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A ROUND-UP OF FIREWORKS EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

Well, there is quite a weekend of firework events in store with events up and down the Country to satisfy even the most ardent of pyro lovers.

Yesterday, it all kicked off on the West Coast with the first of the displays for the World Firework Championships in Blackpool with the professional team from Australia’s Skylighter Fireworks. They have competed all over the World including the PIPC in the Philippines so they are no stranger to the pressure of competition. Unfortunately, the event will only be stopped if the weather makes the event unsafe.

Friday 9th September was also the start of the brilliant Pyronale in Berlin. Every year, pro firing teams from across Europe come together in this huge two-day event held at the Berlin Olympic stadium. Tonight sees representatives from France, Poland and Brazil filling the skies and on 10th September, Austria, Romania and Portugal fire in competition and whilst the votes are being cast and counted, organisers Flash Art will be entertaining the spectators with a finale show.

Saturday Sep 10th the second night of competition in Macau in China, in which UK team Pyro 2000 take on the mighty SUGYP who represent Switzerland in the skies over Macau’s waterfront. The theme is Bond and the fireworks have to be choreographed to the music track.

September 10th also marks the last in the season of the mighty Firework Champion events. This last one is at the beautiful Ragley Hall in Alcester, Warwickshire. Fantastic evening out for all the family, grab your picnic, blankets and a bottle of fizz and get along to this fantastic event in which 3 teams will compete for the champions title and the finale is supplied by pyro big wigs MLE Pyrotechnics.

There will be fireworks for the start of the annual illuminations event in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. This event has been ongoing since 1897 making this the 119th year it has been entertaining people from all over the country.

Over to the East Coast on Saturday, for the annual Scarborough Goldwing Light Parade; a one day event that raises thousands for Scarborough RNLI Lifeboats. All of the decorated motorbikes are there to see during the day so you can have a closer look at the beautifully customised vehicles before they parade along the North and South promenades before a beautiful fireworks finale on the South Bay Beach.

Finally, another of the Sussex Bonfire society events takes place this weekend; Crowborough Bonfire and Carnival. This amazing event has been going on for more than 7 years and free to attend. There will be various stalls and activities as well as fund-raising events for local charities. In the evening, there will be a parade with a Bonfire along with fancy dress events for all to enjoy. Get along and show your support.

KNOKKE-HEIST FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2016 – THE RESULTS

The Knokke-Heist Firework festival is the oldest firework festival in Europe and one of the most prestigious awards available.  The event ran from the 17th August to the 25th August and featured professional firing teams from Italy, Philippines, Croatia and of course the UK.

First up, Lieto from Italy;  The track selection for the initial part of the display was Italian Opera which suited the firework effects perfectly before changing to the haunting track Only Time by Enya which added a hypnotic melody with some absolutely perfectly shells and glittering gold horse tails.  Then the track went onto an upbeat Volare which suited the remaining pyro beautifully.

Not as clean and precise as we have come to expect from Italy but there was absolutely no doubting the quality of the perfectly spherical blue peony shells.  Good effort.

Next to fire, Platinum Fireworks from the Philippines.  The track selections were random by any stretch of the imagination from In the Flesh from Pink Floyd to I’ve got the music in me from Kiki Dee but the opening sequence to Robbie William’s Let Me Entertain You was awesome.  There were some beautiful crossing rainbow comets and nice butterfly and jellyfish shells but they appeared a little out of time with the track.  Really nice but not in my opinion strong enough to beat the mighty Mirnovec or Pyrotex but we would have to wait a little longer to see the outcome.

Penultimate competitors from Croatia were the pro team from Mirnovec Pirotehnika.  Their opening track was the Grease Megamix which was really entertaining but there was a tube on the left which was clearly firing the wrong way and after that section, there appeared to be an incredibly long delay to the second track.  However, once the ABBA section got under way with the track SOS, it was delightful to see the S O S being spelt out in blue.  The fast firing rainbow coloured crossing comets was lovely too.  The finale; a sky full of huge willow breaks brought an end to a brilliant show which was clearly well supported by the crowd.

Final competitors; Pyrotex Fireworx from the UK; Now they are having a brilliant couple of years and are in the process of filling up their trophy cabinet in earnest.  They have already lifted the first place in the Italian Dancing Fireworks Festival and of course, the mega win at the PIPC this year so they were already on a high.

Another absolutely outstanding display from Pyrotex with a really clever track list; the display truly was a lesson in precision with some of the tightest firing I have ever seen.  The pyro and the music took the audience through an emotional journey and it was mesmerising with a symmetry second to none.  The whole of the show was astonishing and brought me close to tears it was so good.  Their groundwork is on another level and every conceivable shape was precise and timed to perfection and I particularly liked the rainbow coloured section with the rainbow peony bursts above.  Beautiful throughout.

The finale display was put on by organisers H C Pyrotechnics who again had a lovely variety of colours and effects and they were really clean.  The shape shells were gorgeous but some of the latter products in the display looked a little washed out.

THE WINNERS – PYROTEX FIREWORX – GB

1. Pyrotex Fireworx (U.K.)
2. Mirnovec Pirotehnika (Croatia)
3. Platinum Fireworks (Philippines)
4. Lieto Fireworks (Italy)

Knokke-Heist 2016 : Closing Fireworks

Macao International Fireworks Display

WHAT: MACAO INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY CONTEST 2016
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: 3RD SEPTEMBER – 1ST OCTOBER 2016
WHERE: MACAO TOWER SHOREFRONT
COST: FREE

Over the years more than 100 professional international display teams have taken part in this amazing competition. The area is packed with those enjoying a luxury holiday and the fireworks can be viewed from numerous vantage points including the promenade, the Macao Tower and Taipa Island.

The competitors will all adhere to a theme as follows:

3RD SEPTEMBER 2016 – THEME PYRO FANTASIA

21:00 Thailand Fireworks THAILAND
21.40 Macedos Pirotecnia PORTUGAL

10TH SEPTEMBER 2016 – TRIBUTE TO BOND

21:00 Pyro 2000 UK
21.40 SUGYP SA SWITZERLAND

15TH SEPTEMBER 2016 – MID AUTUMN HARMONY

21:00 Marutamaya Ogatsu JAPAN
21.40 Daehan Fireworks Co KOREA

24TH SEPTEMBER 2016 – STARS FROM AFAR

21:00 Orzella Fireworks ITALY
21:40 Feu D Artifices Orion CANADA

1ST OCTOBER 2016 – CELEBRATION IN THE SKY

21:00 Pyro-technic Transilvania CHINA
21.40 Hunan Jingta Fireworks CHINA

The event ends on 1st October which is China’s National day so the final days events will be particularly important as both teams competing hail from China so it is certain to be a huge event.

The display from the team representing GB are the display arm of Black Cat Fireworks UK concentrates on the Bond Theme which they have perfected so we are really looking forward to seeing what has been changed for the new competition.

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