FLAMMENDE STERNE OSTFILDERN 2016

Last weekend saw three of the best professional teams from around the world battle it out at Flammende Sterne Ostfildern or Blazing Star Firework Competition.

The setting for this magical event is in the town of Ostfildern, a picturesque little town in Germany, just South of Stuttgart.

The competition started back in 2003 and continues to gain support from pyro lovers from around the world. It is a three day festival which attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually.

Competing this year were representatives from the Czech Republic, Portugal and China.

FLAMMENDE STERNE OSTFILDERN 2016

First up to fire on Friday 19th August was the team from Flash Barrandov representing the beautiful Czech Republic. Flash started out in the business originally in 1934 providing special effects to the growing European film industry and today, it remains the biggest film studio in Europe. They have supplied the SFX for blockbusters like The Bourne Identity, Mission Impossible, The Transporter and Casino Royale to name just a few.

Their music track list was entertaining and choreographed with the fireworks beautifully. The display was brilliantly done and the timing impressive. The notable pieces in this display to my mind were the strobing red chrysanthemums, the beautifully clear blue comets and some vivid purple crossettes which were gorgeous. The real crowd pleaser were the rainbow peonies and the beautiful willow bursts. Great effort team Flash Barrandov.

Next to display; Macedos Pirotecnia on Saturday 20th August were representing Portugal.

The opening sequence was gorgeous and the strobing shells were on another level entirely. Pinks, golds, greens; absolutely tremendous.

Sadly, as the display grew so did the amount of smoke. It did get to a point where the display was engulfed in a huge smoke cloud making it impossible to see the higher effects as they were completely obscured.

A great mix of tracks from the great rock and roll years and of course, no show would be complete without a smattering of ‘Queen!’

Shame about the smoke as it definitely impacted on everyone’s enjoyment but we will have to see what the results say.

FLAMMENDE STERNE OSTFILDERN 2016

Finally to fire; Hefung Fireworks on Sunday 21st August who were representing China.

Hefung Fireworks is one of the biggest manufacturers of fireworks in China.

Their display was nothing short of beautiful – absolutely incredible with some really pretty combinations and shell effects rarely seen in the UK. Really crisp, clean and clear effects and massive shells – notable a blue peony with a silver pistil centre, colour changing peonies. The timing and precision on the groundwork was in another league completely.

The winners were announced and we are delighted to confirm that Cindy and Davo representing Hefung Fireworks won first place. VERY WELL DONE.

FLAMMENDE STERNE OSTFILDERN 2016

ROUNDUP OF FIREWORK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

This weekend was the busiest in the firework calendar so far this year with events taking place in every corner of the globe.

Here in the UK, we kicked off proceedings with another fabulous Firework Champions events and this time at the majestic Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield. Competing on Saturday were PDC Fireworks from Peterborough who have won at previous F/C events at Capesthorne in 2014 and Belvoir Castle last year. Then, Blitz fireworks from Crewe, who have again won at Broughton Hall and Belvoir Castle and finally, Illusion Fireworks from Wallingford who won their first F/C event at their first attempt at Newby Hall last year.

The winners were BLITZ FIREWORKS from Crewe with a beautiful display. I did think that whilst the others were very good, they were incredibly smoky and Blitz was a little cleaner.

Then, there was the Battle Proms event at Castle Howard, York where they had a sky-full of fireworks for the rousing finale to Land of Hope and Glory; a brilliant end to a wonderful night of musical entertainment.

There was a huge event over the weekend in London’s East Ham under the stars at Central Park in London featuring live music and of course a huge fireworks finale on the Sunday.

Further afield, over on Canada there is Globalfest’s Trico Homes International Firework Festival and the Brazilian display was moved from the Thursday to the Friday due to a thunderstorm. This was just the start as Chile showed their wares to the World on Saturday. There are two more competing teams to take part on Tuesday and Thursday of this week which will be followed up by the Finale on Saturday 27th August by home display team Canada.

Finally, the third event in the Herrenhausen International Firework Competition over in Hanover, Germany. The competing teams from the Ukraine were firing – a stunning display with beautiful effects.

If you did get the chance to get along to any of the events, whether here or abroad, we would love to see any video or photographs you may have taken.

FEAST OF SAN LORENZO – CASTELL DE L’OLLA ALTEA

It’s a well acknowledged fact that the Spanish simply LURVE their pyrotechnics, and never more so than when celebrating one of more of their religious festivals.

The setting for the most recent event sending ripples all the way through the fireworks industry was held on Saturday evening (13th August). Crowds numbering upwards of 50,000 were gathered on the Passeo at Altea, ready to be thoroughly entertained by the fabulous professional team from Valencia; Ricardo Caballer Ricassa Pirotecnia.

The Summer Nights of Light event this year was a 30th anniversary of the running of the event and as such, was bigger than ever. They are thought to have spent in the region of €70,000.00 on the fireworks. The 23 minutes of fireworks were under the tutelage of the unstoppable Ricardo Caballer Ricasa Pirotecnia, local experts who have been providing excellent displays across the globe since 1881.

Held annually for the last 30 years, the display takes place on the beach in the beautiful picturesque town of Altea on the Costa Blanca. From perfect flower lined cobbled streets and quaint white-washed buildings, to superb eateries, it is a beautiful and peaceful place to sit and watch the world go by nestled in a little bay in Altea which has been named as the Cultural Capital of the Valencian region. Shops, craft galleries and bars on the seafront offering very inexpensive Tapas, this is the place to be.

The pounding cadence of the fireworks must have been absolutely astonishing. Check it out:

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