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GLOBALFEST FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2015

WHAT: GLOBALFEST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2015
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL / COMPETITION
WHERE: ELLISTON PARK, CALGARY, CANADA
WHEN: 20th TO 29th AUGUST 2015

This annual event began in 1993 following the formation of The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society but the search for a suitable venue which could have the fireworks and still host the numbers of visitors anticipated.

The quest continued for 10 years and in 2003, the inaugural Globalfest International Fireworks Festival got underway much to the delight of the tens of thousands of spectators.

Today, the event is co-sponsored by Trico Homes and has continued to grow into one of the biggest events in the Calgary calendar.

The fireworks are set over the Lake at Elliston Park for the 2015 Champion of Champions event where world-class teams from around the World all compete to lift the trophy as they have all won here at least once.

The competitors are as follows:

CHINA – THURSDAY 20Tth AUGUST
PHILIPPINES – SATURDAY 22nd AUGUST
SPAIN – TUESDAY 25th AUGUST
USA – THURSDAY 27th AUGUST
CANADA ***FINALE*** SATURDAY 29th AUGUST

Adjudicators will be keeping their eyes peeled as each contestant wows the crowd with their own interpretation of what they feel is the best display. Judges will take into consideration when marking:

The quality of the display.
The scope of the work undertaken.
The richness and brightness and use of the colours.
Synchronisation of the music and fireworks.
Originality, choice of music & staging of the display.
25% of the music featured MUST originate from the firers own country.
Use of the compulsory piece (to be announced) all competitors will have to feature in the demonstration.

The strict guidelines the teams have to adhere to, makes this a unique event not seen anywhere else in the world. An added bonus at this event is the firing position which looks to mirror the display on to the lake below, doubling the beautiful scenes for the expectant spectators.

Along with the usual concessions, there are a number of things for the children to do including bouncy castle, trampolines, face painting and arts and crafts.

Tickets for the event start at $20 (Canadian) for one day’s access to the park, with tickets still available from $75 for admission to all the teams.

As yet the officials have not told us of which teams from the competing countries will take up the banner for their national pride, but we will let you know as soon as we do.

Not able to attend? Enjoy the finale from last year’s event at Globalfest 2014.

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MACAU INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS CONTEST

WHAT: MACAU INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY CONTEST
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHEN: 8th SEPTEMBER – 1st OCTOBER 2015
WHERE: MACAU TOWER – MACAU TOWER SHORE FRONT, MACAU, CHINA

This year sees the 27th Annual Macau International Display Contest getting bigger and better than ever. The event is to be held on 5 concurrent Saturday’s throughout September and into early October with representing teams from all over the World. The host nation attaches great importance to cultural heritage. In fact, the firecracker industry used to be one of the biggest businesses in Macau, and fireworks, being a significant element in Macau’s cultural heritage, also has a long history in Portugal.

Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, just west of Hong Kong and is best known for its casino’s and widespread gambling establishments. It is listed as THE most densely populated region of the World with almost 700,000 living in an area just 30.3km.

The region was originally a Portuguese colony between 1557 and 1999 when the region was handed back to China. In fact one of the most visited places on Macau are the ‘Ruins of St Paul’ which was originally the church of Mater Dei (Mother of God) and it was built-in the first part of the 17th century.

To celebrate this ‘colourful’ history and cultural inheritance, Macau started to stage the annual “Macau International Fireworks Display Contest” from 1989 to demonstrate the unique vibes of Macau when the magnificent fireworks light up Macau’s stunning scenery.

Now in its 27th year, the Macau Government Tourist Office subsidise teams 25% for fireworks materials and a further increase in funding for the transportation costs. This has been done to give a level playing field, ensuring that all teams are competing at the same level. The prize money is:

1st Prize $8000.00
2nd Prize $4000.00
3rd Prize $2500.00

In previous years, all pyrotechnic materials used for use by the overseas teams had to be stored in one container which limited some of the performances as opposed to the local and regional teams who were able to ‘bring along’ whatever they wanted. From here on in, the visiting teams can use two containers and the regional and local teams must comply with the same amount of pyro.

The rules of competition are clear that the teams must choreograph a firework display to music and the best example should give the impression of ‘dancing fireworks’ during their musical interpretation.

The annual event not only lights up the nights of Macau, but also the hearts of spectators. Local residents look forward to the marvellous fireworks displays that add a joyous atmosphere to holidays and festivals. The Contest has also become an annual characteristic of Macau. Many visitors specially choose this time of the year to come to Macau to enjoy an exotic and romantic holiday.

The Macau International Fireworks Display Contest has grown over the years into an internationally acclaimed event, one of the best of its kind and the local Tourist Office will continue to work towards advancing the event’s international status and reputation, with the vision to bring about the world’s most prominent international fireworks display.

