RESULTS FROM NEWBY HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS

Saturday 23rd July saw the skies over Ripon in North Yorkshire light up as three of the best professional firing companies in the UK go head to head to compete for the Firework Champions trophy.

First up – Impact Pyrotechnics Ltd from Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Impact Pyrotechnics – Newby Hall Firework Champions 2016 team 1 from Firework Champions on Vimeo.

Their tracks were:
Salute – Little Mix
Bond theme
Austin Powers theme
Hey Jude – The Beatles
We are the Champions = Queen

I simply loved all the sections as they were all very different. The team showed some clever timing and top class pyrotechnics. Very symmetrical, a greater variety of effects and beautiful choreography and the finale was just AWESOME.

Next to fire – Magic & Miracle Fireworks from Stapleford, Nottingham.

Newby Hall 2016 Firework Champions – Magic and Miracle Fireworks (Team 2) from Firework Champions on Vimeo.

Their tracks were:
Boom Clap – Charli XCX
Easy Love – Sigala
Mr Blue Sky – ELO
Theme from Pirates of the Caribbean

The colour combo’s in the Mr Blue Sky section were particularly bright and clean but during the transitions from track to track, there were a couple of lengthy dark sky moments.

The oranges and gold’s in the Pirate’s of the Caribbean segment were exquisite and the finale got a WOW. Awesome job peeps.

Final competitors were local display team Optimum Fireworks from Riddlesden, West Yorkshire.

Optimum Fireworks – Newby Hall Firework Champions 2016 team 3 from Firework Champions on Vimeo.

Their tracks were:
Running – Naughty Boy
No Place I’d rather be – Clean Bandit
Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
Express yourself – Labrinth
At least we stole the show – Kygo
Runaway (you & I) – Galantis

Loved the fast firing fanned pieces which looked like a revolving wheel on the floor and the colours were particularly bright. There was a really nice new effect but the video failed to pick it up – inverted crossover in the sky.

The winners were third to fire OPTIMUM FIREWORKS – well done to all the competitors.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend for the whole family, and live in the Leicestershire area, get along and show your support for the next Firework Champions events taking part at Stanford Hall on Saturday 30th July.

And below, the closing fireworks at Newby Hall 2016 by MLE Pyrotechnics.

Newby Hall 2016 – MLE Pyrotechnics – Closing display from Firework Champions on Vimeo.

SQUIBBING

Although I appreciate that November 5th is a couple of months away as yet, in our world it is never too early to start thinking about Bonfire Night.

Immediately following the assassination attempt on King James I on 5th November 1605, he decreed that everyone should henceforth ‘celebrate deliverance from the conspiracy by lighting a bonfire each year on the date of Guy Fawkes treachery … lest we should forget’.

Epic Fireworks - Standard Fireworks Guy Fawkes

There are a number of Bonfire societies who can trace their origins back to the early 17th century but none more so than the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival. The region was believed to be staunchly protestant (Church of England) which is probably the rational behind their dedication to ensuring that the practice of Bonfire lighting has continued. ‘Squibs’ were traditional, simple and straightforward to produce and looked like a candle but had a gerb/fountain effect but without the ‘shoots flaming balls’ effects. The squib was attached to a stout pole (like a brush stale) which is referred to as a Cosh and held aloft alongside other ‘squibbers’.

Old Standard Fireworks No Smoking Poster

The carnival is preceded at the beginning of October with a series of Carnival Concerts raising funds for the event and in support of local and national charities. There are processions and parades, street entertainment and food and drink concessions available and a huge ‘GUY’ is built and it is drawn through the town before being sat atop the Bonfire.

Today’s ‘Bridgwater Squibs’ are made today to a special formula by a leading manufacturer exclusively for the Bridgwater Carnival. Once they are all loaded into their respective ‘cosh’, at the end of the parade, the ‘squibbing display’ will take place on the High Street. Usually there are two rows of 150 people holding their squib’s aloft which once lit create a spectacular sight … which has been going on here for hundreds of years.

Old Benwell Firework Poster

The event aims to raise much needed funding for both local and national charitable organizations.

Entering its 410th year, long may the tradition continue, thanks to the dedicated support of the people of Bridgwater.

