WHAT: MACAU INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION 2018 WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION WHERE: MACAU TOWER, SHORE FRONT, MACAU, CHINA WHEN: 1ST, 8TH, 15TH, 24TH SEPTEMBER AND 1ST OCTOBER 2018 COST: FREE FROM MULTIPLE POINTS AROUND THE BAY
As the competition enters its 29th year, it gets bigger and better all the time. Last year’s event sadly had to be cancelled due to Typhoon Hato, one of the strongest and most destructive storms in more than 50 years. This year the region is expecting a couple of low level thunderstorms but, being the weather, this can change very quickly.
The sea area in the night sky over Macau will be full of firework effects every Saturday until the final event on National Day on the 1st October.
The competition will be fierce as there are some of the best exponents of the art of pyrotechnics taking each other on head to head in the hopes of being crowned champion.
• PHILIPPINES – PLATINUM FIREWORKS INC
• KOREA – FASEECOM
• JAPAN – MARUMATAYA OGATSU FIREWORKS CO. LTD
• BELGIUM – H C PYROTECHNICS
• FRANCE – ALPHA PYROTECHNIE
• PORTUGAL – GRUPO LUSO PIROTECNIA
• GERMANY – POTSDAMER FEUERWERK GMBH
• AUSTRIA – FIRE-EVENT-DIE FEURERWERKER
• ITALY – PANZERA S A S
• CHINA – LIUYANG NEW YEAR FIREWORKS TRADING CO LTD
First to show their pyro expertise are the teams from Platinum Fireworks Inc who have competed across Europe, North America and across the Far East picking up a myriad of awards along the way. This year, they were beaten into runners up position by the UK’s own Pyrotex Fireworx at Pyromagic in Szczecin Poland.
Second up, Faseecom who again are a world class pro team who won the 2018 Flammende Stern at the end of August and were instrumental in the beautiful opening and closing firework displays at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics earlier this year.
It is certainly going to be an Epic battle of the pyrotechnicians; we will keep you updated on the event as it progresses.
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.
WHAT: MACAU INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY CONTEST
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHEN: 8th SEPTEMBER – 1st OCTOBER 2015
WHERE: MACAU TOWER – MACAU TOWER SHORE FRONT, MACAU, CHINA
This year sees the 27th Annual Macau International Display Contest getting bigger and better than ever. The event is to be held on 5 concurrent Saturday’s throughout September and into early October with representing teams from all over the World. The host nation attaches great importance to cultural heritage. In fact, the firecracker industry used to be one of the biggest businesses in Macau, and fireworks, being a significant element in Macau’s cultural heritage, also has a long history in Portugal.
Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, just west of Hong Kong and is best known for its casino’s and widespread gambling establishments. It is listed as THE most densely populated region of the World with almost 700,000 living in an area just 30.3km.
The region was originally a Portuguese colony between 1557 and 1999 when the region was handed back to China. In fact one of the most visited places on Macau are the ‘Ruins of St Paul’ which was originally the church of Mater Dei (Mother of God) and it was built-in the first part of the 17th century.
To celebrate this ‘colourful’ history and cultural inheritance, Macau started to stage the annual “Macau International Fireworks Display Contest” from 1989 to demonstrate the unique vibes of Macau when the magnificent fireworks light up Macau’s stunning scenery.
Now in its 27th year, the Macau Government Tourist Office subsidise teams 25% for fireworks materials and a further increase in funding for the transportation costs. This has been done to give a level playing field, ensuring that all teams are competing at the same level. The prize money is:
In previous years, all pyrotechnic materials used for use by the overseas teams had to be stored in one container which limited some of the performances as opposed to the local and regional teams who were able to ‘bring along’ whatever they wanted. From here on in, the visiting teams can use two containers and the regional and local teams must comply with the same amount of pyro.
The rules of competition are clear that the teams must choreograph a firework display to music and the best example should give the impression of ‘dancing fireworks’ during their musical interpretation.
The annual event not only lights up the nights of Macau, but also the hearts of spectators. Local residents look forward to the marvellous fireworks displays that add a joyous atmosphere to holidays and festivals. The Contest has also become an annual characteristic of Macau. Many visitors specially choose this time of the year to come to Macau to enjoy an exotic and romantic holiday.
The Macau International Fireworks Display Contest has grown over the years into an internationally acclaimed event, one of the best of its kind and the local Tourist Office will continue to work towards advancing the event’s international status and reputation, with the vision to bring about the world’s most prominent international fireworks display.
For the remainder of the time, there is plenty to do away from the fireworks and the gambling most notably enjoying the Grand Prix Museum and the Macau Wine Museum – what more could you want: Wine, fireworks and Cars.
The teams and the itinerary are as follows
Tuesday 8th September 2015
21:00 Taiwan Syyuan Fireworks Co Ltd
Sunday 13th September 2015
21:00 China HunanJing Tai Fireworks Co Ltd
Sunday 20th September 2015
21:00 Korea Daehan Fireworks Co
21:30 Poland Surex Fireworks
22:00 Croatia Mirnovec Pirotehnika
Sunday 27th September 2015
21:00 Portugal Pyrofel Pirotecnia
21:30 Australia Skylighter Fireworks
22:00 France Sodip Pyrotechnie
Thursday 1st October 2015
21:00 Italy La Tirrena Sas Di Vittorio
21:30 Spain Pirotecnia Zaragozana SA
Amongst this year’s competitors are last year’s winners from China, Hunan Jingtai Fireworks Co Ltd and runners-up from Australia, Italy and Spain.