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TARRAGONA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2019

WHAT: TARRAGONA FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2019
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHERE: LAYA D EL MIRACLE BEACH, TARRAGONA, SPAIN
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY TO SATURDAY 6TH JULY 2019

One thing that the Spanish are known for doing well is a fiesta and the international fireworks competition in Tarragona has everything associated with them. Warm summer evenings, music and street entertainment along with a mixture of traditional dress, tapas tasting areas and spectacular fireworks makes this one not to be missed.

Dating back to 1990 it is now one of the most important festivals across the med with more than 60,000 spectators visit the city to enjoy the open-air style party.

Several applications are received each year from Europe and beyond all hoping that they impress the selection board enough to secure a place in the competition. Funding is offered towards the shows but also there are strict criteria to be met for every team. The winners not only grab the 1st prize but they also fire at the Santa Tecla festival in September.

Schedule

WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY – PIROTECHNIA ESTEBAN MARTIN SL DE GRANADA

A family run business that is now in its 4th generation. Formed in 1895 they have won the VII pirotechnia comp city of el ejido (champion of champions) in the edition of the pyro-musical show in 2002 and 1st prize in the international fireworks contest city of el ejido in 1999 and 2000.

Number of pyrotechnics using 419KG

THURSDAY 4TH JULY – PIROTECHNIA ALPUJARREND OF GRANADA

Emerging in 1890 this team is also on the 4th generation of management. As well as producing and launching some fantastic displays they also are manufacturers and designers of fireworks. They have brought the latest advances in security, production and quality control to performances.

Number of pyrotechnics 652KG

FRIDAY 5TH JULY – PIROTECHNIA DEL MEDITERRANEO OF VILAMARXANT (VALENCIA)

The manager Antonio Garcia Juan has run the company since it was created in 2015. He has gained his experience from different fireworks workshops before creating his own company. This will be the second time that they have taken part in the competition hoping to show the crowds and judges the potential they have with their new Valencian fireworks.

Number of pyrotechnics 456 kg

SATURDAY 6TH JULY – PIROTECHNIA AQUAREVE ARTIFICIE (FRANCE)

Specializing in the designing of musical pyro shows, performances, special and digital effects they have a central European style. The French company first began in 1991.

Number of pyrotechnics 640KG

The shows are from 10:30pm each evening from miracle beach so make sure that you arrive early to grab yourself a viewing spot. If you can’t get to the beach there are local restaurants, hotels with viewing places. In fact, anywhere and everywhere in the city and the surrounding areas, you will find a place to view.

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25TH INTERNATIONAL TARRAGONA FIREWORKS COMPETITION

WHAT: 25TH INTERNATIONAL TARRAGONA FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHEN: 1st – 4th JULY 2015
WHERE: PLATJA DEL MIRACLE, TARRAGONA, SPAIN
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
FIRING TIME: 10.30PM

This international competition has been a feature of the region since 1990. It has brought together some of the finest pyro-technicians from around the world to battle it out for supremacy in this competition.

The teams are chosen by the selector board from a number of applications received from across Europe. There is a massive list of criteria to meet in order to ensure that all teams are competing on a level playing field. The competitors are offered funding towards costs – competitors from within Spain are given €18,000 and outside the country €20,000. Not too shabby when you consider that first prize is a not inconsiderable €26,000.

The fireworks are a mixture of both aerial and aquatic and will last for no more than 18 minutes.

The companies firing are as follows:

Wednesday 1st July 2015 – Pirotecnia Zaragozana (Spain) – est. 1860 – Pyro to be fired: 482 kg

Thursday 2nd July 2015 – Pirotecnia Caballer Hermanos (Spain) – est. 1880 – Pyro to be fired: 878 kg

Friday 3rd July 2015 – Pyrotechnics Tomas of Benicarlo (Spain) – est. 1994 – Pyro to be fired: 1081 kg

Saturday 4th July 2015 – A.P.E. Parente Fireworks (Italy) – est. 1989 – Pyro to be fired: 898 kg

This event has been celebrated in the region since 1321 and continues to thrill the spectators as the fireworks are launched from the site over the promenade at the beach.

The Platja del Mirable beach overlooking the Mediterranean is one huge open air party for the event with gourmet food, fine wines and live music being played deep into the night.

Once the winner is selected by the team of 16 judges, the winner will receive the money, the Trophy and also the opportunity to fire the display at the Santa Tecla Festival.

Here is one of the 2013 displays to whet your appetite:

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