Standard Firework Posters

CANNES INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL

WHAT: CANNES INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2016
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: 14TH JULY 2016 – 24TH AUGUST 2016
WHERE: THE CROISETTE, CANNES, FRANCE
COST: FREE

This is the 48th running of the magnificent pyrotechnic art festivals which began back in 1967.

Who amongst the international masters of firework art will lift the coveted Silver Vestal d’ Argent or the Prix du Public (Audience Vote) this year. The Silver Vestale is competed for annually and then there is a champion of champions’ events once every four years to compete for the Gold Vestale. The Vestale is named after Vesta, the goddess of fire and Zeus’ sister and a fire was kept alight at all times by six virgin princesses who were called the ‘Vestales’.

‘To paint or make war’ were the options said to be available to the makers of gunpowder/black powder. Fortunately, whilst very brave and talented people, pyro-heads love fireworks; the colours, sounds and effects so expect the exotic and the remarkable.

Each display team is charged with creating a display lasting a minimum of 25 minutes before the 200,000 spectators packing the 400m seafront promenade. There are a few rules and regulations in place which ensure that all competitors are given the same opportunity to reach the pinnacle of their game.

The pyro is fired at sea from 3 barges which are positioned around 400m offshore and 180m away from the next nearest competing team’s set up and all effects must be aerial/aquatic.

One of the areas regarding this event which stands out for me is the organizers attention to ensuring that the Bay is kept in its usual pristine condition at all times. Immediately after the displays have been fired, a special boat goes and collects all the floating detritus and the following day a specialist team clears the seabed of any remaining waste.

Teams competing, the dates and themes are as follows:

Thursday 14th July 2016 – Pirotecnia Reyes (Mexico)
Theme: Mexico through its history

The company was established in 1910 by Don Manuel Reyes Rodriguez and in 1911, Manuel Reyes Solano left school at the tender age of 12 to join the family firework business and the company has continued in the care of the same family, through the generations, for over a century.

Thursday 21st July 2016 – Pyroemotions (Italy)
Theme: Life is Beautiful

Life is a gift – let’s fully appreciate it and the Italians believe that a good pyromusical show has the ability to connect the hearts, minds and souls of the massively diverse audience. This team has lifted and incredible number of awards and accolades, including Silver in Monaco in 2015, Gold at Pyronale (Berlin) in 2014 and Gold in Montreal in 2013 to name just a few.

Friday 29th July 2016 – Joho Pyro (Finland)
Theme: Conquering the rough Northern seas

The business was established in 2004 by Johan Hollande on a little island just off the coast of Finland. The theme is largely about the power and influence of the Northern seas on the coastline of Finland and its life giving energy. The seas around Finland are mainly the North, Baltic and Bering Sea’s. 40% of the country’s industry relates to the sea with shipping, fishing etc at the top of the list. The people of Finland, like their Nordic ancestry would suggest are connected to the sea ‘by the brine in their veins.

Sunday 7th August 2016 – Arteventia (France)
Theme: Abracadabra The music

The team was established in 2013 and whilst the company is still relatively young, they continue to gain experience.

Magic is both fascinating and scary and this show will take the audience into the world of abracadabra magic; dynamic, emotional and set to engage the spectators, with beautiful colours and effects and of course a magical soundtrack to boot.

Monday 15th August 2016 – Howard & Sons (Australia)
Theme: Pyrophoric Symphony

The word ‘pyrophoric’ comes from the Greek word for fire-bearing. This display will take the audience along on a special journey through beautiful symphonic pieces with pyrotechnics to create the perfect combination. Howard & Sons are the suppliers of the pyrotechnics to Disneyland and Disneyworld.

Wednesday 24th August 2016 – Flash Barrandov (Czech Republic)
Theme: Straight to the Heart

The company was established in 1994, as an independent company, having worked for a number of years as part of the fast growing film industry for SFX, armoury for film, snow and atmospheric effects. This team have taken Europe by storm over the last 10 years in particular with wins at some of the biggest firework competition events in Europe including Herrenhausen, Szczecin and Cannes. The company today runs the Ignis Brunensis competition in the beautiful Czech Republic.

The theme is the bringing together of music and fire creating a joyful duet to this music which covers all the emotions from love and romance to eroticism and sensitivity. The team aim to capture the hearts of their visitors and take them on a journey of discovery.

Good luck to all the competitors and we look forward to bringing you the result in due course.

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