Category Archives: Malta Fireworks

MALTA MECHANISED GROUND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019

WHAT: MALTA MECHANISED GROUND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019
WHY: MECHANISED FIREWORK FESTIVAL
WHERE: ST PUBLIUS SQUARE, MALTA
WHEN: SATURDAY 4TH MAY 2019

The Mechanised Fireworks, known locally as Nar tal’Art, are unique to Malta and form an important part of the celebrations for their saint days.

Teams from the myriad of firework producers on the Island each create their own incredible mechanized display which takes the better part of a year to complete. The event is one of a kind, bringing together beautiful pyrotechnics and mechanics which are fascinating. These intricate constructions twist, turn and create spectacular shapes and images using a series of chains and gears called Katina.

Malta Ground Fireworks Festival 2017

This year, the event closes the celebrations for the Feast of the Cross and St Augustine’s in Valetta. The mechanised fireworks are set out in St Publius Square in Floriana, Malta in the foreground of the magnificent Parish Church.

St Publius Church was built in the 17th Century and is neoclassical in design. Sadly, the façade of the church was extensively damaged during bombing attacks during WW2 which was eventually repaired in the late 1950s.

Malta Ground Fireworks Festival 2017

The Island has proof of inhabitation however from as early as 5000 BC and there are numerous Megalithic stone structures across the island which are thought to be the oldest stone structures in the World.

Malta --- Kirkop --- Ground Fireworks

If you are in the area, you may also like to take the opportunity to see several firework displays on the night prior to the final competition night for the 18th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival. Get along if you are fortunate enough to be over in Malta to take in the sight of a sky full of pyrotechnics and the intricacies of the mechanical fireworks for yourself.

Check out the video.

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PARTICIPANTS IN FORTHCOMING PYROTECHNIC EVENTS

You may remember having read the recent blogs about forthcoming competitions we have a couple of updates for you.

The Malta International Firework Competition gets underway soon for the 18th edition of the event and there are representatives from Europe and beyond.

Entrants for this prestigious event are as follows:

24 APRIL 2019 – VACALLUZZO EVENTI – ITALY
24 APRIL 2019 – GHAQDA TAN-NAR – MALTA
27 APRIL 2019 – PYROCOM – ESTONIA
27 APRIL 2019 – PLATINUM FIREWORKS – PHILIPPINES

Last year’s overall winner was the team from the USA – Rozzi Fireworks who took home the gold closely followed by the local team St Mary’s Fireworks from Ghazaq Malta with the 2nd runner up from the UK – Phoenix Fireworks.

Over the years, all the competitors have won some of the most exceptional prizes in the World and assisted many in their attempts too. If you would like more information about this event please click on the following link:

MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2019

Monaco Art en Ciel (Monaco International Firework Competition) takes place in beautiful Monaco and has been entertaining both locals and visitors for over 50 years. Back in January we let you know about the competition but once again did not have details of the competitors. The skies over the harbor will be filled with sound and effects:

20 JULY 2019 – BLIKAS – LITHUANIA
27 JULY 2019 – HERMANOS CABALLER – SPAIN
3 AUGUST 2019 – SIROTECNICS – ENGLAND
10 AUGUST 2019 – DANCE OF FIRE – UKRAINE

If you missed out on the original blog, here is a link to take you straight to it.

INTERNATIONAL PYROMELODIC FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2019

If you know of any competition/firework events either here in the UK or overseas, let us know.

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MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2019

WHAT: MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2019
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION
WHEN: 24th, 27th, AND 30th APRIL AND 4th MAY 2019
WHERE: GRAND HARBOUR VALETTA, MALTA
COST: FREE

Every year since 2003, the stunning Island of Malta has held a Pyro-musical event which brings together both the local firework factories and international display companies for the entertainment of the masses.

Fireworks, in general, are a year around pastime over in Malta and they love em.  Whether the usual Maltese Shells (which are expertly hand made and specially created shells) or the Nar tal-Art (mechanized ground firework festival).

There are 35 firework factories on the Island which are all fiercely competitive but due to the large numbers covering such a small area and given that almost every old householder there is also involved in the production of pyrotechnics in some way, sadly, this does also give rise to an increase in the number of firework-related incidents on the island.  The factories each have their own professional team involved in both the mechanical firework competition and the International Pyro-musical Competitions held annually.

The Feast days or ‘Festi’ have always been celebrations around the numerous Saint’s days and are a true spectacle and were originally musket fire and cannon shot referred to as ‘Feu de Joie’ (fire of joy) which were used for the birth of a new Royal Baby, the election of a new Pope or indeed the election of a new Grand Master of the Order of Knights.

Last year, the competition was won by the USA represented by Rozzi Fireworks who picked up the Gold Award.  Rozzi was founded in 1895 by the great grandfather of the current director of the company who emigrated to the USA from Italy.  Rozzi was one of the original companies to choreograph pyro and music together and today, create spectacular displays for everything from small community events to full-on spectacles for hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Local team St Mary’s Ghaxaq received the first runner up and the team from Phoenix Fireworks in the UK lifted the second runner up award.  They were all incredible, but I have to say the specialist shells used in the display from St Mary’s were just stunning.

We will bring you more information about the competition entrants once it is made available.

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