CAI GUO-QIANG 2018

This contemporary artist has featured several times in our blogs over the years as he uses firework/gunpowder in almost all his art installations and projects.

This 60-year old Chinese artist has been wowing visitors to his exhibitions across the world with his unique and often touching stories and depictions he has brought into the limelight over the years.

This year his exhibition goes to the home of Renaissance Art – Florence where he will show pieces alongside the beautiful Primavera and the Birth of Venus by Boticelli – the man who is said to epitomise the Renaissance movement.

To celebrate the opening of Cai’s exhibit he launched a staggering 50,000 fireworks which represented a ‘City of Flowers in the Sky’.The artist’s work, including around 60 of his installations vary quite dramatically in size, giving visitors the opportunity to see the broad spectrum of huge work to igniting gunpowder on canvas and paper and other samples of this work.

The sound of rolling thunder with silver flashes of light and brightly coloured smoke filled the air. I for one have a special fascination for daytime fireworks which are rarely used and today feature mainly in advertising and special one off events.

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PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION 2019

WHAT: PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION 2019
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION
WHEN: FROM 16TH FEBRUARY 2019 – 23RD MARCH 2019
WHERE: SM MALL OF ASIA, SEASIDE BOULEVARD, BAY CITY, PASAY
COST: FREE FROM VARIOUS SPOTS AROUND THE VENUE BUT TICKETS INCLUDING DINNER ARE AVAILABLE

This magnificent event is purported to be one of the biggest and best in the international events in the pyrotechnic calendar and is supported by the team from Platinum Fireworks who are considered amongst pro firers as the nicest and most helpful set of people out there today.

Platinum Fireworks were previous winners of Globalfest in 2017 when they swept the board, picking up awards in all four categories and they picked up a prestigious second place at Pyromagic in Poland earlier this year been narrowly beaten into first by the UK’s Pyrotex Fireworx and more recently picked up the win in the 4th Wanzai International Firework Competition much to the absolute delight of everyone in the industry. In fact, we recently had visitors from China who commented about this so this team are widely acknowledged across the world.

The aim of the competition is to find who can put together the best show with the most incredible effects but still able to capture the emotions of the music being utilised.

The event runs every Saturday for 5 weeks and will include 2 shows per night over the stunning Manilla Bay.

The competition for 2019 looks like this:

• 16TH FEBRUARY 2019 PHILIPPINES PLATINUM FIREWORKS INC
FINLAND OY PYROMAN

• 23RD FEBRUARY 2019 ITALY MARTELLO S R L
BELGIUM C B F PYROTECHNICS

• 2ND MARCH 2019 GERMANY STEFFES OLLIG FEUERWERK
PORTUGAL PIROTECNIA MINHOTA

• 9TH MARCH 2019 CHINA POLARIS FIREWORKS
FRANCE BREZAC ARTIFICES

• 16TH MARCH 2019 POLAND SUREX FIRMA RODZINA
UK PYROTEX FIREWORX

• 23RD MARCH 2019 CANADA FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
PHILIPPINES PLATINUM FIREWORKS INC

This year celebrates 10 years of the ‘Brightest show on earth’ and long may it continue.

Here is a video from the winners Pyrotex Fireworx:

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FIREWORKS FOR HOGMANAY 2018

Annually, the City of Edinburgh holds a huge firework display over the stunning setting of Edinburgh Castle which coincides with the one in London.

Around Scotland, there are several full-on firework displays taking place for Hogmanay – here are a few of them:

ABERFELDY

This is one of the street parties with live music, lots of food, a licensed bar, and a stunning firework display.  The event takes place in the centre of the Square in Aberfeldy in the stunning Perthshire Highlands from 8pm onwards.  There will be plenty to see and do so just go along and whilst the event is completely free, donations are gratefully accepted.

INVERNESS

Red Hot Highland fling – this event will take place in the Northern Meeting Park Arena in Inverness on New Year’s Eve from around 8pm and is free but donations are gratefully accepted.  Hosted by comedian Craig Hill, the event is listed as one of the top ten Hogmanay events in Scotland.  NO ALCOHOL PERMITTED unless bought on site.  This is a fantastic display which starts at 8pm and continues until the wee small hours.  The fireworks truly are a spectacle as they burst over Inverness Cathedral at midnight.

Entertainment is brought to you by local musicians The Elephant Sessions (traditional Scottish music), Scooty and the Skyhooks (soul music) and Skerryvore (a mix of folk, traditional Scottish, rock and Americana).

STIRLING HOGMANAY

This event caters to both families and adults alike.  There are two shows on New Years Eve – the first is for families and as such includes some quieter fireworks AT 9.15PM and then the big shebang is at midnight when the sky will be full of beautiful effects over the stunning Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Institute, which also celebrates is 150th anniversary in 2019 so this will be bigger and better than last year.

There is entertainment and competition from Capital FM, live music, food concessions and you can even bring along your own alcohol.  The only stipulation is that you cannot bring glass into the venue.

There will be an onsite DJ to get the crowd fired up ready for the fireworks – DJ Fat (his name is Albanian and means Luck!).  The cost is £10 each and a £1 booking fee.  According to everyone who attended last year, it is worth every penny.

STONEHAVEN FIREBALLS CEREMONY

This is Stonehaven’s unique way of welcoming in the New Year.  This event attracts visitors from across the country and beyond to witness first hand the swinging ‘Fireballs’. These are wire mesh cages which are packed with cloth, newspapers and coal briquettes and then the cage is secured with wire and then a handle is affixed to enable the ‘swingers’ to do their thing.  The parade starts at the stroke of Midnight on the town clock and usually includes around 40 men and women who swing their fireballs around their heads before making their way down to Stonehaven Harbour where they swing the balls into the harbour at around 12.25am when the fireworks are launched from the road above the Harbour, indicating the end of the festivities.  However, the people of Stonehaven are known to be a happy crowd and usually keep the party going till the wee small hours and beyond.

So, if you are looking to welcome in the New Year in traditional Scottish fashion, get up there and see the spectacle for yourself.

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