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Blackpool has hosted an International Fireworks Competition since 2007 and this Year’s displays have the promise to be nothing short of spectacular.
The event held in September each year, is timed to coincide with the turning on of the famous ‘Blackpool Illuminations’. Representatives from the four competing countries battle it out in the skies above Blackpool to be crowned International Fireworks Champion.
The teams are given the opportunity to set up massive firework displays designed by themselves which must be choreographed to music of their choice.
Competing teams this Year are representing Canada, France and Australia.
Friday 7th September 2012 - FAE Pyrotechnie inc - Canada
Founded in 1985 this pyrotechnics firm has received numerous awards and honours in the special events and major international competition. This imaginative team are responsible for some of Canada’s most breathtaking pyro-musical displays.
Friday 14th September 2012 – Brezac Artifices - France
Founded in 1964 specializing in making fireworks and staging pyro-musical shows - they have won awards from all over the World including first prizes in China, Singapore and Canada.
Friday 21st September 2012 - Howard & Sons Fireworks - Australia
Founded in 1922 they have been responsible for the fireworks for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 17th Commonwealth Games in 2006 and most major sporting events held in Australia - http://epicfireworks.com/blog/2012/06/howard-and-sons-pyrotechnics-documentary/
Friday 28th September 2012 Results – Results announcement and a non competing firework display by Kimbolton Fireworks – The company responsible for the breathtaking displays for the recent London 2012 Olympics opening ceremonies - http://epicfireworks.com/blog/2012/07/fireworks-light-the-sky-at-olympics-2012-opening-ceremony/
Although we are not represented in the competition this year, I am sure that the fireworks will be beautiful so if you have the opportunity to visit Blackpool and want to add that little something extra to your stay, this is a free event which I am sure you will not want to miss.
On the evening the local radio station will play music in the build up to the beautiful display between the North and Central Pier and can actually be viewed from any number of places along the Golden Mile.
WHAT: World Fireworks Championships Blackpool 2011
WHERE: Blackpool. Best viewing area is the North Promenade and Central Promenade
WHEN: Friday 9th September 2011, Friday 16th September 2011, Friday 23rd September 2011 and Friday 30th September 2011
WHAT TIME: Event opens at 7.30pm and the fireworks start at approximately 8.30pm
VisitBlackpool has announced the worlds best firework teams taking place in the world famous Fireworks Championships Blackpool 2011. Three countries will battle it out, and one team will be crowned the World Fireworks Champions of 2011.
The three competing teams for 2011 are:
A non competing firework company has also been selected, The UK’s Kimbolton Fireworks will close this amazing event.
So, here is the official programme for the World Fireworks Championships Blackpool 2011
Friday 9th September 2011 – GFA Pyro – Canada
Friday 16th September 2011 – Rohr – Germany
Friday 23rd September 2011 – Foti International – Australia
Friday 30th September 2011 – Kimbolton Fireworks – UK
Each competing team must design and fire their show to music and try to reflect their homeland. State of the art technology, the best quality fireworks, precision timing, and tons of hard work will be required to win the crowds and more so the very demanding judging panel.
The Epic Fireworks Opinion – A worthy event that must be seen at least once. Perfect for the family to see the very best firework display teams in action and a chance to see the other wonderful attractions that Black pool has to offer. If you do decide to go, have a great time
Once again the dark sky will be lit up for four weekends as Blackpool’s World Fireworks Championships is set to be a month long firework spectacular once more. Hooray.
Last year the event, which draws tens of thousands of people to the resort’s seafront, was reduced to a single weekend while regeneration work was carried out on the Promenade.
This year the Blackpool World Fireworks championships are again to be staged over four consecutive Fridays starting on September 9, with a fifth night in the pipeline if a sponsor can be found.
Head of VisitBlackpool Natalie Wyatt said: “We’re delighted this event is to be held over four Fridays and we are looking for a sponsor for a fifth Friday.
“It was only held over one weekend last year because of the work on the Promenade.
“However, we don’t know what cuts lie ahead for next year, so we are seeking a potential sponsorship deal.”
Claire Smith, president of hoteliers group StayBlackpool welcomed the move,
She said: “Illuminations Saturdays are easy to fill so having the fireworks on a Friday or a Sunday is great because it means people will stay an extra night”.
“And if we can get a fifth weekend, that will be even better”.
“They are a spectacular show and it is free and really draws people in”.
“The timing is also good in September when there can be a bit of a slow start to the Illuminations before the October half-term kicks in”.