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CANNES INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL

WHAT: CANNES INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: BAIE DE CANNES, LA CROISETTE, CANNES, FRANCE
WHEN: VARIOUS DATES FROM 14TH JULY – 24TH AUGUST 2018
COST: FREE FROM AREAS AROUND THE BAY

There are few places synonymous with wealth and beauty, but Cannes must be one of them. Cannes is the quintessential playboy paradise with sun and sea and on the stunning French Riviera. Known for its luxury hotels and the area has been used to influence the film industry creating fantastic films like Ronin, Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief and the compelling French Connection to name but a few.

This event has been running for over 50 years now and continues to delight and amaze the gathered spectators today. There is a rich mix of pyro companies taking part in this year’s competition which will bring the best of the best to battle it out filling the skies over the azure blue waters of the Med. The Bay lies between Iles de Levine and La Pointe de L’Esterel and they are competing this year for the Silver Vestale.

The pyro is set up and fired from 3 barges in the Bay some 400 metres from the seafront. Each team is tasked with creating a 25-minute display choreographed to music. The judges will allocate the scores for each of the competing teams according to these rules:

Music and firework conception: originality and quality of the pyrotechnics
The soundtrack- quality and originality
The synchronisation – the precision timing between the bursts/breaks/effects and the cadence of the music track
General artistic impression – each juror will note their personal impressions and compare notes at the end

The teams competing and the dates they will be displaying on are as follows:

14TH JULY 2018 – SUREX – POLAND

21ST JULY 2018 – ARTVENTURA – FRANCE

29TH JULY 2018 – JUPITER – ARGENTINA

7TH AUGUST 2018 – ALPHA PYRO – FRANCE

15TH AUGUST 2018 – JOHO PYRO – FINLAND

24TH AUGUST 2018 – DRAGON FIREWORKS – PHILIPPINES

The jury awarded the Vestale D’ Argent 2017 to Patrick Brault from Alpha Pyrotechnie and the Jury Prize 2017 to Joven Ngo from Dragon Fireworks which was absolutely beautiful with clear crisp colours and effects throughout.

The support team is on the ball when it comes to clearing up after the event with a boat which goes out and clears up all the remnants of expired floating shells which are floating on the water and the next day a specialist team cleans up the seabed.

A couple of the teams have actually picked up awards at this event previously, so they will all be bringing their ‘A’ game. Jupiter won the silver vestal in 2015 and at the same competition, Surex picked up the jury’s prize.

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CANNES INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL

WHAT: CANNES INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2016
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: 14TH JULY 2016 – 24TH AUGUST 2016
WHERE: THE CROISETTE, CANNES, FRANCE
COST: FREE

This is the 48th running of the magnificent pyrotechnic art festivals which began back in 1967.

Who amongst the international masters of firework art will lift the coveted Silver Vestal d’ Argent or the Prix du Public (Audience Vote) this year. The Silver Vestale is competed for annually and then there is a champion of champions’ events once every four years to compete for the Gold Vestale. The Vestale is named after Vesta, the goddess of fire and Zeus’ sister and a fire was kept alight at all times by six virgin princesses who were called the ‘Vestales’.

‘To paint or make war’ were the options said to be available to the makers of gunpowder/black powder. Fortunately, whilst very brave and talented people, pyro-heads love fireworks; the colours, sounds and effects so expect the exotic and the remarkable.

Each display team is charged with creating a display lasting a minimum of 25 minutes before the 200,000 spectators packing the 400m seafront promenade. There are a few rules and regulations in place which ensure that all competitors are given the same opportunity to reach the pinnacle of their game.

The pyro is fired at sea from 3 barges which are positioned around 400m offshore and 180m away from the next nearest competing team’s set up and all effects must be aerial/aquatic.

One of the areas regarding this event which stands out for me is the organizers attention to ensuring that the Bay is kept in its usual pristine condition at all times. Immediately after the displays have been fired, a special boat goes and collects all the floating detritus and the following day a specialist team clears the seabed of any remaining waste.

