireworks display nights, offering an array of live entertainment, cultural activities and culinary delights.