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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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BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS FIREWORK VIDEOS

Last night saw the first three teams take to the skies over Plymouth Hoe in an attempt to win the British Firework Championships 2018.

Firing last night was Fuse Fireworks from Nottinghamshire, Fully Fused from Bedfordshire and UK Fireworks Company from London who all took full advantage of the beautiful setting over the water on the Hoe preceded by a stunning sunset.

The event was first held in 1997 and today represents one of the biggest and fiercely fought competitions of the UK firework event calendar.

Tonight will see Smart Pyrotechnics, Phoenix Fireworks, and Illusion Fireworks take centre stage in their attempt to win the coveted prize. However, the news is that the weather may cause some issues as rain is expected in the area from 9pm – 11pm.

If you are in the area, remember to get there early and getting away from the Hoe can be a challenge because of the numbers of spectators so allow a considerable amount of time to leave.

Below is the fireworks video from lasts nights first 3 teams.

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WORCESTER FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: WORCESTER FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: LOCAL ARTS, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL
WHEN: SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST 2018 – MONDAY 27TH AUGUST 2018
WHERE: WORCESTER – IN AND AROUND THE CITY
COST: SOME ACTIVITIES CARRY A FEE

The Worcester Festival will run for 16-days including the August Bank Holiday as this annual event, which has been running for over a decade gets underway.

It is not just an Arts, Drama or Music festival but rather an amalgamation of all of them under one heading. Organised by Worcester Live Charitable trust, an independent company which runs the local Swan Theatre, Huntingdon Hall (the regions premier music venue and Henry Sandon Hall (arts venue).

The activities on offer include:

• DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE ART
• LIVE MUSIC
• ARTS AND CRAFTS
• EXHIBITIONS
• FILM
• HORTICULTURE
• BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL
• HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENTS

On the Bank Holiday Monday there is a fabulous firework display on behalf of St Richards Hospice which can be seen across the City by the professional display team responsible for Hogmanay and London NYE fireworks; Titanium Fireworks.

Worcester Festival Fireworks

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