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HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT FIREWORKS 2018

WHAT: HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT FIREWORKS
WHY: FIREWORK FESTIVAL
WHERE: ENGLISH BAY, VANCOUVER, CANADA
WHEN: SATURDAY 28TH JULY / WEDNESDAY 1ST AUGUST / SATURDAY 4TH AUGUST 2018
WHAT TIME DO THE FIREWORKS START: 10:00PM
COST: FREE / RESERVED SEATING STARTS FROM $44

The Honda celebration of light is into it 28th consecutive year and is still one of the most popular events in Vancouver. Throughout the days and evenings, the crowd expected over the 3-day period is growing year on year. With up to 1 million spectators last year, the organisers are expecting the event to be bigger and better than ever before. Beaches and parks in and around English Bay will be packed out with everyone wanting to get their spot early to get the best views of the displays.

For the first time in the history of the event, the competitors must all follow a theme and incorporate this into the firework display along with the music. The theme for this year as chosen by the public vote is all “love”.

Red Heart Firework Effect

The fireworks are all set up and fired from barges located in English bay and ‘blast off’ will take place at 10pm every evening come rain or shine; so, make sure that you don’t only arrive early but that you come well prepared.

For the prime viewing spots for the event, you can pre-book into the observation lounge making sure you and family or friends have the best seats in the house for the show. Prices cost $44 so around £26 per ticket. This is plus the applicable services and charges.

If you fancy doing something a little more different then there are bars and lounges offering different packages with not only some of the best seats in the house but also including food and drinks packages.

The three main places to watch the fireworks are Second Beach, English Bay, and Kitsilano / Vanier Park. All of them offer plenty things to do for all the family along with an array of food stalls to sample the local cuisine, live music performances and of course at the end of each evening an incredible fireworks display.

The programme for the event is as follows –

• Saturday 28th July – South Africa – Fireworks for Africa
• Wednesday 1st August – Sweden – Unique Pyrotechnic
• Saturday 4th August – South Korea – Daehan Firework Co

The companies are judged by some industry experts, sponsor representatives and some local celebrities. Along with this you as the audience also get your chance to vote as there is now an app available to download. Once all the competitors have fired, the judges then add up the marks and the winner of the show will be announced, and the prizes and trophies are handed out.

This certainly is going to be one of biggest and most beautiful sky filling events in the Canadian event calendar, so make sure that you get yourself along to witness this first hand for yourself.

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HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT 2016

WHAT: HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT 2016
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: ENGLISH BAY, VANCOUVER, CANADA
WHEN: SATURDAY 23RD JULY, WEDNESDAY 27TH JULY AND SATURDAY 30TH JULY 2016
COST: FREE. VIP SEATS ARE AVAILABLE FOR AN EXTRA FEE

First competed for in 1990, this year marks the 26th running of the event which pits the abilities of three of the top pyrotechnic teams from around the World. The organisers though do try to ensure that each year, at least one of the teams will be not have competed before adding that ‘unknown’ quality to proceedings.

The teams will be creating a 25 minute display, set and synchronised to music and will be judged by industry experts who will be marking against the following criteria:

SHOW SIZE – 10 POINTS
DESIGN AND ARTISTRY – 30 POINTS
SYNCHRONICITY – 20 POINTS
ORIGINALITY – 15 POINTS
QUALITY OF MUSIC SELECTION: 15 POINTS
QUALITY OF PYROTECHNICS – 10 POINTS

Competitors will lose points for flouting safety rules, any activities considered unprofessional and dangerous set up practices. The judges said ‘some teams are extremely flowing and magical whereas others are bombastic which is what makes role even more difficult’.

Saturday 23rd July 2016 – Royal Fireworks – Netherlands

Wednesday 27th July 2016 – Howard & Sons – Australia

Saturday 30th July 2016 – The Walt Disney Company – USA

The competition forms part of ‘Shorefest’ which is Vancouver’s largest community concert series. The event brings a staggering $37 million into the economy in tourism and hospitality alone.

On event days, there will be live music from 2pm daily and food and entertainment available to everyone. You can either watch the fireworks from the beach and surrounding area or one of the specialist areas set up.

The Keg Lounge, is closest to the music stage, a Steak House Bar and Grill which is the most popular area for VIP’s .

Sunset Beach will have fewer people about than the Beach at English Bay and you will be able to see just as well without tripping over people.

The winner of the competition will be announced on 31st July once all three teams have competed.

Social media reporting has of course gone wild since learning that the team from The Walt Disney Company were taking part. Of course, whilst Howard & Sons have previously competed here, the Netherlands and of course the Disney team have not so it should be quite something to behold. Royal Party, representing The Netherlands, were winners of the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition in 2015 so they are all in with a fighting chance.

We will of course bring you the latest news as it happens from the showground and will of course announce the winner at the beginning of August.

Honda Celebration of lights

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Honda Celebration of Light 2015

WHAT: Honda Celebration of Light 2015 – 25 Years Anniversary
WHEN: Saturday 25th July, Wednesday 29th July & Saturday 1st August 2015
WHAT TIME: Open from 2.00pm & Fireworks at 10:00pm
WHERE: English Bay, Vancouver, Canada
COST: FREE and licensed ticketed areas

Since its inauguration in 1990, the Celebration of Light event in Vancouver has thrilled and amazed whole generations of firework lovers from across the globe. It is the longest running offshore event of its kind.

Over a three night spectacular, three of the best in the World will battle it out for supremacy to be crowned winner 25th anniversary edition of the Celebration of Light.

Each of the teams competing has a wealth of knowledge between them and here is your starting line up:

Saturday 25th July 2015 – First to fire are the Team China. Team Lidu are one of the premier display teams in China earning them a top ten place in the Country, They have competing representing the Republic of China on a number of occasions and never fail to achieve a wow factor. They have promised to fill the night sky with light from a show to remember.

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – Next to show their wares are Team Brazil in this case being represented by the fantastic Group Vision Show who recently competed at the massive Philippine International Pyromusical Competition. Having checked out the footage from previous displays this team will certainly add lots of bright colour and symmetry to the table.

Saturday 1st August 2015 – Last but by no means least is the team from Canada represented this year by Archangel Fireworks who have won the event a number of times over the years. Hailing from Winnipeg, this team have the gunpowder prowess to take this competition onto the next level.

The scoring is out of 100 and the points are awarded in the following areas:

SIZE OF SHOW 10 POINTS
DESIGN OF ARTISTRY 30 POINTS
SYNCHRONICITY 20 POINTS
EFFECTS 15 POINTS
SOUNDTRACK 15 POINTS
QUALITY OF PRODUCTS 10 POINTS

The judges can deduct 5 points from any of the represented teams for poor/unsafe/untidy installation techniques.

The competition will go on rain or shine and there is entertainment on site for all the family from 2:00pm on each of the display days.

The fireworks are actually wholly set up and fired from barges in English Bay so they are well away from the viewers and ready to entertain the 400,000 spectators lining the banks.

Good luck to all the competitors and we will be sure to bring you all the news of the outcome of the competition later in the Year.

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