Back in Macau for the eighth consecutive year, MGM MACAU is hosting its signature annual event – “Oktoberfest Macau at MGM,” an 11-day celebration of authentic German culture and entertainment at The Vista II from October 13 to 23 this year. With the continued support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong, German Macau Business Association, and the Macao Government Tourist Office, MGM MACAU is proud to bring the exceptional festivity to locals and tourists, as one of the many diversified experiences that the resort offers. This year’s most unique element is the theme song specially composed by Högl Fun Band for MGM’s Oktoberfest named “Nei Hou, Macau!” (Hello, Macau!) as their way of greeting friends and fans of the annual beerfest.
The Opening Ceremony took place at 3pm on October 13. Guests of Honor in attendance were Mr. Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong; Mr. Kou Ming, Deputy Director-General of Economic Affairs Department of Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of Macao Government Tourism Office;Mr. Tony Un, Chairman of the German-Macau Business Association; Mr. Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, and Mr. John Shigley, Chief Operating Officer for Gaming of MGM.
Mr. Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong, said, “Experiencing MGM’s Oktoberfest is like stepping into the streets of Munich, in the comfort of Macau. The beer, live performances and general atmosphere are German to the core and we are consistently impressed by the authentic entertainment delivered by MGM.”
Mr. Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, shared his passion of bringing in cultural diversity to Macau through the MGM Oktoberfest. “We are incredibly proud to be the pioneer in bringing the authentic Oktoberfest to Macau, which we see a continuous growth in popularity year after year.” He continued, “Our continued success would not be possible without the overwhelming support of numerous governmental departments, supporting units, our sponsors, our hardworking teams and most importantly, our valued guests. MGM has a long history of bringing entertainment and cultures together, and we are delighted to see that this is very well received within our local community and guests.”
Theme Song Written by Germans Includes Cantonese Catch-phrases
This year’s MGM Oktoberfest is once again featuring remarkable performances by the Högl Fun Band, who have specially prepared a theme song titled “Nei Hou, Macau!” (Hello, Macau!) for the celebrated event, epitomizing the effortless blend of Western festivities transported to the East in Macau. The Band has written in a few Cantonese catch-phrases which they have learned in the past seven years when they performed at the Macau Oktoberfest.
“As the featured band at the Munich Oktoberfest for many years, we understand the heritage of Oktoberfest, and are dedicated to bringing in new elements to MGM’s Oktoberfest,” Michael Högl, the lead singer and band leader said. “This song captures the essence of our time spent in Macau in the past seven years, where we have met great and fun people, who have taught us Cantonese and the Chinese culture. This is the first time we have composed a song in Asian language, and this is a creative collaboration with MGM MACAU. We feel that this is the perfect way of saying ‘Happy to see you here again’ to all our friends at the Oktoberfest Macau, with whom we have grown to be so attached.”
Family Friendly Day-Time Oktoberfest Available
On top of the remarkable performances, Bavarian beer maids in dirndls are serving one of six official Munich Oktoberfest beer, Spaten, as well as other alcoholic and non-alcoholic brews and beverages for guests. The impressive tent, decked in traditional décor, houses carnival game booths, folk music and dance performances, and delectable German cuisine. This year, guests will enjoy Bavarian entertainment for brunch with the introduction of the first-ever Family Friendly Special Day Time Oktoberfest on October 22 from 11am to 3pm.