WHAT: ‘Cannes International Fireworks Festival 2014′ also known as the ‘Festival of Cannes Pyrotechnic Art’
WHERE: City of Cannes, France
VENUE: Bay of Cannes
WHEN: Wednesday 9th July, Monday 14th July, Monday 21st July, Tuesday 29th July, Thursday 7th August, Friday 15th August and Sunday 24th August 2014
2014 marks this year as a Champion of Champions event bringing together the previous winners to battle it out to become supreme champion and take away the Vestale d’or, one of the World’s most fiercely fought competitions.
The display teams competing have won either the ‘Vestale d’ argent’ and the ‘judges prize’ over the last three years.
WEDNESDAY 9TH JULY 2014 – 10:00PM
Firework Group Baku – Azerbaijan
MONDAY 14TH JULY 2014 – 10:00PM
Morsani Pirotecnia – ITALY
MONDAY 21ST JULY 2014 – 10:00PM
Zaragozana Pirotecnia – SPAIN
TUESDAY 29TH JULY 2014 – 10:00PM
Vaccalluzzo Pirotecnia – ITALY
THURSDAY 7TH AUGUST 2014 – 10:00PM
Pyragric – FRANCE
FRIDAY 15TH AUGUST 2014 – 10:00PM
Pyro Magic – HONG KONG
SUNDAY 24TH AUGUST 2014 – 10:00PM
Khan – RUSSIA
The festival itself offers the option of ‘to paint or make war’ encouraging those who are the masters of this particular art form to use the sky as a canvas and let their creativity know no bounds in their attempts to ‘out fire’ the competition with a huge firework display to beat the others.
Some of the biggest names in the fireworks industry have displayed in Cannes over the years, including Flash Barrandov of the Czech Republic, Weco Feuerwerk from Germany, Parente Fireworks of Italy and the brilliant Kimbolton Fireworks from the UK.
The festival has been running since 1967 and the Bay of Cannes has been synonymous with every aspect of fireworks from colour and sound to technicality and novelty effects. The selected teams are tasked with presenting a 25-minute showcase of the best of all fireworks, new and old favourites whilst adhering to the strict formats including the size and power of the products they are permitted to use and ensuring their choreography is spot on. The shows will be set up on the barges anchored approximately 400 metres off shore and well spaced to ensure that the best and most sky filling spectacular will be seen by all spectators.
The firework displays starts at approximately 10.00pm, our advice is to get there as early as possible and avoid the mad rush, in the past, crowds of 200,000 (YES, two hundred thousand) people have attended. For those of you that fancy something different, might want to view the display from a boat, out at sea.
We would of course like to wish everyone the best of luck in the competition and we will of course bring you news of the winner in early September.
The teaser video below is from last years amazing competition.
Here we have it folks. This is the ultimate guide to the Malta International Fireworks Festival 2014.
Below is the full programme for the fireworks festival, which draws an audience from all corners of the globe. We have start times for the different competing pyrotechnic teams, the best place to park your car during the firework displays, the best viewing areas and times for the winners presentation ceremony.
FULL PROGRAMME FOR THE MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2014
Friday 25th April 2014 -Marsaxlokk -International Pyromusical Competition
21:00 1 SteyrFire (Austria)
21:30 2 Brezac artifices (France)
22:00 3 Pyrotex Fireworx (United Kingdom)
22:30 4 St. Joseph Fireworks Factory (Zebbug, Malta)
22.45 End of Programme
Saturday 26th April 2014 -Bugibba - National Fireworks Competition
21:00 1 St. George’s Fireworks Factory (Luqa, Malta)
21:20 2 Banda Sant’Andrija Fireworks Factory (Qormi, Malta)
21:40 3 Santa Marija Fireworks Factory (Mgarr, Malta)
22:00 4 Banda l-Unjoni St. Andrew’s Fireworks Factory (Luqa, Malta)
22:30 Lieto Fireworks – closing display by 2013 winner Italy
23:00 Prize giving
23:00 Winners’ presentation ceremony in Bugibba Square
Wednesday 30th April 2014 - Valletta Grand Harbour
Barriera Wharf (Ta’ Liesse)
20:30 Start of Entertainment on Stage by Local Singers Bands
Cruise Liner Terminal (Viset)
21:00 Start of DJ set at Viset (incuding Pillu, Alvin & Luc Adamsa and JJoy)
23:40 SPECTACLE of VIDEO PROJECTION across the Grand Harbour Fort St Angelo Bighi and Senglea
00: 01 GRAND FIREWORKS DISPLAY (20 minutes) by PYROEMOTIONS Company of Italy.
00:20 DJ Set at (Cruise Liner Terminal (Viset) (Carl Bee, Ziggy, Clay C and international DJ Gareth Emery)
This is well cool – A quadcopter flying through a fireworks display.
Firstly, for those that don’t know what a Quadcopter is, here is the “Wiki Answer”. A quadcopter, also called a quadrotor helicopter or quadrotor, is a multirotor helicopter that is lifted and propelled by four rotors. Check out the example picture below.
Now, who remembers the guy who attached a camera to a rocket stick and filmed it from above?
Well, check out this awesome video below by DJI Phantom.
This crazy guy and his friends manage to fly the drone / quadcopter (with the aid of a GoPro camera) through the centre of the actual firework display without getting hit.
The results, a wicked video with some close-up action and slow motion firework breaks.
For those that are wondering about the music – ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’ by Arcade Fire.
Check out this related blog post – Radio Controlled Helicopter and Fireworks