RESULTS – DA NANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: DA NANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
WHERE: DA NANG, VIETNAM
WHEN: SUMMER 2018

Some of the best exponents of pyrotechnic art brought together to battle it out with bright and beautiful firework effects and colour again this year.

It has become one of the most visited areas in the World and each year the increase in arrivals in the Country has gone up 25% every year for the last 5 years and it shows no sign of slowing down thanks to its dramatic landscape, the friendliness and hospitality of its people, some of the best, cleanest and most beautiful beaches and of course the food is beautifully fresh.

The annual Da Nang International Firework Festival includes, of course, an international competition as well as other events including a food festival, dance competition and a street carnival and parade.

The teams this year hailed from Portugal, Hong Kong, USA, France, Poland, Sweden, Italy and of course local representatives from Vietnam.

The winner of the Firework Competition was the team from Martello SR Italy who once again lifted the trophy for the second year running with their theme ‘Legend of Bridges’.

In my opinion, the first couple of minutes of the Italian display was a little odd as it was all to come side and there was little choreography going on as the timing was well and truly shot and the symmetry off. However, once they gained some momentum, it was simply gorgeous and some of the big shells were outstanding in both effect and sheer magnitude. A poor start quickly became a stunning display – well done Martello SR.

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ENFIELD BALLOON FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: ENFIELD BALLOON FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL FOR ALL THE FAMILY
WHEN: 21ST AND 22ND JULY 2018
WHERE: ENFIELD TOWN PARK, ENFIELD, LONDON EN2 6HA
COST: £6 FOR ADULTS AND £4 FOR CHILDREN (CHILDREN UNDER 1 METRE FREE)

Are you looking for something fabulous to do? Get along to the amazing full day of entertainment on offer at this year’s Enfield Balloon Festival. This is a community event which brings together beautiful hot air balloons with stunt riding on motorbikes, medieval jousting and slithering reptiles so plenty of variety.

The event includes:
• KID ZONE
• HUGE FUNFAIR
• ARMY DISPLAY TEAM
• REPTILE TENTS
• DOG AGILITY SHOW
• THEMED CHARACTERS
• TRADE STALL
• LOCAL PRODUCE
• FOOD AND DRINK CONCESSIONS
• FIREWORK DISPLAY (SATURDAY ONLY)

This is just a fraction of what is on offer from the entertainment as there will be the Knights of Nottingham, a fantastic British Medieval Jousting display team; watch as the knights on their beautiful horses show their fighting prowess on the field of battle. This team of specialists are really entertaining and have featured in numerous film and TV appearances.

Stunt Monkey are a motorbike trials team who perform all over the UK. This motorcycle display team will thrill and amaze with comedic stunt riding – suitable for all ages.

Broke FMX are freestyle motor-cross specialists with motorbike stunts and Revolution Stunts with Dave Goodwin, stunt co-ordinator, who specialists in car crashes, precision driving and stunt parking.

The fireworks will take place at 10.30pm on Saturday but there will be a full schedule of events taking place throughout the weekend.

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FESTIVAL OF SAN GIOVANNI

WHAT: FESTIVAL OF SAN GIOVANNI (THE OLDEST LAKE COMO FESTIVAL)
WHEN: SATURDAY 23RD AND SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 2018
WHERE: ISOLA COMACINA, FLORANCE, ITALY
COST: FREE

If you are visiting Italy this Summer, make sure that you pay a visit to Isola Comacina to witness one of the oldest festivals celebrated in Florence Italy. The festival is held on the weekend closest to June 24th every year, and the community of Ossuccio hosts the local festival. Over the years, it has become more and more popular, not only with the locals but tourists that make that special trip not to miss out on any of the pyrotechnic action and festivities that take place.

Early on Saturday evening, families and friends get together for food and drink eagerly awaiting the evening to arrive for the fireworks display to begin. The main stage for the fireworks is Comacina Island, with Ossucio spread out directly in front. The surrounding slopes and mountains to the left and the right of the Island create a fantastic natural amphitheater so wherever you are you can sit back and take in the spectacular views and enjoy the show.

If you are brave enough (and your ears can take the noise) you can join many people on boats and steamers that make their way out on the water or in the Docklands to get up close and personal with the display. This also gives you fantastic 180-degree views of the land.

At around half past 10, the crowd gradually settles down leaving an eerie silence all around which is broken suddenly with the flashes, bangs and beautiful colours of the fireworks, echoing all around the area making the fireworks appear to be in surround sound.

Not only are the fireworks for entertainment and enjoyment but they also tell the story of Comacina Island, the emperor Frederick Redbeard and the wars that once devastated the strip of land and burnt it to the ground. Narrators tell the story of this beautiful place and the devastation reeked by the fire which destroyed the village and took so many lives along with fireworks choreographed to music giving the show an extra wow factor for all attending.

After the display, the whole of the island glows a ruby red colour to signify the fire that once destroyed the island, this alone is a one-off and exceptional sight to witness. After a short interval, the night air is again filled with noise as rounds of applause, cheers, horns of the steamers and boats are given as a way of showing appreciation to everyone that has been involved and taken part in the celebration.

On a Sunday the locals dress in traditional costumes and make their way to the hundreds of boats in the dock to make there way over to the island. Sunday is a holy day (most of the islanders are devout Catholics) the locals attend mass in the ruins of Sant’Eufemia Church on the island, before returning home and eating together again with family and friends to bring an end to the weekends’ celebrations.

This is a special one-off experience not to be missed so make sure that you book your place this summer and get in on the pyro musical action.

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