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Scarlet Sails Fireworks 2019

WHAT: SCARLET SAILS 2019
WHY: FIREWORK EVENT
WHEN: 23RD JUNE 2019
WHERE: ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
COST: FREE

The Scarlet Sails event is also known as Alye Parusa and is one of the Summer’s most popular events in the City of St Petersburg.

The event started in the 1950s to mark the end of the scholastic year in Russia and is to celebrate the transition into adulthood.

Red Sails or Scarlet Sails is held on the banks of the River Neva and although it experienced a loss of popularity from 1979 to 2005, it has grown massively over the last couple of years into something which today attracts visitors from across the World.

Fireworks over the Neva

The ‘ship’ is the main symbol of the Scarlet Sails event and it is a Swedish Brig called The Kronor and was influenced by the book of the same name by the early 20th century novelist Alexander Grin who’s book was a tale of a young girl who is from a fishing family with limited prospects and holds dreams of being able to see the world one day. She is told by a wizard that a ship with beautiful red sails will come and take her to a better life. A nobleman’s son visits the fishing village and falls in love with her from a distance and she sails away to a better life.

The Scarlet Sails festival incorporates open-air theatrical and musical performances on outdoor stages in the centre of Palace Square in St Petersburg.

Waterfalls, comets, aerial and aquatic shells come together to create a stunning display for all to enjoy. Check out last year’s event:

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YOKOHAMA FIREWORK FESTIVAL

WHAT: YOKOHAMA SPARKLING TWILIGHT
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHEN: SATURDAY 14TH JULY TO SUNDAY 15TH JULY 2019 FROM 11:30AM TO 8:30PM
WHERE: YAMASHITA PARK, KANNAI, YOKOHAMA
COST: FREE ADMISSION

Spring in Japan has hanami or flower viewing, but the summertime is all about the Hanabi (fireworks or fire flowers), and this is the same for the sparkling twilight festival. It may not have the same funds as the likes of Tokyo and other big cities to spend on the displays, but this doesn’t mean that it will be less impressive.

Yokohama Fireworks

With a fantastic finale of music and fireworks, this is another festival for the pyro lovers out there. With a variety of colours, effects, animals, cartoon characters the display will knock your socks off. Another advantage of the shoreline area display is that you don’t have the high-rise buildings so there is plenty of sky as a canvas cover. Why not set up a picnic blanket and enjoy the incredible skylines created.

Along with the fireworks display, there are also plenty of special activities in-between for everyone to enjoy. Performances, demonstrations and the thing not to miss is the twilight parade. Make a full day of it as even the food is sorted with a pop-up seaside restaurant which features food from some of Yokohama’s oldest and best restaurants in Yamashita park.

The festival is still classed as a new summertime festival as it only began three years ago. Since the first one, it has grown year upon year and now is not only loved by the locals but has visitors from all over the world attend, now making it one of the most impressive displays around.

See below a snapshot of what is on offer over the two days.

  1. Sparkling fireworks – 3000 fireworks light up the summer sky – both days 7:30pm to 8pm
  2. Ship parade – a parade of ships offshore of Yamashita park – 2pm to 3:30pm
  3. Marine rescue demonstration – demonstration by Yokohama guard and Yokohama city fire department – both days 1pm to 1:40pm
  4. Twilight jewellery boat – ships decorated with lights illuminating the port of Yokohama – both days 6:50pm to 7:30pm, 8pm to 8:15pm.
  5. Sparkling parade – a parade of the mikoshi portable shrines from every district – Sunday 2pm to 4pm
  6. Sparkling Stage Live – various concerts and live performances will be held at Yamashita park – both days 3pm to 7pm.
  7. Seaside restaurant and bar – food and drink stalls from Yokohama’s oldest and best restaurants – both 11:30pm to 8:30pm
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GlobalFest Firework Festival 2019

WHAT: GLOBALFEST 2019
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHERE: ELLISTON PARK, CALGARY
WHEN: THURSDAY 15THE AUGUST 6PM TO SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST 11PM
COST: STANDARD TICKET $21 (£13) (NIGHT SPECIFIC)

The festival was implemented in 1994 when the Calgary Fireworks Festival Society was looking for a safe firework launching site.  After some time, they discovered Elliston Park and its lake which is the second largest lake in Calgary. After joining forces with the International Avenue Arts & Culture Centre plans were put forward for a joint festival in 2003. This is when the festival was born and audiences of almost 100,000 were entertained.

Today the festival is known for showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence with many competitors from all over the world invited to take part in this explosive event.

Growing year on year Globalfest now consists of several components

  • One world festival – up to 24 cultural pavilions including ethnic food stalls to experience cuisines from Caribbean, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India to name a few. In the evening there is a night market and also live music to entertain you before the fireworks.
  • International fireworks festival – 6 fantastic firework displays from up to 5 international teams.

To make the fireworks festival more unique than at any other festival the adjudicators set out the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the display,
  2. The originality of the artistic concept: the choice of music and staging
  3. Brilliance and richness of the colours used,
  4. 25% of the music used is native to the presenting country,
  5. Synchronization: the precision of the marriage between music, sound effects, and fireworks,
  6. Teams use of a compulsory piece: 2019 piece is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  7. The scope of the work,

With these rules in place, it ensures that every night is like a world premier never to be repeated. To add to this, you have the advantage of 2 shows for the price of one as the lake gives a perfect reflection of the action happening in the skies above.

Schedule of teams

Thursday 15th August – USA – Pyro Spectaculars by Souza

Saturday 17th August – Spain – Pirotechnia Zaragozana

Tuesday 20th August – China – Liuyang Jintan Fireworks

Thursday 22nd August – Canada – Archangel Fireworks Inc.

Saturday 24th August – Grand Finale – Sirius Fireworks (Montreal, Quebec)

The gates to gain entry will be open from 6pm and no other entry will be gained after 9:15pm so ensure that you arrive early to take in the smells, tastes, sights, and sounds that the festival has to offer before the fireworks begin

Check out the winning show from last year from the fantastic firers from Spain’s Zaragozana Pirotechnia:

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