WHAT:PYRONALE 2016 WHEN: 9TH & 10TH SEPTEMBER 2016 (DOORS OPEN 6.30PM) WHERE: THE OLYMPIC STADIUM, MAYFIELD, BERLIN WHY: FIREWORK COMPETITION
Summer 2016 the competition season is set to get under way once more for Berlin’s ‘primo’ firework competition: PYRONALE
The teams competing are as follows:
Friday 9th September 2016
FRANCE – ART EVENTIA POLAND – SUPER POWER FAJERWERKI BRAZIL – VISION SHOW GROUP
Saturday 10th September 2016
AUSTRIA – FIREEVENT – DIE FEUERWERKER ROMANIA – PYRO EVENTS TEAM FIREWORK DESIGN PORTUGAL – MACEDOS PIROTECNIA LDA
The teams fight it out during this two day international competition and the teams have to show their creativity, synchronicity and professionalism with a wide selection of colour and effect.
There are certain obligatory sections in the competition which all of the teams have to comply with. The first prerequisite is a 1 minute section without any musical accompaniment highlighting a single colour. This year, this will be BLUE-GREEN.
The second condition imposed is a four minute section choreographed to a set piece of music. This gives a good impression of the team’s capabilities.
Finally, it is then time for the freestyle section allowing them around 10-minutes of display closely choreographed to a 10 minute musical piece of their choosing. This really highlights the creativity of the teams.
The Jury, who will decide the overall winner is comprised of experts in the field of pyrotechnics and celebrities.
Last years winning team, representing Mexico, was Martarello Ramos Pirotecnia.
Over last weekend, some of the best in the world went toe to toe filling the night skies over the beautiful Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
The event began in 2006 and continues to grow from strength to strength.
Potsdamer Feruerwerk – Germany – sky-filling from the first burst but not as clean perhaps as was intended or as symmetrical as perhaps it ought to be. Some really nice shaped shells in there along with some extremely large spider shells with glittering tips and the mid section’s strobing crackle cloud section again was captivating. There were strobing tips on the falling leaves and horsetails and there was a great selection of colours with some really bright reds, greens and bronzes and lots and lots of strobes! The finale filled up the sky with gracefully falling huge willow effects.
Pyrotex Fireworx – GB – From the first beat of music team GB, represented by this fantastic team were ON IT! The criss cross slice section was perfection itself as were the rainbow coloured shaped shells. My favourite section, sweeping and crossing over fanned gold pieces which made the sky glow!
The whole display was ASTONISHING – absolute perfection throughout, symmetrical, incredible timing, spectacular choreography and huge mixture of spectacular effects.
To be perfectly honest, few notes were taken as I couldn’t take my eyes off the display. AWESOME
Pirotecnia Rogello Ramos – Mexico – A great mix of colours and some very pretty effects but in my view, throughout, although they had a great selection of products fired, and they absolutely filled the sky, there was little or no structure or choreography involved.
Some lovely shaped pieces but much of the colour density was due to the lighting rather than the fireworks. The crowds definitely got into the mood as La Bamba was played but again, whilst lovely, the precision you would expect from a professional display was not apparent.
One of the standout sections for me was having a huge hanwarimono (like a giant sphere filled with little bursting balls) which had a spider break with a red strobing centre bursting at the same time – gorgeous.
The display was a bit ‘random’ for my taste but each to their own!
All the other teams from Spain, Finland and Slovakia were very good but nothing out of the ordinary and a number of technical issues. The Slovakian display was too smoky and there were a lot of misfires at the beginning. The Finnish display was a little disjointed at times which impacted on the overall show but the finale was very pretty with some huge palm shells and willow bursts in every colour. Again a bit of a ‘mish-mosh’ but very pretty nonetheless.
Slovakia had a few issues too with an overrun on one side of a sweeping glitter fan and lots of misfires from the outset. Again, a little smoky and the single shot crossovers were out of sync but the full spread fan was lush as were the beautiful glitter palms. They also featured red and silver strobing centred pistil to spider break – which was just awesome.
Spain, represented by the inimitable Ricardo Caballer Ricassa was anticipated as being one of the forerunners of the competition. I have to say, the colours were absolutely outstanding and not just the warmer tones, the blues and purples were crisp, clear and nothing short of stunning.
The shaped multi peony breaks were very bright too but whilst there were a wide number of effects, colours and sounds, the overall display was in my opinion missing form and choreography – which is highly unusual for this pro team but like anything else, we are all entitled to a bad day at the office!
Well done to all six competing teams and the winners were:
WHAT: PYRONALE FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS
WHY: WORLD FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION
WHEN: FRIDAY 4th and SATURDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2015
WHERE: OLYMPIC STADIUM – BERLIN – GERMANY
COST: DETAILS AVAILABLE VIA THE EVENT WEBSITE
Pyronale began in 2006 and continues to pit the best of the best from around the World against one another to have the opportunity to be crowned 2015 winner of the title of World champion.
Last year’s winners were the team from Pyroemotions who lifted the Golden Pyronale cup for their efforts which were absolutely outstanding. I caught one of their previous shows but this team are so ‘on it’ it is frightening. Split second timing, exceptional pyro all came together to create a quality display and I didn’t spot a single misfire and the effects were consistently good so it is down to this year’s teams to try to take it up another notch.
There will be two days of competition which will see six of the best teams invited to compete in this pyro spectacle.
The competitors are as follows:
Friday 4th September 2015
PIROTECNIA CABALLER SA – SPAIN
PYROTEX FIREWORX – ENGLAND
POTSDAMER FIREWORKS – GERMANY
Saturday 5th September 2015
PRIVATEX PYRO – SLOVAKIA
PYROSTAR – FINLAND
FIREWORK MARTARELLO-RAMOS – MEXICO
Of course, each one of the contenders has the ability to ‘bring it’ but we will have to wait and see. On paper, the competition is really between Pyrotex Fireworx from the UK and Pirotecnia Caballer Ricassa SA from Spain.
The team from Pyrotex, who’s pedigree on the international competition stage cannot be questioned following on from their win in Malta in 2014, will bring some innovative shapes and effects to the table. If you have not had the chance to catch their winning display, check it out on YouTube – one word AWESOME. The display was dramatic, beautiful and with split second timing it all came together to enable them to lift the silverware.
Pirotecnia Caballer Ricassa brings real depth of colour to their displays and each section has the feeling of being a little finale before the end comes. If they use their blend of pop and traditional music together, you will see something truly special.
We will, as usual, bring you the results and any video footage or pictures as soon as they are available.