Macao Light Festival 2019 to Illuminate Macao’s 20-Year Epic Journey in December

Themed as ‘Explore the Light’ this year, the ‘Macao Light Festival 2019’ will set to dazzle different places in Macao from 1st to 31st December. Once again it presents an extravaganza of projection mapping shows, light installations, interactive games and more in 15 locations across four districts including the newly-featured northern district, which enables residents and visitors to experience the unique charm of each community.

Light Festival will dazzle northern district for the first time

Macao Tourism Mascot ‘MAK MAK’ will join locals and visitors to explore four glittery routes and Macao’s evolving cityscape over the last two decades through different angles in the art of light. The adventure will be reminiscent of stories and memories belonging to the people of Macao, and share the joy of the celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao SAR. The four routes are:

  1. ‘Light of Age’ in the northern district will connect different places including Leisure Area in Rua do General Ivens Ferraz, Leisure Area at Baía Norte do Patane on Rua Norte do Patane and Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome. Various spots will be festooned along the route to sparkle like a star-studded sky. Spectators can get lost in the beauty of ‘Eight Planets’ at Leisure Area in Rua do General Ivens Ferraz, hop onto a future spaceship for an experience of ‘Space Travel’, or enjoy a walk down the memory lane through different decades in Macao with the video mapping show ‘Memory of Macau Canidrome’ at Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome.

  2. ‘Light of Memory’ in the central district and St. Lazarus’ Parish will connect Leisure Area at Largo da Sé, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Rua dos Ervanários, Largo do Pagode do Bazar and Calçada da Igreja de S. Lázaro. Spectators can experience the fun of ‘Swinging Cascade’ and ‘AR Magic Sandbox’ at Largo do Pagode do Bazar. ‘Homey Lamp’ at Calçada da Igreja de S. Lázaro, will project different home lightings commonly used in different ages, which will mirror the changes of people’s life in Macao.

  3. ‘Light of Colors’ in Nam Van and Sai Van Districts will cover Anim’Arte NAM VAN, Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre, the white canopy at Nam Van as well as St. Joseph’s Seminary Church. The route will feature a cascade projection titled ‘Floating Wonder’, a mega light installation ‘Glistening Lotus’ and more, besides an encounter with ‘Big Mak’, which is a huge 12-meter-tall balloon ‘MAK MAK’ at Anim’Arte NAM VAN. Audiences can enjoy ‘Flow of Melody’, which is a piano performance paired with light installation, as well as shops for local signature delicacies and cultural and creative products in ‘Anim’Arte Market’.

  4. ‘Light of Harmony’ at Our Lady of Carmel Parish will cover the Taipa Houses, Largo dos Bombeiros and the square in front of Pak Tai Temple. ‘Tide of Love’ will project light effects resembling ocean tides at Taipa Houses, creating harmonious scenery imbued with romantic aroma. A mapping show named ‘Carnival’ will be staged at Largo dos Bombeiros to showcase the cultural gems and culinary delights from Portugal, bringing to life the creative dynamic of Macao as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

Mapping Shows in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao SAR

A total of six teams will present video-mapping shows this year. Mapping shows staged at the Ruins of St. Paul’s will include: ‘Bloom’, created by a Spanish team, will highlight the quaint beauty of the architectural design of the Ruins of St. Paul’s and Macao’s unique cultural legacy; ‘The Adventures of Snow’, created by a team from Shenzhen, will unfold the adventures of a snowflake, such as float past attractive delicacies; local production ‘The Time of Joy’ will present a story of Macao as a fishing village in the old days, the cityscape in cultural harmony and the joyful celebrations of the 20th anniversary.

Mapping shows which will be staged at St. Joseph’s Seminary Church include: ‘Macao’s Light Journey’, presented by a Portuguese team, which will lead spectators to revisit Macao’s historic moments; coming from Japan, the show ‘Prism’ will depict Macao’s historic stories; another local production "Let’s ‘20’ Together!" will present images of sprout, lotus, festive carnival and other elements, which are incorporated into the show to embody Macao’s flourishing development in the last two decades and visualise the city’s future brimming with dreams and hopes.

The Macao Light Festival will feature interactive light installations in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao SAR. Beneath the white canopy at Nam Van, ‘Joy to the World’ will allow residents and visitors to send their best wishes for Macao onto the huge screen on-site via the mobile app for Macao Light Festival 2019. Another interactive light installation known as ‘Memory in Time’ at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre will offer audiences a window into Macao’s journey over the last 20 years from 1999 to 2019, highlighting the momentous times since the Macao SAR was established 20 years ago.

Redeem gifts via sharing on Light Festival mobile app or social platforms

The Macao Light Festival will be staged from 7:00pm to 10:00pm from 1st to 31st December (the last projection mapping show will begin at 9:50pm daily). On the night of 31st December, 2019, the light installations at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre, Anim’Arte NAM VAN and the white canopy at Nam Van will be illuminated until 0:10 midnight on 1st January, 2020.

The mobile app for Macao Light Festival 2019 provides event information, route navigation as well as features for commenting and gift redemption. The mobile app can be downloaded for free on App Store or Google Play as the Light Festival arrives. The public can complete different activities for gift redemption via the mobile app or social media platforms according to instructions. Gifts of Macao Light Festival 2019 can be redeemed at designated information stations located at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre, Anim’Arte NAM VAN, Largo do Pagode do Bazar, Leisure Area at Baía Norte do Patane and the Taipa Houses.

For more information about Macao Light Festival 2019, please stay tuned on MGTO’s website (, MGTO’s WeChat ID (‘mgtoweixin’) and themed pages on Facebook (2019 Macao Light Festival) and Instagram (macaolightfestival2019). The public can also download the mobile app for Macao Light Festival 2019.