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GLOBALFEST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: GLOBALFEST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION/FESTIVAL
WHERE: ELLISTON PARK, CALGARY, CANADA
DATES: 16TH – 25TH AUGUST 2018
COST: $20 BUT CHECK SITE FOR MORE DETAILS AS PRICES MAY VARY

The Calgary Fireworks Festival started in 2001 after a painstaking search for a suitable venue which was large enough to hold a firework competition both safely and with enough space for the spectators to enjoy and it has never looked back.

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Today, the festival is an amalgamation of the firework festival with the cultural arts. Today, Globalfest brings in tens of thousands of visitors annually to see the myriad of cultural pavilions (there will be 20+ at the 2018 event) and experience great tasting delicacies from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Caribbean as well as local munchies so there is something for every taste.

There is live music, heritage dress and cultural music to be enjoyed around the event.

Of course, the fireworks are an intrinsic part of the proceedings and here are the teams firing and the dates they will be displaying:

UKRAINE – DANCE OF FIRE – 16TH AUGUST 2018
SPAIN – PYROTECNIA ZARAGOZANA – 18TH AUGUST 2018
PHILIPPINES – BLUE PEACOCK FIREWORKS – 21ST AUGUST 2018
CHINA – CHANGSHA MEITAI FIREWORKS – 23RD AUGUST 2018
MEXICO – SIRIUS PYROTECHNICS – 25TH AUGUST 2018

The displays will be judged by an appointed jury who will be basing their scores on the following;

1. The quality of the display
2. The originality of the artistic concept: the choice of music and staging
3. Brilliance and richness of colours used
4. 25% of the music used is native to the presenting country
5. Synchronization: the precision of the marriage between music, sound effects, and fireworks
6. Team’s use of a compulsory piece: “The Planets – Mars, the Bringer of War” by Gutav Holst
7. The scope of the work

The doors will be open to gain entry from 6pm but there will be absolutely no admission after 9.15pm so ensure that you get there in plenty of time to get to your spot before the fireworks begin.

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GLOBALFEST FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2015

WHAT: GLOBALFEST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2015
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL / COMPETITION
WHERE: ELLISTON PARK, CALGARY, CANADA
WHEN: 20th TO 29th AUGUST 2015

This annual event began in 1993 following the formation of The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society but the search for a suitable venue which could have the fireworks and still host the numbers of visitors anticipated.

The quest continued for 10 years and in 2003, the inaugural Globalfest International Fireworks Festival got underway much to the delight of the tens of thousands of spectators.

Today, the event is co-sponsored by Trico Homes and has continued to grow into one of the biggest events in the Calgary calendar.

The fireworks are set over the Lake at Elliston Park for the 2015 Champion of Champions event where world-class teams from around the World all compete to lift the trophy as they have all won here at least once.

The competitors are as follows:

CHINA – THURSDAY 20Tth AUGUST
PHILIPPINES – SATURDAY 22nd AUGUST
SPAIN – TUESDAY 25th AUGUST
USA – THURSDAY 27th AUGUST
CANADA ***FINALE*** SATURDAY 29th AUGUST

Adjudicators will be keeping their eyes peeled as each contestant wows the crowd with their own interpretation of what they feel is the best display. Judges will take into consideration when marking:

The quality of the display.
The scope of the work undertaken.
The richness and brightness and use of the colours.
Synchronisation of the music and fireworks.
Originality, choice of music & staging of the display.
25% of the music featured MUST originate from the firers own country.
Use of the compulsory piece (to be announced) all competitors will have to feature in the demonstration.

The strict guidelines the teams have to adhere to, makes this a unique event not seen anywhere else in the world. An added bonus at this event is the firing position which looks to mirror the display on to the lake below, doubling the beautiful scenes for the expectant spectators.

Along with the usual concessions, there are a number of things for the children to do including bouncy castle, trampolines, face painting and arts and crafts.

Tickets for the event start at $20 (Canadian) for one day’s access to the park, with tickets still available from $75 for admission to all the teams.

As yet the officials have not told us of which teams from the competing countries will take up the banner for their national pride, but we will let you know as soon as we do.

Not able to attend? Enjoy the finale from last year’s event at Globalfest 2014.

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Globalfest – Calgary Fireworks 2014

GlobalFest 2013

This event has been a familiar feature of the entertainment calendar for Calgary since 2003 and as it enters its 12th year of fireworks and fun, (you can read all about last years here) this year promises to be even bigger and better than last year.

Each of the countries represented at Calgary Globalfest brings colour, music and light together to showcase the sheer beauty and elegance of their homeland. Last year’s ‘Best of 2013’ winners France will be back this year to try their luck and a consecutive win may be on the cards.

The festival is not just about fireworks as it is a cultural bringing together of a massive number of nationalities to enable all of the visitors the opportunity to learn a little more about themselves and one another.

Globalfest Fireworks Finale

There are over 20 cultural pavilions which aim to include visitors and let them have a special insight into lifestyles as diverse as mouth-watering food and brilliantly colourful costumes from India including how to correctly drape a beautiful ‘saree’ or you can also enjoy a relaxing massage in the Thailand pavilion or learn the intricacies of Persian calligraphy writing from the natives of Iran.

‘Foodies’ will thoroughly enjoy the diversity of the food concessions including the rich and vibrant food of the Caribbean or the spicy subtlety of the variety of food from Indonesia or Vietnam. There is literally something for every taste and palate.

There is also a night market every evening to enable you to pick up a cultural piece of jewellery or an authentic piece of art from China or Thailand. Or perhaps you are looking for that ‘one-off’ keepsake for a family member? There will also be a number of clothing outlets, candles and scented products, limited edition one off mobile phone accessories for you to peruse.

GlobalFest 2013

Of course, in our opinion, the best thing about this event has to be the majestic fireworks displays. The fireworks competition, sponsored by Trico Homes, is an international event where a different country is represented on each of the five nights with the finale on the fifth night being performed by Sirius Pyrotechnics who are representing Calgary.

The firing order is as follows:

• Japan – Thursday 14th August 2014 – Akariya Fireworks
• Thailand – Saturday 16th August 2014 – Thailand Fireworks
• Vietnam – Tuesday 19th August 2014 – Team DaNang VietNam
• France – Thursday 21st August 2014 – Sarl FC Pyro
• Finale – Saturday 23rd August 2014 – Sirius Pyrotechnics (representing the home team)

The judge’s decisions will be based on the following areas:

• Quality
• Scope of the work
• Brilliance and colours of the pieces used
• Musical choreography
• Originality of the artistic impressions
• Musical choices
• 25% of the music is native to the representative country

It is a hard-fought competition but with the added advantage of the firing site being at the water’s edge with all the pyro being reflected in the moonlit waters it is a truly gorgeous place in its own right but with the fireworks as well, pure magic.

If you should get the opportunity to visit, we would simply love to see any footage you may have shot whilst you are there both of the fireworks and the event as a whole.

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