Winners of Asia's richest Jazz & Blues contest announced as three-day extravaganza comes to a close
(Macao, May 28, 2012) - The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel celebrated the successful final day of The Venetian Carnival 2012 Sunday night and announced the winners of Asia's richest Jazz & Blues contest. In a performance showdown over the three-day event, the winning bands took away an impressive cash prize from a pool of HK$500,000. Supported by the Macau Government Tourist Office, The Venetian Carnival is Macao's definitive entertainment event and includes three days of festivities, food, the Jazz & Blues contest, as well as a Charity Ball. The carnival saw visitation numbers reach approximately 50,000 over the three days.
The New Orleans Mardi Gras-themed carnival, on the transformed grounds around Campanile Tower and the Lagoon, saw excited crowds descend upon the main stage to experience an array of unrivalled musical talent from budding international artists and music enthusiasts. Whilst carnival style booths served delicious international cuisine, treetmosphere™ and inspired performers mingled through the crowds to the delight of children and adults alike. A parade, complete with brass band and dancers made its way through The Venetian Macao, kick-starting the Carnival each night. The distinguished panel of judges announced The Main Squeeze from Indiana, USA as the winner of the first place HK$250,000 cash prize. The Red Groove Project from Shanghai, China took second place and its HK$150,000 prize, while SPOKE from New York, USA took home a sizable HK$100,000 for third place. Hong Kong icon Michael Wong sat alongside Mr. Matt Coyte, Editor-in-Chief of Rolling Stone Australia magazine, and Ms. Vonzell Solomon, American Idol top-three finalist, to watch the 12 hopeful bands perform in 30-minute sets for visitors. Contestants were judged on their skill, style and overall performance.
Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sands China Ltd. said, "The Venetian Carnival is an awesome mix of jazz and blues, great food and drink, bead throwing, partying, and more. This signature event is a great example of our commitment to the diversification of Macao by bringing international megaevents to the city. It's also a testament to Sands China's firm commitment to the Macao community - a community which we are incredibly proud to be a part of. The Venetian Carnival has proved a huge success and we will continue to strive to lead the way in bringing the Cotai Strip® to life." A live George Benson concert was part of the entertainment line-up of the three-day extravaganza, with Benson making a special appearance at Friday night's opening ceremony before performing at his Macao debut at the luxury Venetian Theatre.
The culmination of the festivities also featured a Mardi Gras Costume Charity Ball, with over 100 tables set up at the Venetian Ballroom, seated with more than 1,000 guests, including Macao government officials, celebrities, business partners and community initiative supporters, in their own unique and fabulous Mardi Gras costume or in black tie. The money donated to the Macau Ecological Society was raised through a charity auction and a raffle draw, as well as Sands China's donation of ten per cent of table sales. To maximise the fundraising potential of the event, Sands China Ltd. also matched dollar-for-dollar all funds raised at the Charity Ball.
Photo caption: The Venetian Carnival closing ceremony crowns the winners of Asia's richest Jazz & Blues contest, who have split a cash prize pool of HK$500,000. Brendon Elliott, Vice President of Sales and Resort Marketing, Venetian Macau Limited presents a ceremonial cheque to the first place winner, The Main Squeeze from Indiana, USA, Sunday night.
Photo caption: Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sands China Ltd., is joined by U.S. guitar legend George Benson to officiate the opening ceremony of The Venetian Carnival Friday.
Photo caption: A bustling crowd enjoys the festivities of the Venetian Carnival over the weekend
Photo caption: The Venetian Carnival Parade makes its way through the main lobby of The Venetian Macao to Campanile Tower Friday.
Photo caption: Over 1,000 guests joined The Venetian Carnival Mardi Gras Costume Charity Ball at The Venetian Macao Saturday night, where they enjoyed fantastic entertainment, delicious food, free-flowing wine and the colourful and vibrant atmosphere of New Orleans Mardi Gras. The Charity Ball proceeds benefit the Macau Ecological Society, who will use the funds raised to establish the Sands China Green Fund.
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The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat CotaiArena™ designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; MALO CLINIC Health & Wellness; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at The Grand Canal Shoppes. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.