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GLOBALFEST FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2015

WHAT: GLOBALFEST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2015
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL / COMPETITION
WHERE: ELLISTON PARK, CALGARY, CANADA
WHEN: 20th TO 29th AUGUST 2015

This annual event began in 1993 following the formation of The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society but the search for a suitable venue which could have the fireworks and still host the numbers of visitors anticipated.

The quest continued for 10 years and in 2003, the inaugural Globalfest International Fireworks Festival got underway much to the delight of the tens of thousands of spectators.

Today, the event is co-sponsored by Trico Homes and has continued to grow into one of the biggest events in the Calgary calendar.

The fireworks are set over the Lake at Elliston Park for the 2015 Champion of Champions event where world-class teams from around the World all compete to lift the trophy as they have all won here at least once.

The competitors are as follows:

CHINA – THURSDAY 20Tth AUGUST
PHILIPPINES – SATURDAY 22nd AUGUST
SPAIN – TUESDAY 25th AUGUST
USA – THURSDAY 27th AUGUST
CANADA ***FINALE*** SATURDAY 29th AUGUST

Adjudicators will be keeping their eyes peeled as each contestant wows the crowd with their own interpretation of what they feel is the best display. Judges will take into consideration when marking:

The quality of the display.
The scope of the work undertaken.
The richness and brightness and use of the colours.
Synchronisation of the music and fireworks.
Originality, choice of music & staging of the display.
25% of the music featured MUST originate from the firers own country.
Use of the compulsory piece (to be announced) all competitors will have to feature in the demonstration.

The strict guidelines the teams have to adhere to, makes this a unique event not seen anywhere else in the world. An added bonus at this event is the firing position which looks to mirror the display on to the lake below, doubling the beautiful scenes for the expectant spectators.

Along with the usual concessions, there are a number of things for the children to do including bouncy castle, trampolines, face painting and arts and crafts.

Tickets for the event start at $20 (Canadian) for one day’s access to the park, with tickets still available from $75 for admission to all the teams.

As yet the officials have not told us of which teams from the competing countries will take up the banner for their national pride, but we will let you know as soon as we do.

Not able to attend? Enjoy the finale from last year’s event at Globalfest 2014.

L’International des Feux Loto-Québec 2015

WHAT: L’INTERNATIONAL DES FEUX LOTO-QUÉBEC
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROTECHNIC COMPETITION
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 1st JULY 2015 – SATURDAY 1st AUGUST 2015
WHERE: LA RONDE AMUSEMENT PARK, MONTREAL, CANADA
COST: AVAILABLE FROM THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

This is the biggest event in the fireworks calendar for Canada and teams have been competing against one another since the inaugural event in 1985 as this year sees the teams compete in the 31st edition of the Montreal International Fireworks Competition.

The displays take place on a number of Wednesday’s and Saturday’s throughout the month of July and the finale from non competing team will see it closed on 1st August 2015.

The teams will display for 30 minutes and will show the best of their abilities to the judges who will determine, after seeing all the teams displays, which of them best captured their imaginations and took them on a journey into the night sky.

Each of the teams have already submitted their theme, musical selections for authorisation and the jury, on display day, will be looking at the following aspects of their efforts:

Quality of displayThe overall look of the display, checking for dark sky moments amongst misfires etc and the impact they have.

Variety of StyleThis is simply ensuring that the quality of the products used are rich and varied with lots of style and colour.

SynchronicityThe judges check to ensure that the pyro and music are in harmony with one another – it would be a little pointless to have super loud titanium bursts to a lullaby! (although, I would imagine some would disagree).

Pyromusical conceptThis checks on the originality and artistry of the display in conjunction with the music selection. The judges always give additional marks for innovative new concepts and ideas which draw their attention.

OverallPoints are awarded as a whole from concept to music and effects and their complete impact on the showcase.

Here are the competitors, the date of their display, the country they represent and the theme:

Wednesday 1st July 2015 – Non competitive firework display – B E M Feux d artifices – Theme: Salute our troops

Saturday 4th July 2015 – England – Jubilee Fireworks
Theme: Vivre la difference

Saturday 11th July 2015 – Italy – APE Parente Fireworks – Theme: Pyro rock n roll

Wednesday 15th July 2015 – Canada – Archangel Fireworks Inc – Theme: Armageddon

Saturday 18th July 2015 – Hong Kong – China – Vulcan Fireworks – Theme: On the road again

Saturday 25th July 2015 – USA – Rozzis Famous Fireworks – Theme: The seasons of life

Wednesdays 29th July 2015 – France – Artifices J C O – Theme: Dynamite Circus

Saturday 1st August 2015 – Non competitive closing Souza La Ronde display – Theme: Tribute to Madonna

As you can see detailed, representing the UK is the formidable team from Jubilee Fireworks who have won some of the industry’s highest accolades including The British Firework Championships in Plymouth, The World Firework Championships in Blackpool as well as international acclaim in winning the Philippines International Pyrotechnic Competition, Knokke Heist and Monaco to name just a few. However, they are up against some of the best in the World so no easy task but the very best of luck to all involved and we sincerely hope that everything goes to plan.

Honda Celebration of Light 2015

WHAT: Honda Celebration of Light 2015 – 25 Years Anniversary
WHEN: Saturday 25th July, Wednesday 29th July & Saturday 1st August 2015
WHAT TIME: Open from 2.00pm & Fireworks at 10:00pm
WHERE: English Bay, Vancouver, Canada
COST: FREE and licensed ticketed areas

Since its inauguration in 1990, the Celebration of Light event in Vancouver has thrilled and amazed whole generations of firework lovers from across the globe. It is the longest running offshore event of its kind.

Over a three night spectacular, three of the best in the World will battle it out for supremacy to be crowned winner 25th anniversary edition of the Celebration of Light.

Each of the teams competing has a wealth of knowledge between them and here is your starting line up:

Saturday 25th July 2015 – First to fire are the Team China. Team Lidu are one of the premier display teams in China earning them a top ten place in the Country, They have competing representing the Republic of China on a number of occasions and never fail to achieve a wow factor. They have promised to fill the night sky with light from a show to remember.

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – Next to show their wares are Team Brazil in this case being represented by the fantastic Group Vision Show who recently competed at the massive Philippine International Pyromusical Competition. Having checked out the footage from previous displays this team will certainly add lots of bright colour and symmetry to the table.

Saturday 1st August 2015 – Last but by no means least is the team from Canada represented this year by Archangel Fireworks who have won the event a number of times over the years. Hailing from Winnipeg, this team have the gunpowder prowess to take this competition onto the next level.

The scoring is out of 100 and the points are awarded in the following areas:

SIZE OF SHOW 10 POINTS
DESIGN OF ARTISTRY 30 POINTS
SYNCHRONICITY 20 POINTS
EFFECTS 15 POINTS
SOUNDTRACK 15 POINTS
QUALITY OF PRODUCTS 10 POINTS

The judges can deduct 5 points from any of the represented teams for poor/unsafe/untidy installation techniques.

The competition will go on rain or shine and there is entertainment on site for all the family from 2:00pm on each of the display days.

The fireworks are actually wholly set up and fired from barges in English Bay so they are well away from the viewers and ready to entertain the 400,000 spectators lining the banks.

Good luck to all the competitors and we will be sure to bring you all the news of the outcome of the competition later in the Year.

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