Venetian Macau Golf Open 2014

Venetian Macau Golf Open 2014

The 16th edition of the Venetian Macau Golf Open 2014, one of the highlights on the Asian Tour, will tee off on Thursday, 23 October at the picturesque Macau Golf and Country Club. The tournament boasts a field of former champions, including last year’s victor, Scott Hend, fresh from his thrilling Hong Kong Open triumph last week, alongside four-time Major winner, Ernie Els, and the evergreen Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez.

The Venetian Macau Golf Open is jointly organised by Macau Sport Development Board of Macau SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macau. It is sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macau, and promoted by IMG. The Venetian Macao® is the title sponsor of the event for a third successive year. This year’s event boasts a total prize fund of US$900,000, an increase of 12.5% compared to last year.

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Macau Grand Prix. 13-16 November 2014

Macau Grand Prix. 13-16 November 2014

Each November during the Macau Grand Prix, Macau wakes up with a jolt as more than 200 racing drivers and riders, as well as thousands of motor sports fans, descend on the territory for the world’s only international street circuit race meeting which features both car and motorcycle races.

The 61st running of the legendary event, the Macau Grand Prix 2014 will be held with a total of three days of extraordinary racing from November 13th to 16th.

Macau Grand Prix

Macau Grand Prix Straight

The program is unprecedented in its depth of talent, diversity, and prestige, with an impressive combination of exciting young talent, established stars and the world’s most famous names in automotive excellence.

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Macau Fringe Festival

Macau Fringe Festival

The Macau Fringe Festival is usually held in November and the activity program lasts for about two weeks. It gives the local artists of Macau the opportunity to share end enjoy their cultural creativity with the locals and visitors to Macau alike.

Macau also welcomes a large number of artists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Portugal, France, Brazil, Israel, Spain, Holland, other parts of South east Asia and more to share their creations and activities with them.

Macau Fringe Festival, Arts in Our Daily Life

The performances and activities are generally aimed to discover art in our daily life. The idea is to spread the message that art is in everything around to encourage us to enjoy art anytime and anywhere we like. The event is also aimed to expand art activities in communities and improve the communication between artist and citizens and the exchange among neighboring cities. Locations of activities were carefully chosen to maximize the existing cultural resources for a full use of the cultural network in Macau. You can also enjoy some shows in the homes of artists. Highlights include the Association of Western Food and Bread, San Va Hospedaria and SKY 21.

via. Macau Fringe

A-Ma Cultural and Tourism Festival

A-Ma Cultural and Tourism Festival

Every year at the Macau A-Ma Cultural and Tourism Festival a series of activities are hosted by the Goddess A-Ma Foundation of Macau in the A-Ma Cultural Village on Alto de Coloane, to celebrate the Festival of Ancestors (Chung Yeung Festival). In addition to the dedication ceremonies, a Shanghai group will perform traditional dances for the Macau A-Ma Cultural and Tourism Festival, with many adherents from the Mainland and overseas expected to attend.

A-Ma is a Taoist goddess and is particularly revered in Macau. Also known as Tin Hau, she is the deity of fisher folk and other seafarers. Legend told of the story where a junk, while sailing across the South China Sea, was caught in a tremendous storm and was about to sink.

A-Ma Festival Macau
All aboard were terrified but at the last minute, a beautiful young woman stood up and ordered the elements to calm down. It did and the junk reached land safely. This mysterious woman is none other than the Goddess A-Ma.

A temple was built on the spot where she landed and it is still there to this day, on the Inner Harbor. The name Macau came to be when many centuries later, when Portuguese soldiers asked for the name of the place, the locals replied “A-Ma-Gao” (Bay of A-Ma).

It was eventually shortened to Macau. In recent times, a statue of A-Ma was erected on the highest point of Coloane Island. It is the  world’s tallest statue of the goddess A-Ma – carved in white jade standing 19.99 metres high and weighing over 500 tons and was erected in October 1998.A day when seafarers and their families visit the ancient temple, during the A-Ma Festival, offerings are made. There are also performances of Chinese opera.

A-Ma Cultural and Tourism Festival Getting There

A free shuttle bus is available to transport visitors from the foot of Alto de Coloane to the A-Ma Cultural Village. Buses depart from Estrada de Seac Pai Van near the petrol station – accessed by bus services No. 21, 21A, 25, 26 and 26A – and a short walk from the ceremonial arch over the road leading to the Village. The daily service runs every 30 minutes from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

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Macau International Music Festival. 3 Oct–1 Nov

Macau International Music Festival. 3 Oct–1 Nov

The Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government presents the 24th Macao International Music Festival (MIMF) from October 3rd to November 7th, 2010.

