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WHAT: OFFICIAL AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS
WHERE: THE BANKS OF THE SWAN RIVER – PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
WHEN: 25th – 28th JANUARY 2018 – FIREWORKS 8PM THROUGHOUT EVENT
COST: FREE

2018 marks the 34 th annual event celebrations for the west coast city of Perth. The event which has now been running for a number of years is a superb family orientated event with everything to entertain the family, young and old alike.

The event incorporates cultural events, music, dance and art with beautiful food and fireworks – what more could you want.

Attended by in the region of 300,000 people from across the City and outskirts, as well as those who are visiting the area are in for a treat. Set along the huge Swan River (aboriginal name is Derbarl Yerrigan) which runs through the City of Perth and is home to a huge array of wildlife including bottle nose dolphin, shark and rays and the birdlife is rich with a massive range of parrots and cockatoo to name but a few.

Australian’s in today’s rich and varied social structure celebrate this wide diversity of their society together in this hugely varied landscape and give thanks for their beloved country.

Australia Day was first celebrated on the formation of New South Wales which took place in 1815 and it did not become an official holiday until 1994. Like our new year’s Queen’s Honours list,
Australia have an Australia Day honours list which recognizes the efforts, achievements and service of ordinary people as well as celebrities for their contribution to the socioeconomic advances in their own fields.

Australia Day fireworks

Whilst widely known today as Australia Day, it has been dubbed Anniversary Day, Foundation Day and ANA Day over the years.

Although you are able to bring your own picnic, it is illegal to consume alcohol in public in Australia. However, you are allowed to drink (within reason) in the designated ‘Picnic Zones which are positioned in Langley Park Reserve, Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens but you are limited to a 6 pack of beer/pre-mixed cocktails or 1 bottle of wine.

The fireworks take place nightly from 8.00 – 8.30pm and are supplied and fired by primo display company KC’s Fireworks Displays. The team do not appear to be on the competition circuit so little is known about their prowess but as the company has been supplying beautiful pyrotechnic displays for 30-years, they may know a thing or two about fireworks.

If you are in Perth, visiting family and friends or indeed holidaying, take advantage of the free event which receives Lotterywest funding (like our National Lottery charitable donations) in support of the local communities across Western Australia.

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NAR TAL-ART

WHAT: MALTA MECHANIZED GROUND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHEN: SATURDAY 14th APRIL 2018 (SETUP OF THE DISPLAY ON FRIDAY 13th APRIL 2018)
WHERE: THE GRANARIES, ST PUBLIUS SQUARE, FLORIANA, MALTA
WHY: MECHANICAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
COST: FREE :)

This year marks the 12th mechanized ground fireworks festival in sunny Malta which is an event organized by the Floriana Local Council.

Ground fireworks are a uniquely Maltese tradition which forms an important part of festa (fiesta) celebrations in Malta and Gozo.

2014 Nar tal-Art

The event begins on 13th April at 10.00am where you can see the set up in daylight so you can see first-hand the complex intricacies of these very special mechanized creations.

The displays actually take place on Saturday 14th April at 10.15pm and they are absolutely fascinating with contra-rotating mechanisms and others which move in and out using a huge number of gears and chains called Katina to wonderful effect.

Last year’s winning team was from St Michaels Firework Factory in Lija and the piece included dual wheels, 1800 drivers and it changed colour and shape constantly including the addition of screeches at the end. A very well deserved win for this incredible creation.

This event takes place in the midst of the Fireworks Festival in Malta which takes place from the 1 st to the 30 th April 2018 so you will be royally entertained if you can manage to schedule your holiday within these times – particularly for a pyrotechnician.

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SOUTHPORT BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

WHAT: 2018 BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIPS
WHERE: SOUTHPORT
VENUE: VICTORIA PARK
WHEN: 28th – 30th SEPTEMBER 2018 (THREE NIGHT EVENT)

I know that it is some time to go until we start thinking about Bonfire Night just yet but there is always time to check in what is to come for the following year, especially for those who live with pyro running through your veins.

The event brings together teams of professional display specialists in a battle to see who will be awarded the trophy for the best of the bunch.

Three nights of beautiful sky thrilling pyrotechnics over which they will fire an average of 10 tonnes of fireworks with a net explosive content of around 2 tonnes and the wiring of around 5 kilometres set up by 15 pyrotechnicians and associate assistants. The displays will have a wide range of effects including lasers, lancework and of course some ground and aerial effects set to thrill. Each team is tasked with creating a display lasting around 16-18 minutes perfectly choreographed to music.

The judging is carried out by professionals who have all served their time in the industry in both the display and planning and implementation stages so they know a thing or two about display
fireworks. In their ranks there have created displays for Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart and Queen so not too shabby.

The 2017 event was a ‘Champion of Champions’ event which was out of this world. The eventual winner, by just one point, was Sirotechnics, under the watchful eye of creator of the company, Simon Harding. The team were second to fire on the Saturday 29 th September 2017 and it was BANGING DOWN!! Yet, despite the dreadful weather conditions, the crowd got behind all the competitors. Sirotechnics display was awesome with absolute crisp and clear colours and the strobing titanium salutes were jaw-dropping. Every effect and a huge range of colour was packed into this display of pyrotechnic art and the pyro used was class itself with perfectly spherical shell breaks – a very well deserved if close win. The second place team, Allstar Fireworks really did start the evening off with a bang and really set the bar high but the winner was indeed cleaner, crisper and the choreography and musical interpretation was clean from both competitors but Simon always brings something that bit unusual to the table.

The seaside town of Southport is quite lovely with an ‘Olde Worlde’ charm about it that feels like some of it is a throwback to Victorian times. With the canopied boulevard on Lord Street which offers a certain gentile elegance lacking in some coastal resorts today, there is lots to do and see and of course eat and having tucked into more than one or two meals in some of the most beautiful dinky restaurants and café’s on offer personally you can be assured the food is superb.

You can take a stroll along Crosby Beach and see the world renowned 100 life sized statues created by artist Antony Gormley titled ‘Another Place’ which look out to see in silent anticipation.
Although, some have been ‘decorated’ with colourful clothes by and unknown artist (for want of a better word – lazy vandal would be more my choice of description) it is still worth a look.

Fix these dates in your calendar and get your tickets arranged but remember, the weather at the end of September can be lovely and conversely can be a horrid wet mess so be prepared.

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