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ROUND UP OF FIREWORK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

As Summer comes to a close and the leaves begin to fall, it is one of the best indicators that Bonfire Night is just around the corner. But, for some, firework season cannot come soon enough. So, for those of you desperate for a firework fix before BFN, here is a list of some of the events happening both here in the UK featuring fireworks and some overseas.

First up, is the penultimate competition in the Firework Champions events run by MLE Pyrotechnics for this season against the backdrop of the stunning Eastnor Castle with a deer park, arboretum and lake nestled in the Malvern Hills, it is a lovely place to spend an evening with the family. Competing are F1 Pyro who won the British Musical Firework Championships in 2015, Two Tigers Fireworks who have not competed for 10 years and finally, Flashpoint Fireworks who won previously at Eastnor Castle in 2009. Once the three teams have completed their display, the organisers, MLE, will take to the skies whilst the votes are cast and counted and finally, the winner will be announced.

Next up is one of the biggest individual competitions in the UK, taking part at Catton Hall is the Festival of Fireworks event; hosted by Jubilee Fireworks. Competing will be Slovenia based company Hamex Pyrotehnika, Alchemy Fireworks from Bedfordshire and Chichester based Selstar Fireworks. This event has been taking place since 2002. Once the three teams have completed their display, the organisers Jubilee Fireworks will show their expertise. Jubilee were recipients of the Gold Jupiter award in 2015 for their magnificent display at the Montreal Firework Festival which is one of the highest accolades in the industry.

Then we travel a little further North for the End of Summer BBQ and Firework event at The Priest House, Kings Mill, Donnington. There will be live music, delicious local food and of course fireworks. The event is on from 3pm – 8pm and the fee is payable on the gate.

The fireworks will be the finale for the event and they will be fired over the River Trent.

Finally, up in North Ayrshire, the Largs Viking Festival is taking place. The area is known for a battle which took place in the mid 13th century when King Alexander III beat off the Norse King Haakon who later died on the Orkney Isles. The event celebrates the Viking heritage, how they lived, the food they ate, the weapons and the clothing and jewellery of the time. The event is free and will be supported by local radio, street performers, aerobatic displays (including the Lancaster Bomber) and of course fireworks.

Internationally, there are a couple of events taking place. The first is over in Macao, a dependent territory of China. This International Firework event kicks off on 3rd September 2016 and will run until their National Day on 1st October 2016. First to compete on Saturday are teams from Thailand (Thailand Fireworks) and Portugal (Macedos Pirotecnia).

Finally, over in Hannover, Germany, the penultimate event takes place with the team representing Belgium, HC Pyrotechnics. This is held in the stunning Royal Gardens at Herrenhausen before a capacity crowd. HC Pyrotechnics had wins in competitions at Pyromagic in 2014 and Monaco in 2015 so they are indeed a force to be reckoned with.

Good luck to all the pro teams this weekend whether in competition or doing your ‘day job’. If you do get along to any functions with fireworks, let us have your pics and we’ll feature them on our website.

ROUNDUP OF FIREWORK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

This weekend was the busiest in the firework calendar so far this year with events taking place in every corner of the globe.

Here in the UK, we kicked off proceedings with another fabulous Firework Champions events and this time at the majestic Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield. Competing on Saturday were PDC Fireworks from Peterborough who have won at previous F/C events at Capesthorne in 2014 and Belvoir Castle last year. Then, Blitz fireworks from Crewe, who have again won at Broughton Hall and Belvoir Castle and finally, Illusion Fireworks from Wallingford who won their first F/C event at their first attempt at Newby Hall last year.

The winners were BLITZ FIREWORKS from Crewe with a beautiful display. I did think that whilst the others were very good, they were incredibly smoky and Blitz was a little cleaner.

Then, there was the Battle Proms event at Castle Howard, York where they had a sky-full of fireworks for the rousing finale to Land of Hope and Glory; a brilliant end to a wonderful night of musical entertainment.

There was a huge event over the weekend in London’s East Ham under the stars at Central Park in London featuring live music and of course a huge fireworks finale on the Sunday.

Further afield, over on Canada there is Globalfest’s Trico Homes International Firework Festival and the Brazilian display was moved from the Thursday to the Friday due to a thunderstorm. This was just the start as Chile showed their wares to the World on Saturday. There are two more competing teams to take part on Tuesday and Thursday of this week which will be followed up by the Finale on Saturday 27th August by home display team Canada.

Finally, the third event in the Herrenhausen International Firework Competition over in Hanover, Germany. The competing teams from the Ukraine were firing – a stunning display with beautiful effects.

If you did get the chance to get along to any of the events, whether here or abroad, we would love to see any video or photographs you may have taken.

USA FIREWORKS TO WELCOME THE CHINESE NEW YEAR

Overlooking the Hudson River at 12th Avenue, pier 84 in West Harlem sees thousands of well-wishers braving the wintry showers, and below zero temperatures, to witness the dazzling fireworks display to welcome in the Chinese New Year.

The Display themed “The Voice of Fantasy”, as fired by America’s family of fireworks; the Grucci’s, featured several barges packed with pyrotechnics with new ground breaking effects being incorporated into the show.

The music to accompany this beautiful display was specially written for the display by Chinese composer Tan Dun and tells the New Year story of celebration and conservation.

Chinatown in Manhattan is one of nine Districts of New York City where there are huge communities of Chinese living, making Manhattan one of the biggest Cantonese speaking neighbourhood’s outside China.