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How Do You Say Fireworks Around The World

Fireworks are loved around the World and each country has their own name for pyro.

From their humble beginnings in China to the HUGE displays that many have been fortunate enough to see today, there is little comparison to be had.
That said, I am sure that as far as excitement value is concerned, can you imagine what it was like for the hardworking people in ancient China and the reaction to explosives!

In the last few years we have seen more Guinness World Records broken than ever as the technical applications and firing systems improve and developments in the pyro industry in regards to shape creations moves forward there is a need to ‘show off’.

Over in Europe, where it is accepted that they added the colour and spectacle to fireworks by testing different chemicals, metals and salts they have used fireworks in the majority of religious celebrations for hundreds of years and still continue to do so today.

I believe that the one thing that separates us from the rest of Europe is not having the same religious festivals as we used to do. As a child, every Whitsuntide, my local town held a huge Gala with the usual floats, parades etc and they had fireworks and we all had our new summer clothes, coats and shoes to show off as the family got together at the local park to see the fireworks. However, over the years this tradition fell by the wayside and has never been replaced. In Spain, there is said to a fiesta every day of the Year either on the mainland or the numerous islands and they can turn ANY celebration into a massive excuse for a knees-up ‘wine-a-thon’ firework spectacular at the drop of a hint.

Over in Greece, Easter in Chios means firing rockets from one church tower to the other to try to hit the bell on the other side which is a tradition which harks back to the late thirteenth century.

Two of the biggest display fireworks manufacturing companies in the WORLD are in Europe, Vaccalluzzo and Caballer FX who are known for supplying high quality pyro with some of the best effects in the World today.

The translation for fireworks for each country is:

German: Feuerwerk
Dutch: Vuurwerk (Many thanks to Erik Jansen)
Spanish: Fuegos artificiales
French: Feu d’ artifice
Italian: Fuochi d’artificio
Portuguese: Fogos de artifício (also fogos)
Japanese: Hanabi (also enka)
Korean: Bulkok
Chinese: Yanhua (also huapao)
Indonesian: Petasan
Malayalam (Kerala, India): Vedikettu
Thai: Bangfai (also bongfai)
Malta: Tan-nar
Turkish: Havai fisek
Courtesy of Cynthia Meng from Liuyang, China – “Chinese people say “Hua pao” or “Yan Hua” or “Bao Zhu” for the fireworks and firecrackers! :)
Xie Xie Cynthia :)

If you have any others, let us know and we will add them to the list.

David Sena. The Firework Artist.

New York based artist extraordinaire David Sena, is not the first and certainly will not be the last to use fireworks in his art creations, but he is using them in a very different way. David states that he likes the kinetic energy behind the short burst of flame and explosive power in his firework drawings.

He graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and has continued in his unusual approach. As a very talented artist, tattooist and fine art specialist, his work is really good and cleverly uses a number of mediums to get his art across to the masses.

In his fire drawing he uses mainly jumping jacks (no longer available in the UK and today remembered only by those of us ‘of a certain age!’) and then once he has the burn he wants, he uses a rubber (eraser) and charcoal to create the finished product. Reaching for ever better impressions, he continues to play with multi dimensional 3D works.

When asked ‘why fireworks?’ he referred back to when he was a child and they fired any firecrackers or jumping jacks they invariably left scorch marks on the surface, whether it was wood, paper, concrete or dirt which in later life became the art form.

Check out the video which shows some of the artwork he has made.

The British Firework Championships 2014 Plymouth

The event began in 1997 at a group called TESA (The Events Services Association) after many years of discussion the feasibility of holding an annual fireworks competition which was to give competitors the opportunity to show off their respective talents.

After checking out all the suitable sites which could possibly house such an event, they settled on Plymouth Hoe as with its natural amphitheatre giving a panoramic viewing platform from the Port and Plymouth Sound for the beautiful fireworks.

Six teams are drawn annually to compete and every 6th year, they hold a ‘Champion of Champions’ event featuring the last ‘superchamp’ and the last 5 winners in an all out battle royal.

This year’s British Firework Championships event is over two nights, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th August and the following teams will take centre stage:

Tuesday 12th August 2014

• Shellscape
• Blitz Fireworks
• Northern Lights Fireworks

Wednesday 13th August 2014

• Pyro 1
• Reaction Fireworks
• MLE Pyrotechnics

All six of these teams are exceptional and are known nationally as experts in the field of display pyrotechnics so the crowds are in for a treat.

As well as the fireworks, there will be plenty of additional entertainment on offer:

• Funfair
• Attractions
• Rides
• Music supplied by Heart FM
• Food and drinks concessions

Good luck to all competitors and we will bring you the pictures and video as soon as it becomes available.

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