When celebrations are planned in Sydney, fireworks displays are usually at the forefront, such as our world famous New Year’s Eve fireworks. Anyone living near Sydney Harbour will tell you that fireworks seem to be going off almost every night, celebrating a sporting win, corporate event or family birthday. In Sydney there’s no better way to announce something special than to let off some fireworks.
Sydney’s title as the fireworks capital of the world is now being challenged by Macau.
The night sky over Macau and its landmark Macau Tower will burst into a kaleidoscope of colours for the 27th successive year, in an international contest which has brought success for Australia and won the hearts of admirers from around the globe. Since the inaugural spectacular Macau International Fireworks Display Contest, Australian teams have finished on the podium five times, with first place in 1998 and third in 2003, 2006, 2012 and 2014.
At last year’s challenge, the Skylighter Fireworks team, led by Brisbane’s Max Brunner, won bronze for its performance at a highly charged carnival event that attracted teams from ten countries. “We were very pleased with the result,” an excited Max said. “It was hard going into the unknown. The different style of displays from around the world really impressed us. It was our first visit to Macau and throughout the stay nothing was too much of a problem for the hosts. It was also nice to meet people from around the world who shared the same passion, and the food in Macau was equally impressive.”
This year’s challenge, once again organised by the Macau Government Tourist Office, will burst into action during the Mid-Autumn Festival on the Saturdays of September 5, 12, 19 as well as Sunday, September 27 and Thursday October 1.
Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics (Displays) has been invited to wave the Australian flag and will be joined by teams from China, Portugal, Malaysia, Finland, Taiwan, Korea, Italy, France and Austria. On the final day, the Australian team will meet China, last year’s champion country. This should be a day for celebration, as it will be China’s National Day.
Macau Government Tourist Office director, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, expressed her gratitude for the support shown by the fireworks companies from across the globe, making the Macau International Fireworks Display Contest one of the most stunning events of the year. To work in line with building Macau into a ‘World Centre of Tourism and Leisure’, Macau Government Tourist Office will continue to present more fascinating and diversified events for residents and visitors, combining different elements with tourism to attract visitors from around the world to experience Macau’s charm as a ‘city of events’.
Helen Wong, general manager of the Macau Government Tourist Office (Australia and New Zealand), said it was a privilege to have a team invited from Australia. “Our past success in this challenge and the positive views relayed by the visiting Australian competitors have gone a long way to highlighting Macau as an authentic holiday destination for Australians. We encourage more Australians to come in September to enjoy the Macau hospitality and support our team in its quest to win the annual spectacle.”