Macau is home to 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and four of them will play host to performances by world renownded musicians during the 27th Macau International Music Festival, which will run from 2 October to 3 November 2013.
St Dominic's Church, which dates back to the 15th Century, will be one of the featured UNESCO performance venues. Others will include Dom Pedro V Theatre, which was built in 1860, Mandarin's House, which was home of 19th Chinese philosopher Zheng Guanying, and the 17th Century Mount Fortress.
Having attended performances in such historic sites while I was living in Macau many years ago, I would have to say that the historic ambiance of the venues can dramatically add to the enjoyment of the music.
But not all of the performance venues can boast of such historic pedigree. Performances will also be held at two of the city's most imposing modern venues, Macau Tower and the Macau Cultural Centre.
60th Annual Macau Grand Prix
Other major events to be held in Macau in fall 2013 include the 25th Macau International Display Contest – a fireworks competition running over four weekends from 14 September and 1 October – and the 60th Macau Grand Prix Diamond Jubilee Festival, which will kick off on 9 November.
Sixty years has special significence in Chinese culture as it marks the completion of the celestial cycle. So you can expect this year's Grand Prix to be grander than ever! No wonder it will extend for two full weeks for the first time.
I haven't been to the Macau Music Festival in years, and I haven't ever attended the Grand Prix. Perhaps it's time for me to pay a return visit to the former Portuguese enclave this fall!
Macau is a one hour's jetfoil ride from Hong Kong.