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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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SUMIDAGAWA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

WHAT: SUMIDAGAWA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHY: SUMIDAGAWA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL/ HANABI- TAIKAI FESTIVAL
WHEN: SATURDAY 28TH JULY 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
WHERE: BOTH SIDES OF THE SUMIDA RIVER
COST: FREE

This is the most famous fireworks event to be held in the capital of Japan and attracts well over one million locals and visitors to the area each year.

The original roots of the festival date back to 1732, when the display was held upstream of the bridge over Showa 36. It was held in remembrance of the horrific time and a major loss of life due to the plague that afflicted Edo.  The festival continued to run but in 1843, following a major fire, it could not be held at that site so the authorities agreed to move the display to the Sumida river with the addition of there been 2 launch sites so that more people could attend and enjoy the displays.

From the early days of the competition, it has always included two of the local fireworks manufacturers competing against each other for the biggest and best display. This competition still exists today even if the companies have changed slightly. You will still hear during the displays the locals shouting “Kagiya” or “Tamaya” as these were the two companies most popular firework manufacturers in Sumida during this time.

The themes for the fireworks displays are changed year upon year, with the 1st venue providing over 200 artsy type fireworks, whereas the 2nd venue offers more contemporary fireworks along with the star mine fireworks in their display.

Wherever you choose to watch these fantastic displays make sure that you arrive early as everywhere does become pretty crowded from early morning. Some buy tickets for the rooftop terraces that are dotted around the area whilst others try to find a spot anywhere to make sure they catch a glimpse of the fireworks even if it is with a restricted view.

The best place to get an up close and personal to the fireworks is on one of the bridges that cross the river.  Bear in mind that you will have to queue with thousands of others, all waiting their turn for the 5-minute full view of the superb display. Other spots where you can catch a glimpse of the displays are sections under the highway north of the venue near Tsutsumodon park and Dozohori park or under the highway between the venue near the east side of the river.

If you have a head for heights why not try something completely different and head over to the Tokyo sky tree an observation deck that is 450 meters from the ground where you can get some fantastic shots as you look down on the display.

The fireworks begin at the first venue at 7:00pm with the 2nd venue beginning at 7:30pm each display lasting 90 minutes undisturbed. The sky is brought to life with whistles, bangs and a kaleidoscope of colours as the 20,000 fireworks are fired into the air. In the event of displays not been carried out due to weather, the event will be moved to the Sunday.  Once finished everyone tries to make a quick exit so they can go back and finish the day setting off a few of their own fireworks and having mini displays along with enjoying time with family and friends.

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GLOBALFEST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: GLOBALFEST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION/FESTIVAL
WHERE: ELLISTON PARK, CALGARY, CANADA
DATES: 16TH – 25TH AUGUST 2018
COST: $20 BUT CHECK SITE FOR MORE DETAILS AS PRICES MAY VARY

The Calgary Fireworks Festival started in 2001 after a painstaking search for a suitable venue which was large enough to hold a firework competition both safely and with enough space for the spectators to enjoy and it has never looked back.

Get your 2018 GlobalFest tickets at all @firstcalgary, @chinookfinancial & Legacy Financial branches & locations now! General Admission – first 4 nights – $10 General Admission – Finale – $20 GlobalPass (all 5 nights) – $45 Prices do not include GST or online fees where applicable. Free admission for children 5 and under. All ticket sales final. No refunds or exchanges. These prices are available until May 26. For more festival information, visit www.globalfest.ca. Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival & Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival Thursday, August 16 – Ukraine Saturday, August 18 – Spain Tuesday, August 21 – Philippines Thursday, August 23 – China Saturday, August 25 – Finale #yyc #yycfestivals #globalfest #fireworks #summer2018 Photo cred: J&J Lawrence Photography – Nathalie Terekhova

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Today, the festival is an amalgamation of the firework festival with the cultural arts. Today, Globalfest brings in tens of thousands of visitors annually to see the myriad of cultural pavilions (there will be 20+ at the 2018 event) and experience great tasting delicacies from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Caribbean as well as local munchies so there is something for every taste.

There is live music, heritage dress and cultural music to be enjoyed around the event.

Of course, the fireworks are an intrinsic part of the proceedings and here are the teams firing and the dates they will be displaying:

UKRAINE – DANCE OF FIRE – 16TH AUGUST 2018
SPAIN – PYROTECNIA ZARAGOZANA – 18TH AUGUST 2018
PHILIPPINES – BLUE PEACOCK FIREWORKS – 21ST AUGUST 2018
CHINA – CHANGSHA MEITAI FIREWORKS – 23RD AUGUST 2018
MEXICO – SIRIUS PYROTECHNICS – 25TH AUGUST 2018

The displays will be judged by an appointed jury who will be basing their scores on the following;

1. The quality of the display
2. The originality of the artistic concept: the choice of music and staging
3. Brilliance and richness of 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. Team’s use of a compulsory piece: “The Planets – Mars, the Bringer of War” by Gutav Holst
7. The scope of the work

The doors will be open to gain entry from 6pm but there will be absolutely no admission after 9.15pm so ensure that you get there in plenty of time to get to your spot before the fireworks begin.

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