Each year the Macao International Music Festival brings internationally renowned artists from all over the world to Macao. Over the course of its decades-long history, the MIMF has gradually evolved into the major musical event in the territory, seeking to promote a balanced range of performances in order to reflect the diversity and uniqueness of Macao. It also strives to enrich the cultural life of the region while meeting the expectations and aspirations of the community.

This year’s festival boasts a diverse schedule embracing Western and Chinese opera, symphonic, choral and chamber music and performances in the contemporary, folk, pop, fusion and jazz genres, offering the public yet another dynamic encounter between East and West. Twenty-two diverse programs – from Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, the USA, Chile, Australia, Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China – bathe Macao’s stages in both ancient and modern sonic colors.

Inaugurating this 24th edition of the MIMF is the GÜRZENICH-ORCHESTRA COLOGNE (3/10, Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium, 8pm), a nearly two-century-old German ensemble now touring Asia with Chief Conductor Markus Stenz at the helm. The Festival’s offering of symphonic music then proceeds with a concert titled ROMANTIC – THE MACAO ORCHESTRA AND JIAN WANG (9/10, Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium, 8pm). The distinguished cellist Jian Wang makes a repeat visit to Macao, this time performing Dvoák’s Cello Concerto, the last solo concerto from the famed Bohemian composer, written in 1894-95 while he was in New York. Born and raised in China, Jian Wang was discovered at an early age by Isaac Stern, whose encouragement and support paved the way for Jian Wang’s travel to the United States. In 1985 he entered the Yale School of Music, where he studied with renowned cellist Aldo Parisot. From then on, his career has gone from strength to strength.

The MIMF has invested renewed effort to provide workshops, talks and other activities to accompany its events with the aim of stimulating public interest in the arts.

Tickets for the 24th Macao International Music Festival go on sale at 10am on August 1st, 2010, at all Kong Seng Ticketing outlets. Telephone and online bookings will be available from 1pm onwards. A variety of discount plans will be offered. Publicity materials available at the ticket counters can provide more detailed information.

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Tam expects gaming revenue to keep falling

Secretary for the Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen has said gross gaming revenue in Macau’s casinos could be lower this month than a year ago.

Last month gaming revenue was MOP25.6 billion (about US$3.2 billion), 11.7 percent less than a year earlier.

“It was nearly a 12 percent drop in September gaming revenue, and we expect the decline will be steeper in October,” Mr Tam told reporters.

“We estimate that this trend may last from now to the first half of next year,” he said.

Macau international trade, investment fair opens

This year’s Macau International Trade and Investment Fair has opened, with 1,900 booths occupying 30,000 square metres of exhibition space.

The event encompasses forums held by leading businessmen, the signing of agreements between governments, and business matching sessions.

People from over 50 economies, including some from economies never before represented, are attending the fair.

Those taking part include representatives of over 142 Macau enterprises.

September visitors increase by 3 pct to 2.41 mln

Macau had almost 2.41 million visitors last month, 3 percent more than a year earlier.

The Statistics and Census Service says 52 percent were day-trippers.

The number of visitors from mainland China rose by 6 percent to nearly 1.6 million, but the numbers from Hong Kong and Taiwan fell.

The numbers from South Korea and Japan increased.

The average visitor stayed 1.0 day, the same as a year earlier. The average overnight visitor stayed 1.9 days and the average day-tripper 0.2 day.

Round-the-clock border opening expected soon

A mainland official has said he is confident that the border between Hengqin Island and Macau will open around the clock this year.

The director-general of the Hengqin Administrative Committee, Niu Jing, said the mainland authorities were busy getting the facilities on their side of the border ready.

Mr Niu said they were building a provisional immigration hall and had plans for a public transport hub nearby.

Govt opts for Avenida 24 de Junho route for LRT

The government has announced that the peninsular stretch of the Light Rapid Transit elevated railway will run along Avenida 24 de Junho in NAPE.

The Transportation Infrastructure Office also it had had accepted a proposal by Portuguese architect Cristina Rocha Leiria that is meant to make the best use of the waterfront.

The office said it had accepted the proposal after consultations.

Economy secretary hints that he is on the way out

Secretary for the Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen has hinted that he will leave his post when Chief Executive Chui Sai On’s first term in office ends in December.

Mr Tam, talking to reporters yesterday, declined to say who his successor might be.

Mr Tam has held his post for 15 years.

“At more appropriate times, if need be, I can talk a bit, looking back at my 15 years,” Mr Tam said. “But I’m not doing it today.”

The Buzz | France reclaims title: world’s largest wine maker

France has reclaimed its crown as world’s biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy’s wine production plunge 15 percent. French vignerons will produce around 46.2 million hectoliters of wine — about 6.16 billion bottles — this year, up 10 percent from a year earlier. Italy, whose winemakers have out-produced France’s for the […]

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