The Da Nang International Fireworks Competition takes place on the 29th and 30th April 2013.
This year’s competitors are a truly ‘international’ selection and are from all corners of the World.
The competitors are:
Parente Fireworks A & C SNC (team Italy)
Centre of Fireworks – Khan (team Russia)
Tamaya Kitahara Fireworks Co. Ltd (team Japan)
Melrose Pyrotechnics Inc (team USA)
Team Da Nang (team Vietnam)
Parente Fireworks have been in the pyro business for over 100 years and their use of cutting-edge technology and beautifully crafted pieces help them to create something a little special. The team from Parente hold around 600 shows a year and were responsible for the fireworks for the World Cup.
Centre of Fireworks (Khan Fireworks) from Russia is next up. It all began for this company in 1993, so for the last 20 years they have been entertaining the masses with their spectacular musical pyro specialities, and have proven themselves many times in the competition arena as runners-up at the Cannes International Fireworks festival in 2011 and then another silver at the International Fireworks Festival from Zagreb in Croatia in the same year. Their work is truly brilliant and as one of the lesser known competitors, it adds that little extra dimension of mystery to this heavyweight of occasions.
Tamaya Kitahara Fireworks Co Ltd say that their success in choreographing some beautiful pyro to music does to the very latest in available technology. The team from Japan are no strangers to the international competition arena having come to a very close second place in the 2011 Macau International Fireworks display contest and achieved another runner-up place at the 2nd Philippines International Pyromusical Competition.
Founded in 1982, they employ 20 staff for office, sales and delivery duties and then around 100 display team specialists. Importing most of their products from Hunan Province in China they have a long and solid tradition with pyrotechnics. The team have massively improved their choreography and hopefully will be able to lay down the gauntlet at this competition.
Melrose Pyrotechnics Inc was established in the early 1900’s by the great-grandfather of the current owner Mike Cartolano, who emigrated from Italy to the USA to set up the business. Mike has been ‘at the helm’ for over 30 years and he is passionate about pyro and more importantly about safety. He has spearheaded the implementation of strict health and safety guidelines for the American firework industry and continues to strive to ensure that all the displays go off without a hitch.
The company has received many awards over the years and were most recently runners-up during the Jinshen Beach music fireworks festival. Acknowledged as firework providers for the Chicago White Sox they continue to work hard honing their craft. Back in 2010 they were the winners of the highly coveted Hanabi World Cup in Nagasaki, Japan.
Whoever wins, this competition is going to be fierce as all the competitors will bring their A-game in this battle to determine who is ‘the best of the best’.