Posts Tagged ‘Pyrotechnics’
WHAT: The 5th Philippine International Pyro Musical Competition
WHEN: 15th February 2014 – 22nd March 2014
After the mince pies and the last of the turkey has been tucked away, the International Fireworks competitions get under way once again in the Philippines.
This year’s competition takes place between the 15th February and the 22nd March as the best of the best International Fireworks teams from around the world gather to bring home the crown for their country.
The schedule for this year is:
Saturday 15th February 2014
Platinum Fireworks Inc. – the host nation from the Philippines with their opening exhibition.
Howard and Sons Fireworks (Australia)
Saturday 22nd February 2014
Brunchu Pyro Experience (Spain)
Jubilee Fireworks (UK)
Saturday 1st March 2014
Brezac Artifices (France)
Tmaya Kitahara (Japan)
Saturday 8th March 2014
Liuyang New Year Fireworks (China)
Vulcan Europe (Germany)
Saturday 15th March 2014
Oy Pyroman Finland Ltd (Finland)
Royal Pyrotechnie (Canada)
Saturday 22nd March 2014
Atlas Pyrovision (USA)
Platinum Fireworks Inc. – Closing display by the host nation from the Philippines.
This competition is billed as one of the largest and fiercely fought events in the fireworks calendar. Whether this is true or not doesn’t detract from the fact that the competition within the industry is and remains and important part of the progression and honing of the art that is pyromusical.
We would of course like to wish Jubilee Fireworks the very best of luck on 22nd February and we will all be cheering you on from the UK.
Here is a previous blog post about the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition :)
WHAT: British Firework Championships 2014
WHERE: The Hoe, Plymouth
WHEN: Tuesday 12th August 2014 and Wednesday 13th August 2014
OPENING TIMES: To be confirmed
The details for next year’s British Fireworks Championships in 2014 have been released.
This years event will be bigger and better than ever according to organisers as the beautiful Plymouth Sound plays host to the best display companies in the UK.
Over the two days, Tuesday 12th August 2014 and Wednesday 13th August 2013 there will be not less than four tonnes of pyro going up into the night sky.
The event is great fun for all the family and not being over the weekend it involves anyone holidaying or staying in the area to see particularly when they have more than 200,000 people visiting the Hoe to see the next professional team to be crowned British Firework Champions.
The 2013 champions Star Fireworks were awarded Champion of Champions following the shocking weather in 2012 with gale force winds made it impossible to see the fireworks well and the decision was made to hold over the result and re-compete.
We will bring you the running order as soon as it is confirmed as I am sure this is going to be battle royal this time around.
Whilst it’s not ideal, some displays, particularly those for events like Bonfire Night where it is ticketed, must go on whether it is raining and blowing a gale or not.
There are certain measures that you can take to avoid damage to your fireworks though even if the only protection afforded to the gathered crowds is huddling around a mug of hot soup.
Our best advice is to first of all, buy some swing bin liners. The thin and cheap type are the best as they offer the best protection from the rain and you can readily light fireworks through the wrapper without having to remove them.
Pop your barrage into the bag, tie it securely and then gaffer tape it to a board (for stability) and you are ready to go. It would be best if you could do all this indoors whether that is a shed or some garage or another. Now if you are not expecting bad weather but are setting up in an area where it may have been damp, it is still in your best interests to make sure they are as protected as possible as we found last year when one of our customers set up on the beach long after the tide had gone out but the sand was still very wet resulting in damage to the fireworks.
In the case of rockets you should push the provided launch tube firmly into the ground until such time as it can bear the weight of a large rocket without falling over. Cover again with the cheap plastic bags and leave the fuse cover intact until firing time. I would add though that you should check to see if they can easily be removed beforehand so you can loosen them as in some cases they are glued into place and it could be difficult to do this in the dark later on.
The principal is the same whatever the firework – keep it dry and it will be beautiful and forget to do so and you will end up with potentially hundreds of pounds of soggy cardboard box!!
If you are needing any help or assistance with your display, whether it relates to firing order, space, weather proofing or what to buy to suit your crowd better, just give us a call and we will try to help.