PYRONALE 2016

WHAT: PYRONALE 2016
WHEN: 9TH & 10TH SEPTEMBER 2016 (DOORS OPEN 6.30PM)
WHERE: THE OLYMPIC STADIUM, MAYFIELD, BERLIN
WHY: FIREWORK COMPETITION

Summer 2016 the competition season is set to get under way once more for Berlin’s ‘primo’ firework competition: PYRONALE

The teams competing are as follows:

Friday 9th September 2016

FRANCE – ART EVENTIA
POLAND – SUPER POWER FAJERWERKI
BRAZIL – VISION SHOW GROUP

Saturday 10th September 2016

AUSTRIA – FIREEVENT – DIE FEUERWERKER
ROMANIA – PYRO EVENTS TEAM FIREWORK DESIGN
PORTUGAL – MACEDOS PIROTECNIA LDA

The teams fight it out during this two day international competition and the teams have to show their creativity, synchronicity and professionalism with a wide selection of colour and effect.

There are certain obligatory sections in the competition which all of the teams have to comply with. The first prerequisite is a 1 minute section without any musical accompaniment highlighting a single colour. This year, this will be BLUE-GREEN.

The second condition imposed is a four minute section choreographed to a set piece of music. This gives a good impression of the team’s capabilities.

Finally, it is then time for the freestyle section allowing them around 10-minutes of display closely choreographed to a 10 minute musical piece of their choosing. This really highlights the creativity of the teams.

The Jury, who will decide the overall winner is comprised of experts in the field of pyrotechnics and celebrities.

Last years winning team, representing Mexico, was Martarello Ramos Pirotecnia.

Pyronale

FESTA DEL REDENTORE 2016

WHAT: FESTA DEL REDENTORE 2016
WHEN: SATURDAY 16TH JULY 2016 – SUNDAY 17TH JULY 2016
WHERE: VENICE, ITALY
WHY: FIESTA FEATURING FIREWORKS

In the mid 16th century, Venice was besieged by yet another outbreak of the plague. The Bubonic Plague or Black Death took the lives of more than 50,000 Venetians between 1575 – 1576, which when you consider that the total population at the time was only 160,000, meant that 1 in 3 died of this dreadful disease which even to this day is classified as a bio-terrorist threat.

In 1576, the most serene Republic of Venice’s Senate agreed to erect a church to Christ as a plea for help. The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer (Il Redentore) was erected.

Festa del Redentore

By July 1577, the area was officially declared plague free and it was decided that in celebration of the deliverance from certain death, each year, there was to be a Fiesta and of course a church service. The Redentore is an authentic, age-old, Venetian event which is very close to the hearts of the people of Venice. On the Saturday, the evening before the service of thanks, at around 7pm, the 333 metre Ponte Votivo is opened up and the people go to the church for the Eucharist at around 7.30 and the blessing of the event and the people.

Festa del Redentore

There are boats and barges packed with people, which moor alongside each other to share the music, fun and laughter with large groups of family and friends. The vessels in the harbour are all richly decorated with pretty garlands, flowers and lights.

The beautiful pyrotechnics begin at around 10.00pm on St Marks Basin under the control of the fantastic Parente Fireworks. The fireworks are set up on 35 floating pontoons over a distance of around 600 metres in an unusual cross shape. The display lasts between 45 minutes – 1 hour as a general rule and afterwards, the younger contingent of the 100,000 people strong crowd of spectators go off to the Venice Lido where they await dawn and the sunrise.

It is another age old tradition, which like a number of other festivals has been around for many hundreds of years and will continue to amaze young and old alike for generations to come.

HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT 2016

WHAT: HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT 2016
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: ENGLISH BAY, VANCOUVER, CANADA
WHEN: SATURDAY 23RD JULY, WEDNESDAY 27TH JULY AND SATURDAY 30TH JULY 2016
COST: FREE. VIP SEATS ARE AVAILABLE FOR AN EXTRA FEE

First competed for in 1990, this year marks the 26th running of the event which pits the abilities of three of the top pyrotechnic teams from around the World. The organisers though do try to ensure that each year, at least one of the teams will be not have competed before adding that ‘unknown’ quality to proceedings.

The teams will be creating a 25 minute display, set and synchronised to music and will be judged by industry experts who will be marking against the following criteria:

SHOW SIZE – 10 POINTS
DESIGN AND ARTISTRY – 30 POINTS
SYNCHRONICITY – 20 POINTS
ORIGINALITY – 15 POINTS
QUALITY OF MUSIC SELECTION: 15 POINTS
QUALITY OF PYROTECHNICS – 10 POINTS

Competitors will lose points for flouting safety rules, any activities considered unprofessional and dangerous set up practices. The judges said ‘some teams are extremely flowing and magical whereas others are bombastic which is what makes role even more difficult’.

Saturday 23rd July 2016 – Royal Fireworks – Netherlands

Wednesday 27th July 2016 – Howard & Sons – Australia

Saturday 30th July 2016 – The Walt Disney Company – USA

The competition forms part of ‘Shorefest’ which is Vancouver’s largest community concert series. The event brings a staggering $37 million into the economy in tourism and hospitality alone.

On event days, there will be live music from 2pm daily and food and entertainment available to everyone. You can either watch the fireworks from the beach and surrounding area or one of the specialist areas set up.

The Keg Lounge, is closest to the music stage, a Steak House Bar and Grill which is the most popular area for VIP’s .

Sunset Beach will have fewer people about than the Beach at English Bay and you will be able to see just as well without tripping over people.

The winner of the competition will be announced on 31st July once all three teams have competed.

Social media reporting has of course gone wild since learning that the team from The Walt Disney Company were taking part. Of course, whilst Howard & Sons have previously competed here, the Netherlands and of course the Disney team have not so it should be quite something to behold. Royal Party, representing The Netherlands, were winners of the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition in 2015 so they are all in with a fighting chance.

We will of course bring you the latest news as it happens from the showground and will of course announce the winner at the beginning of August.

Honda Celebration of lights

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