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VIRGIN MONEY FIREWORKS CONCERT UPDATE

Back in March we brought you news of the 2015 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert which is held annually at the end of the Edinburgh Summer Festival which is the perfect blend of classical music and choreographed firework bursts.

Taking part on the last Monday of the event which runs from 7th August to 31st August 2015 is a celebration of everything from Theatrical, Classical and Contemporary performances of music, dance and opera. It also includes vocalists from all manner of genre including jazz, choral, barbershop quartet, operatic from around the World.

Alongside the Edinburgh International Festival runs the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which has been running since 1947. Initially, a merry band of theatrical performers arrived uninvited at the EIF and were refused the opportunity to perform. But, being thespians, a little thing like permission was not about to stop them so they put on a show on the ‘fringe’ of the event and so the concept was born.

Today, whilst the EIF focuses mainly on classical works including all manner of music and dance the Fringe is effectively for everything in between. Comedy, drama, magic, circus, variety and traditional dance including ballet all form part of the entertainment on offer. Whilst the big names will be out in force at all other events this is for those yet to hit the big time and the variety is indeed rich and varied.

The fireworks are the responsibility of Pyrovision who have expertly organised this display for the last eight years and use a wide range of quieter fireworks which are high on effect and lower on noise so as not to detract from the beautiful strains of the music. They launch in the region of four tonnes of fireworks into the skies over the beautiful Edinburgh Castle lighting it up in every colour and hue.

Sure to be an exciting display and remember, even if you cannot get to the Princes Street area, there are still a number of great vantage points around the City to gain a good view of the fireworks.

If all else fails, ask a local!

Full information about all the events is available on the official Edinburgh International Festival website.

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VIKING BAY FIREWORKS EVENTS

WHAT: VIKING BAY FIREWORKS EVENTS
WHERE: VIKING BAY, BROADSTAIRS, KENT
WHEN:   WEDNESDAY 29th JULY, WEDNESDAY 19th AUGUST AND WEDNESDAY 26th AUGUST 2015
WHY: COMMUNITY EVENT AND FIREWORK DISPLAYS FROM THE BRILLIANT PHOENIX FIREWORKS
COST: FREE OF CHARGE
WHAT TIME: OPEN FROM 6.00PM AND FIREWORKS AT APPROXIMATELY 10.00PM

The beautiful County of Kent is known as the garden of England due to the abundance of fruit, hop and hazelnut farmers in the area. Historically, the area of Broadstairs was home to the artist J M W Turner, one of England’s greatest romantic landscape painter’s and was a summer retreat for Charles Dickens who wrote his most recognised work, David Copperfield whilst staying at Fort House which was later renamed Bleak House. The house is still used today as luxury accommodation and a delightful tea room serving cream teas and light lunches.

The town of Broadstairs has a beautiful blue flag sandy beach, seafront café’s and excellent quality local restaurants offering the best local delicacies the region has to offer as well as music and arts festivals and a cinema and community theatre to name but a few.

The Broadstairs firework events take place on July 29th, August 19th and August 26th this year and the event on the 19th takes place after the water gala. The water gala is an all day fun packed event from the teddy bears picnic first thing in the morning all the way through to the evening for the fabulous fireworks offered up by the extremely talented Phoenix Fireworks. They have won every accolade within the industry and were part of the team firing for the New Years Eve displays in London in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

All of the Summer events are free and other than the Water gala, they start at 6.00pm and the fireworks are generally going to be fired at around 10.00pm (weather permitting). Although fully funded by the local authorities with the support of businesses in the region, attendees are encouraged to donate generously towards future funding to keep the summer fireworks for years to come.

If you are visiting the region or happen to live locally, get along there to see the fireworks bursting over the beautiful bay.

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25TH INTERNATIONAL TARRAGONA FIREWORKS COMPETITION

WHAT: 25TH INTERNATIONAL TARRAGONA FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHEN: 1st – 4th JULY 2015
WHERE: PLATJA DEL MIRACLE, TARRAGONA, SPAIN
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
FIRING TIME: 10.30PM

This international competition has been a feature of the region since 1990. It has brought together some of the finest pyro-technicians from around the world to battle it out for supremacy in this competition.

The teams are chosen by the selector board from a number of applications received from across Europe. There is a massive list of criteria to meet in order to ensure that all teams are competing on a level playing field. The competitors are offered funding towards costs – competitors from within Spain are given €18,000 and outside the country €20,000. Not too shabby when you consider that first prize is a not inconsiderable €26,000.

The fireworks are a mixture of both aerial and aquatic and will last for no more than 18 minutes.

The companies firing are as follows:

Wednesday 1st July 2015 – Pirotecnia Zaragozana (Spain) – est. 1860 – Pyro to be fired: 482 kg

Thursday 2nd July 2015 – Pirotecnia Caballer Hermanos (Spain) – est. 1880 – Pyro to be fired: 878 kg

Friday 3rd July 2015 – Pyrotechnics Tomas of Benicarlo (Spain) – est. 1994 – Pyro to be fired: 1081 kg

Saturday 4th July 2015 – A.P.E. Parente Fireworks (Italy) – est. 1989 – Pyro to be fired: 898 kg

This event has been celebrated in the region since 1321 and continues to thrill the spectators as the fireworks are launched from the site over the promenade at the beach.

The Platja del Mirable beach overlooking the Mediterranean is one huge open air party for the event with gourmet food, fine wines and live music being played deep into the night.

Once the winner is selected by the team of 16 judges, the winner will receive the money, the Trophy and also the opportunity to fire the display at the Santa Tecla Festival.

Here is one of the 2013 displays to whet your appetite:

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