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GlobalFest Firework Festival 2019

WHAT: GLOBALFEST 2019
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHERE: ELLISTON PARK, CALGARY
WHEN: THURSDAY 15THE AUGUST 6PM TO SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST 11PM
COST: STANDARD TICKET $21 (£13) (NIGHT SPECIFIC)

The festival was implemented in 1994 when the Calgary Fireworks Festival Society was looking for a safe firework launching site.  After some time, they discovered Elliston Park and its lake which is the second largest lake in Calgary. After joining forces with the International Avenue Arts & Culture Centre plans were put forward for a joint festival in 2003. This is when the festival was born and audiences of almost 100,000 were entertained.

Today the festival is known for showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence with many competitors from all over the world invited to take part in this explosive event.

Growing year on year Globalfest now consists of several components

  • One world festival – up to 24 cultural pavilions including ethnic food stalls to experience cuisines from Caribbean, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India to name a few. In the evening there is a night market and also live music to entertain you before the fireworks.
  • International fireworks festival – 6 fantastic firework displays from up to 5 international teams.

To make the fireworks festival more unique than at any other festival the adjudicators set out the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the display,
  2. The originality of the artistic concept: the choice of music and staging
  3. Brilliance and richness of the 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. Teams use of a compulsory piece: 2019 piece is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  7. The scope of the work,

With these rules in place, it ensures that every night is like a world premier never to be repeated. To add to this, you have the advantage of 2 shows for the price of one as the lake gives a perfect reflection of the action happening in the skies above.

Schedule of teams

Thursday 15th August – USA – Pyro Spectaculars by Souza

Saturday 17th August – Spain – Pirotechnia Zaragozana

Tuesday 20th August – China – Liuyang Jintan Fireworks

Thursday 22nd August – Canada – Archangel Fireworks Inc.

Saturday 24th August – Grand Finale – Sirius Fireworks (Montreal, Quebec)

The gates to gain entry will be open from 6pm and no other entry will be gained after 9:15pm so ensure that you arrive early to take in the smells, tastes, sights, and sounds that the festival has to offer before the fireworks begin

Check out the winning show from last year from the fantastic firers from Spain’s Zaragozana Pirotechnia:

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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.

Get your 2018 GlobalFest tickets at all @firstcalgary, @chinookfinancial & Legacy Financial branches & locations now! General Admission – first 4 nights – $10 General Admission – Finale – $20 GlobalPass (all 5 nights) – $45 Prices do not include GST or online fees where applicable. Free admission for children 5 and under. All ticket sales final. No refunds or exchanges. These prices are available until May 26. For more festival information, visit www.globalfest.ca. Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival & Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival Thursday, August 16 – Ukraine Saturday, August 18 – Spain Tuesday, August 21 – Philippines Thursday, August 23 – China Saturday, August 25 – Finale #yyc #yycfestivals #globalfest #fireworks #summer2018 Photo cred: J&J Lawrence Photography – Nathalie Terekhova

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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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