To usher in the Year of the Dragon, Sands China has launched a series of free activities at the Iec Long Factory and Taipa Houses Museum – set to run throughout February. The festivities have been dubbed ‘Spring Festival in Full Bloom’.
At the Iec Long Firecracker Factory, visitors can enjoy live music, take Spring Festival-themed pictures at an AI photobooth, strike gongs to attract good fortune, and hang their hopes on a Wall of Wishes. Parent-child workshops focusing on Chinese culture and tradition are also set to take place at the heritage site.
Taipa Houses Museum meanwhile, has taken on more of a Valentine’s Day theme. It boasts a massive flower bouquet for couples to incorporate in romantic photographs, and is offering live jazz sessions on 13 and 14 February.
To make access to the village less congested with traffic, Rua Correia da Silva will be temporarily pedestrianised between 10 and 18 February, local media reported. The lane connects the former Iec Long Firecracker Factory to the Taipa Houses.
Spring Festival in Full Bloom is part of Sands China’s Community Revitalisation Series, a requirement of each gaming operator’s latest 10-year concession. It means they must develop non-gaming activities in areas such as culture, tourism and sports.
Last October, Sands announced revitalisation plans for the former Iec Long Firecracker Factory in Old Taipa Village, along with Pátio da Eterna Felicidade and Rua das Estalagens in Macao peninsula.