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DANANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION 2018

WHAT: DANANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION 2018
WHEN: 29TH APRIL 2018 – 30TH JUNE 2018
WHERE: DANANG, VIETNAM
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: PRICES RANGE FROM $8 (ABOUT £4.31) TO $100 (ABOUT £58.52)

This year marks the 10th running of the DIFC event which is one of the most fiercely competed for the award in the World firework calendar.

International firework competition in Danang 09 (3)

The theme this year is ‘The Legend of Bridges’ in a nod to the connections created, the socioeconomic and tourism increases and the joining together of once remote towns and districts.

The teams competing this year are as follows:

POLAND SUREX FIRMA RODZINNA

SWEDEN GOTEBORGS FYRVERKERIFABRIK

PORTUGAL LUSO PIROTECNIA

HONG KONG VULCAN FIREWORKS

VIETNAM TEAM DA NANG

USA ATLAS PYROVISION

ITALY MARTELLO SRL

FRANCE TAMAYA KITAHARA

The schedule for the events is as follows:

29th April 2018 VIETNAM AND PORTUGAL

26th May 2018 FRANCE AND USA

2nd June 2018 ITALY AND HONG KONG

9th June 2018 SWEDEN AND PORTUGAL

30th June 2018 CLOSING DISPLAY AND FINALE ROUND

Last year the winner of the event was Italy but having watched all the displays on offer, in my opinion, Pyrotex should have lifted the trophy but hey ho … maybe next time.

I am sure it is going to be an amazing schedule of pyrotechnics for all the family to enjoy.

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HERRENHAUSEN FIREWORK COMPETITION 2018

WHAT: HERRENHAUSEN FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHEN: VARIOUS DATES BETWEEN MAY AND SEPTEMBER 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: THE ROYAL GARDENS OF HERRENHAUSEN, HANNOVER, GERMANY
COST: VARIOUS – PLEASE REFER TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR TICKETING INFORMATION

This year marks the 28th International Firework Competition set in the stunning Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen. The event will feature representative World Class teams from around the globe who will battle it out for supremacy in the night skies over Germany.

The competition takes place between May and September annually and is acknowledged as one of the biggest and best in the firework event calendar.

The gardens were created by Sophia of Hanover who was also referred to as Sophia of the Palatinate who was oddly enough the grand-daughter of James I of England (James VI of Scotland) of Gunpowder Plot fame and her mother, Elizabeth, was the one the conspirators were plotting to kidnap once Parliament was destroyed to return the Kingdom to the Catholic faith.

As ‘Great Garden’ might suggest, it is a BIG garden covering an enormous 50 hectares of lawn, hedges, shrubberies and woodland. At the centre of the garden when it was created was Herrenhausen Palace but this was all but destroyed in bombing raids during World War 2.

Last year Surex of Poland lifted the award with an outstanding display which captured the hearts and minds of both the judging panel and the viewing public.

Blue firework

Competing this year are as follows:

FIREWORK PROFESSIONALS – NEW ZEALAND

This team has been in the business of creating beautiful pyrotechnic displays for more than 40 years. Suppliers of high impact and top-quality pyrotechnics in New Zealand and they are the only full time professional team in the area. They have been responsible for the fireworks for events like Disney on Ice and numerous concerts for some of the biggest names in music like AC/DC. They specialise in pyro-musicals and are passionate about utilising the local musical talent in their displays. I am looking forward to this one to see what they have to offer as we don’t see much from our antipodean neighbours.

SCARPATO PIROTECNIA – ITALY

Founded in the latter part of the 18th century, this family run firm is one of the original Italian Firework families and was the brainchild of Antonio Scarpato Sr. Today, six generations have continued to follow the originators ethos of quality, art, innovation, professional standards, customer service and adherence to the rules and regulations of the firework industry.

They have continued to thrill and enthral both young and old for over 230 years and I am sure that they will continue to do so for many more.

NORTH STAR FIREWORKS – NORWAY

Only founded in 2015 which is a newcomer in firework terms as North Star Fireworks but the four owners have taken part in some of the biggest events in Norway prior to the creation of the company including New Year and various domestic events both in New Zealand and the surrounding Pacific islands.

North Star Fireworks took part in their first competition in 2017 at Berlin’s Pyronale competition lifting the award ahead of teams from France and the European home of fireworks; Italy.

I have to say, having caught a look at the video of their competition display it was clean, accurate and very well balanced with amazing symmetry (which always gets my vote). Looking forward to checking this one our next Summer.

PYRO EVENTS TEAM – ROMANIA

This firework team was established in 2006 so again are a relatively ‘young’ team and like North Star Fireworks they won Pyronale in 2016 with a breath-taking display. The team bring the dynamism of youth and creativity to the display planning and implementation and are widely acknowledged as one of the most creative of all the international teams. I for one cannot wait to see their innovation in progress for the 2018 Herrenhausen display.

MACEDOS PIROTECNIA – PORTUGAL

Established in 1934 this is another family business who have continued to wow audiences for more than 80 years and their experience is clear.

The team are former Guinness World record holders for the most rockets launched in 8 minutes. They were also worthy winners of the Ignis Brunensis with a clean sweep of all the awards including the public and television awards and picking up 1st Prize overall. Absolutely smashed it! They also won in Monaco and over the years the shelf must be groaning under the strain of so much silverware. We are expecting great things from them.

Herrenhausen has it all – it is an all-around beautiful place with exceptional standards of fireworks – what more could you possibly want. We will let you know the dates and the firing order at a later point.

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PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL 2018

WHAT: PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION
WHEN: CONSEQUETIVE SATURDAY’S STARTING 17TH FEBRUARY 2018
WHERE: S M MALL OF ASIA, PASAY CITY, MANILLA, PHILIPPINES
COST: VARIES – CHECK WITH LOCAL INFORMATION FOR DETAILS

The international firework stage is once again set to compete for the beautiful Gold Jupiter award as teams come together to battle it out for the 9th PIPC at the SM Mall of Asia overlooking the stunning Bay.

In March this year, the team from the UK, Pyrotex Fireworx lifted the Gold Jupiter award for the second year running, with a beautiful display showing their talents for both choice of music selection and amazing choreography. The theme of their display was ‘tributes’ in a nod to some of the music greats we have lost in recent years with tracks from Prince, Michael Jackson, Queen and Whitney Houston much to the delight of the gathered crowds. The hang time of their horsetail effect pyro was astonishing – a well-deserved win.

The dates and firing teams are as follows:

17th FEBRUARY 2018 – PHILIPPINES PLATINUM FIREWORKS – SWITZERLAND SUGYP SA

24TH FEBRUARY 2018 – ROMANIA PYRO EVENTS – GERMANY STEFFES OLLIG FIREWORKS

3RD MARCH 2018 – AUSTRIA FIRE EVENTS – CANADA HANOS FIREWORKS

10TH MARCH 2018 – FRANCE PANDORA PYROTECHNIE – ITALY ALESSI FOUCHI ARTIFIALI

17TH MARCH 2018 – TAIWAN YUNG FENG FIREWORKS – UK PYROTEX FIREWORX

24TH MARCH 2018 – CHINA POLARIS FIREWORKS – PHILIPPINES PLATINUM FIREWORKS

Both the opening and closing displays are performed by local team Platinum Fireworks who fire to a live orchestra and singer. A brilliant competition which the UK has been fortunate enough to win on a number of occasions.

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