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Macau International Fireworks Display Contest to Take Place on 11, 18, 22, 25 September and 1 October 2010

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The 22nd Macau International Fireworks Display Contest, organized by the Macau Government Tourist Office, will be held on 11, 18, 22, 25 September and 1 October 2010 at the sea area in front of the Macau Tower.

Among the five nights of fireworks display contest, 22 September falls on the Mid-Autumn Festival and 1 October is China's National Day. Teams from Italy and China will deploy their skills on China's National Day to add extra sparkle to the celebrations.

This year MGTO and Companhia de Telecomunicaes de Macau S.A.R.L. (CTM) have jointly launched an "SMS Game" to promote citizen participation in the event. During the period of the fireworks display contest, CTM will send out short message to their mobile service subscribers to introduce the game, in addition to promotion of the game on the websites of MGTO and CTM. Macau residents can send one text message to CTM through their mobile to vote for their favorite team after each night of display. The citizen who voted for the most popular team on that night is eligible for lucky draw to win two sets of reservoir stand tickets for the 57th Macau Grand Prix (Saturday and Sunday) and souvenir. The 5 teams who get the most SMS votes will be awarded with "The People's Choice" certificates and souvenirs. The voting result will not affect the jury's decision on the fireworks display contest.

Each participating team is requested again this year to complement their display with music to enthrall the audience with a light and sound spectacular. To enhance the enjoyment, the organizer will install sound systems 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. Spectators are able to listen to live music of the fireworks displays through Radio Macau's live broadcast at FM100.7.

In past years, world-renowned pyrotechnic companies have participated in the Macau International Fireworks Display Contest. The contest this year features teams from the United Kingdom, Chinese Taiwan, the Philippines, Australia, Portugal, Korea, Japan, France, Italy and China. Among which, teams from Korea, Italy and China make their Macau debut.

This year a number of teams who scored high in the past years revisit Macau to vie for the contest again. Tamaya Kitahara Fireworks Co. Ltd. from Japan won the championship in 2004, 2005 and 2009, as well as the second prize in 2008. Their unique technique to produce firework shells which are perfectly spherical is sure to gain the applause of the spectators again.

Platinum Fireworks, Inc. from the Philippines and Infinity Pyrotechnic from Australia will compete for a higher score in the contest this year. Platinum Fireworks was the second runner-up last year and Infinity Pyrotechnic who took part in 2008 edition will bring the spectators through a journey of light and sound with passionate music.

Established in 1996, Pyro 2000 Limited from the United Kingdom has participated in various fireworks displays and competitions around the world. The team staged a fireworks display for the closing ceremony of World Cup Cricket Final in 2007 and pocketed the second prize of the Macau International Fireworks Display Contest 10 years ago.

Wan Dar Fireworks Mfg. Co., Ltd. from Chinese Taiwan is a veteran in the Macau International Fireworks Display Contest as well as other international celebrations and competitions. It took part in this contest as early as 1989 and attained the third prize in 2008.

SAS Sodip Pyrotechnie from France, with a history of 60 decades, uses cutting edge technology to design and display fireworks patterns accompanied by classical or robust music. The team got the fourth prize in the contest in 2003.

Portuguese team Pirotecnia Lanhelas Lda, known as Gaspar Fernandes & Irmao Lda before 2008, joined the contest for three times and won the second prize in 1989.

This is the first time for both teams from Italy and China to take part in Macau's fireworks contest. Being one of the oldest fireworks company in Italy, Protecnica Morsani S.R.L. celebrates its 130 anniversary this year while Panda Fireworks Group Co. Ltd. staged the fireworks display to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of Macau SAR, took part in the firework extravaganza at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was the champion in Sweden's Stockholm International Pyromusical Competition.

Another new team, Woori Fireworks Inc. from Korea has taken part in domestic and international fireworks competitions, including the display at the Korea/Japan World Cup in 2002.

The 22nd Macau International Fireworks Display Contest will be held on 11, 18, 22, 25 September and 1 October 2010 at the sea area in front of the Macau Tower.

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