This year’s International Firework Competition saw the finale take place on Saturday 6th July and it left JoHo Pyro from Finland taking on the UK’s representatives, the mighty Pyrotex Fireworx head to head in the skies over Danang.
After a month of competition taking place every Saturday throughout June, the finale was certainly going to thrill the huge number of visitors to the region. Through the competition, there were 7.6 million visitors of which almost 3 million were from overseas.
Pyrotex Fireworx from the UK were first up to fire on Saturday night into a beautifully clear sky. Their choices of material were as always very symmetrical. Not a fan of dragon eggs (I feel it kills off everything else in the sky at the same time) but that said they were nicely placed.
The musical accompaniment certainly hit the mark when it came to the theme running through the competition ‘Stories by the Rivers’ by clearly reflecting the beauty, colour and history of the importance of the waterways through the UK.
The triple break shells were exceptional but some of the ground effects appeared to have a split-second timing issue on the right-hand side. The display was truly beautiful throughout and the stunning finale featured more of the super bright titanium flashes which the crowds certainly appreciated.
Next to fire, JoHo Pyro from Finland. This team were competing in DIFF for the very first time and were naturally thrilled to reach the final. The opening was a little slow in my opinion but once the sky and ground were filled, it was stunning. Huge triple break shells, golden fanned ground effects and strobing titanium silver and green effects hung in the air for an age. Spirals, crossettes, and some gorgeous blue and white fish filled the skies over the Han River. An astonishingly good display with a great use of pyro and the choreography was amazing. The team told the story of sailors attempting to ‘Conquer the Seas’ and they used more than 10,000 pieces for their 20-minute display.
The overall winners were Joho Pyro from Finland who were judged to have put on an ‘Elegant’ show. Congratulations to both teams for beating off some of the best pyrotechnicians in the world to reach the final.
WHAT: DANANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION 2019 WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROTECHNIC COMPETITION WHEN: 1ST JUNE – 6TH JULY 2019 WHERE: DANANG, VIETNAM COST: VARIES – CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Danang City in association with Sun Group bring you the best of the best professional firework display teams from around the World in this spectacular event.
The Danang International Firework Competition was established in 2008 and became a bi-annual event in 2011 due to financial constraints but as of last year, the funding is in place to allow it to be a yearly one once again.
The event draws in HUGE crowds from across Vietnam and the rest of the World to watch the best of the best representing each country in DIFC which is one of the hardest fought in the international event calendar.
The 2019 event welcomes back Italy who were very worthy winners last year but this time around, they will be represented by the fantastic display team from Parente Firework Group.
Here are the dates for your diary and who is firing:
1ST JUNE 2019
DANANG FIREWORK GROUP – VIETNAM
FIREWORK CENTRE KHAN – RUSSIA
8TH JUNE 2019
NEWS FIREWORKS DO BRASIL – BRAZIL
H C PYROTECHNICS – BELGIUM
15TH JUNE 2019
PARENTE FIREWORK GROUP – ITALY
JOHO PYRO FIREWORKS AB – FINLAND
22ND JUNE 2019
HUNAN JINGTAI FIREWORKS – CHINA
PYROTEX FIREWORX LTD – UK
This year’s theme is ‘Stories of the Rivers’ and given that Pyrotex Fireworx have already won PIPC and Courcheval this year, we have our fingers crossed that they can do the hattrick at the DIFC this year.
Good luck to all the competitors taking part and we will bring you more information about the competition as it goes along.
WHAT: DA NANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018 WHY: INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION WHERE: DA NANG, VIETNAM WHEN: SUMMER 2018
Some of the best exponents of pyrotechnic art brought together to battle it out with bright and beautiful firework effects and colour again this year.
It has become one of the most visited areas in the World and each year the increase in arrivals in the Country has gone up 25% every year for the last 5 years and it shows no sign of slowing down thanks to its dramatic landscape, the friendliness and hospitality of its people, some of the best, cleanest and most beautiful beaches and of course the food is beautifully fresh.
The teams this year hailed from Portugal, Hong Kong, USA, France, Poland, Sweden, Italy and of course local representatives from Vietnam.
The winner of the Firework Competition was the team from Martello SR Italy who once again lifted the trophy for the second year running with their theme ‘Legend of Bridges’.
In my opinion, the first couple of minutes of the Italian display was a little odd as it was all to come side and there was little choreography going on as the timing was well and truly shot and the symmetry off. However, once they gained some momentum, it was simply gorgeous and some of the big shells were outstanding in both effect and sheer magnitude. A poor start quickly became a stunning display – well done Martello SR.