MIYAJIMA WATER FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

WHAT: MIYAJIMA WATER FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: WATER FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHEN: 25th AUGUST 2018 7:40pm – 8:40pm
WHERE: ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE, MIYAJIMA ISLAND, JAPAN
COST: FREE

Japan is well known for the huge number of summer festivals which take part across the country; all which include fireworks in some way shape or form. The Miyajima water fireworks festival will be one of the most unique and exciting displays you will witness this season in Japan.

Held every year at one of the popular tourist sites on Miyajima island, this is where the world heritage Itsukushima shrine is located and is instantly recognisable with its magnificent red “floating” Torii Gate. With over 300,000 visitors to the event no wonder that the water fireworks festival is known as one of the most spectacular displays in the country. To grab a seat and get in place for that perfect photo opportunity make sure that you arrive extra early. The festival is free to watch and can get busy really quickly. However, you can get a special viewing seat, and these are available in advance for around 6,000 Yen which equates to around 42.00 GBP. These are not exactly on the cheap side but the view that you get from the seats is incomparable.

From the early hours of the morning, the city is bustling more than it normally would be and by dusk, the crowds pack the shores on both the mainland side and island side of the river. Extra ferries and streetcars are brought in for the major event along with the ever-popular sightseeing boats just there for the one day for viewing the fireworks.

The fireworks are fired on the sea just behind the Torii gate creating gorgeous views as the 5,000 fireworks light up not only the sky but reflect in the water below. Launched in successive bursts the blooming flowers, glittering streamers and weeping willows fill the sky with a rainbow of colours and the odd bang as they break. Everyone eagerly awaits the finale as the firing is more rapid and the effects more varied covering the whole skyline.

The festival will be brought to a close amid boisterous cheering, whistles and of course loud applause from the appreciative audience.

Make sure that you don’t miss out on the only festival that combines one of Japan’s most scenic places with one of Japan’s favourite summer activities – fireworks.

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KNOKKE HEIST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

WHAT: KNOKKE HEIST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL
WHERE: ON THE BEACH – STRAND, MEERLAAN, 8300 KNOKKE HEIST
WHEN: 17TH, 19TH, 21ST, 23RD & 25TH AUGUST 2018 – FROM 10PM APPROX EACH EVENING
COST: FREE

Knokke Heist is a municipality in West Flanders in Belgium and is the country’s answer to Marbella with a huge array of swanky shops, a Casino, and several art galleries and plays home to some of Belgium’s fashionable elite in the mansions and shuttered homes in the area. Out and about, there are several art galleries, museums and eating out in one of the many fine dining restaurants dotted about, including the two Michelin starred Bartholomeus.

The fireworks festival in Knokke Heist has taken place since 1970 and due to its fast-growing popularity year upon year, the competition is now known to compete with some of the most prestigious competitions around the world such as Cannes, Monte Carlo, and many others.

The fireworks festival is one of the biggest held on the Belgium coast and is an ideal ending to the summer holidays for both the locals and thousands of tourists that visit each year.

The competition is fierce with only 4 places up for grabs, some of the world’s best fireworks manufacturers and firers pull out all the stops to make sure that they get a chance at taking part in hope to the win the big award.

Each competitor is marked on a certain assessment criterion this is on colour, synchronisation, harmony, and originality. The competitors are judged by a jury made up of local celebrities, sponsors, artists and professional firework technicians and even the audience have a chance to vote.

This year’s competitors are as follows:

Friday 17th August – Fantasias – France
Sunday 19th August – Makalu Fireworks – Czech Republic
Tuesday 21st August – Panzera Fireworks – Italy
Thursday 23rd August – Surex Fireworks – Poland
Saturday 25th August – Prize Ceremony & Closing show by HC Pyrotechnics (not included in the competition)

The final day is for pure entertainment and to crown the winners with a firework spectacular in the evening synchronised to a specially chosen piece of music.

Just to get you in the mood and to show you what kind of performance the competitors need to put on why not take a look at 2017 winners show SteyFire from Austria.

Good Luck from Epic Fireworks to all the competitors!

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PYROMAGIC FIREWORK COMPETITION

WHAT: PYROMAGIC – POLAND
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: SZCZECIN, POLAND
WHEN: AUGUST 10TH AND 11TH AUGUST 2018
COST: FREE

This weekend sees the biggest firework competition in Poland getting under way with some of the best professional firing teams battling it out for supremacy in the skies over the beautiful City of Szczecin.

Competing this year are representatives from the Philippines, Romania, Poland and the UK will be represented by the fabulous team from Pyrotex Fireworx who have, over the last couple of years, won some of the biggest competitions in the World including the Philippine International Pyrotechnic Competition, Knokke Heist, Monaco and Hannover to name just a handful.

FRIDAY NIGHT
22.20 PYROEVENTS – TEMEXON, ROMANIA
23.00 PLATINUM FIREWORKS – PHILIPPINES

SATURDAY NIGHT
22.20 – PYROTEX FIREWORX – BURTON ON TRENT, STAFFORDSHIRE, UK
23.15 – SUREX FIREWORKS – POLAND

There will be a full entertainment programme throughout the day featuring live music, film and water-based sports and entertainment.

Good luck to Pyrotex for Saturday Night.

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