For the remainder of the time, there is plenty to do away from the fireworks and the gambling most notably enjoying the Grand Prix Museum and the Macau Wine Museum – what more could you want: Wine, fireworks and Cars.

The teams and the itinerary are as follows

Tuesday 8th September 2015

21:00
Taiwan
Syyuan Fireworks Co Ltd

Sunday 13th September 2015

21:00
China
HunanJing Tai Fireworks Co Ltd

Sunday 20th September 2015

21:00
Korea
Daehan Fireworks Co

21:30
Poland
Surex Fireworks

22:00
Croatia
Mirnovec Pirotehnika

Sunday 27th September 2015

21:00
Portugal
Pyrofel Pirotecnia

21:30
Australia
Skylighter Fireworks

22:00
France
Sodip Pyrotechnie

Thursday 1st October 2015

21:00
Italy
La Tirrena Sas Di Vittorio

21:30
Spain
Pirotecnia Zaragozana SA

Amongst this year’s competitors are last year’s winners from China, Hunan Jingtai Fireworks Co Ltd and runners-up from Australia, Italy and Spain.

Multi Coloured #Fireworks

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Hampton Court Palace Fanfare and Fireworks

WHAT: HAMPTON COURT FANFARE & FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHY: HAMPTON COURT PALACE FESTIVAL 2015
WHEN: SATURDAY 13TH JUNE 2015
HOW MUCH: £45 – £70
WHAT TIME FOR FIREWORKS: THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL START 15 MINUTES AFTER THE CONCERT FINISHES
WHERE: HAMPTON COURT PALACE, LONDON, KT8 9AU

Hampton Court historically has had a slightly chequered past, being associated with murder, war and political intrigue. It was in this very place that King Henry VIII first learned of Catherine Howard’s sexual indiscretions, which ultimately lead to her losing her head. Some years later General Eisenhower (as he was before becoming President of the USA) planned the Normandy landings from Hampton Court.

In 1494 Giles Daubeney, who later in life became the Lord Chancellor, leased the manor house of Hampton Court with a view to “modernising” it, although Wikipedia lists the building as being erected in 1514 so there is some discrepancy there but we are working on the assumption that it takes some while to erect a building of that size but 20 years is a little on the long side.

Although the Tudors and the Stuarts lived on site, the current royal family, the Windsor’s have never actually lived there and in fact, the late Queen Victoria changed it to Grace and Favour apartments for those who had given great service to the Crown or country which includes some other royals too.

Today, it remains a beautiful historic building with lots of tales to tell but it also has a practical purpose as the home of the Royal school of needlework is based there, also Hampton court has featured in several Hollywood blockbusters the best known would be Pirates of the Caribbean: on stranger tides. These days, the Palace plays host to the glitterati of the music world.

The Hampton Court Festival was established in 1993 and has played host to Eric Clapton, Sir Tom Jones and Andrea Bocelli over the last few years. This year the line-up is just as impressive with Jools Holland, Paloma Faith, even comedy from Alan Davies and Paul Merton. Fans of Peter Andre will also have a chance to see and hear him as he blasts out his biggest hits (I can only think of one) so except to hear “Mysterious Girl”.

The big day for us would be Saturday 13th June as the Royal Philharmonic orchestra perform their rendition of “Fanfare and Fireworks”. Attendees usually number around 3,000 who view the display from the expansive East front gardens. Although camping in the grounds is not permitted there are a number of hostels and hotels in the area but places usually fill up quickly so best start looking into making a reservation sooner rather than later. Getting there is easy as there are many ways you could arrive there; even by boat!

Generally we have found that large annual firework displays of this nature do tend to get bigger every year as their popularity increases and hopefully this will be the case.

The concert will start at 8.30pm with no interval. The fireworks display will start 15 minutes after the concert finishes.

Programme – Conducted by Paul Bateman

ROSSINI – Overture: William Tell – Galop
MUSSORGSKY orch. Rimsky-Korsakov – Night on the Bare Mountain
TCHAIKOVSKY – Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers
OFFENBACH – Tales of Hoffman: Barcarolle
RPO BRASS QUINTET – Suite of Henry VIII Music, Carnival of the Animals
MOZART – Overture: The Marriage of Figaro
J. STRAUSS II – Roses from the South Waltz
SMETANA – Bartered Bride: Dance of the Comedians
DELIBES – Coppelia: Prelude and Mazurka
TCHAIKOVSKY – Swan Lake: Finale
DVORÁK – Slavonic Dance op.46, no.8
BRAHMS – Hungarian Dance No. 5
HANDEL – Music for the Royal Fireworks: Ouverture, La Paix, Minuet, La Rejouissance

In the meantime enjoy the spectacular display from last year.

Hampton Court Music Festival Fireworks 2014 from Blackbat on Vimeo.

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