Teams competing, the dates and themes are as follows:

Thursday 14th July 2016 – Pirotecnia Reyes (Mexico)
Theme: Mexico through its history

The company was established in 1910 by Don Manuel Reyes Rodriguez and in 1911, Manuel Reyes Solano left school at the tender age of 12 to join the family firework business and the company has continued in the care of the same family, through the generations, for over a century.

Thursday 21st July 2016 – Pyroemotions (Italy)
Theme: Life is Beautiful

Life is a gift – let’s fully appreciate it and the Italians believe that a good pyromusical show has the ability to connect the hearts, minds and souls of the massively diverse audience. This team has lifted and incredible number of awards and accolades, including Silver in Monaco in 2015, Gold at Pyronale (Berlin) in 2014 and Gold in Montreal in 2013 to name just a few.

Friday 29th July 2016 – Joho Pyro (Finland)
Theme: Conquering the rough Northern seas

The business was established in 2004 by Johan Hollande on a little island just off the coast of Finland. The theme is largely about the power and influence of the Northern seas on the coastline of Finland and its life giving energy. The seas around Finland are mainly the North, Baltic and Bering Sea’s. 40% of the country’s industry relates to the sea with shipping, fishing etc at the top of the list. The people of Finland, like their Nordic ancestry would suggest are connected to the sea ‘by the brine in their veins.

Sunday 7th August 2016 – Arteventia (France)
Theme: Abracadabra The music

The team was established in 2013 and whilst the company is still relatively young, they continue to gain experience.

Magic is both fascinating and scary and this show will take the audience into the world of abracadabra magic; dynamic, emotional and set to engage the spectators, with beautiful colours and effects and of course a magical soundtrack to boot.

Monday 15th August 2016 – Howard & Sons (Australia)
Theme: Pyrophoric Symphony

The word ‘pyrophoric’ comes from the Greek word for fire-bearing. This display will take the audience along on a special journey through beautiful symphonic pieces with pyrotechnics to create the perfect combination. Howard & Sons are the suppliers of the pyrotechnics to Disneyland and Disneyworld.

Wednesday 24th August 2016 – Flash Barrandov (Czech Republic)
Theme: Straight to the Heart

The company was established in 1994, as an independent company, having worked for a number of years as part of the fast growing film industry for SFX, armoury for film, snow and atmospheric effects. This team have taken Europe by storm over the last 10 years in particular with wins at some of the biggest firework competition events in Europe including Herrenhausen, Szczecin and Cannes. The company today runs the Ignis Brunensis competition in the beautiful Czech Republic.

The theme is the bringing together of music and fire creating a joyful duet to this music which covers all the emotions from love and romance to eroticism and sensitivity. The team aim to capture the hearts of their visitors and take them on a journey of discovery.

Good luck to all the competitors and we look forward to bringing you the result in due course.

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Cannes International Fireworks Festival 2014

WHAT: ‘Cannes International Fireworks Festival 2014’ also known as the ‘Festival of Cannes Pyrotechnic Art’
WHERE: City of Cannes, France
VENUE: Bay of Cannes
WHEN: Wednesday 9th July, Monday 14th July, Monday 21st July, Tuesday 29th July, Thursday 7th August, Friday 15th August and Sunday 24th August 2014

2014 marks this year as a Champion of Champions event bringing together the previous winners to battle it out to become supreme champion and take away the Vestale d’or, one of the World’s most fiercely fought competitions.

The display teams competing have won either the ‘Vestale d’ argent’ and the ‘judges prize’ over the last three years.

COMPETING TEAMS:

WEDNESDAY 9TH JULY 2014 – 10:00PM
Firework Group Baku – Azerbaijan

MONDAY 14TH JULY 2014 – 10:00PM
Morsani Pirotecnia – ITALY

MONDAY 21ST JULY 2014 – 10:00PM
Zaragozana Pirotecnia – SPAIN

TUESDAY 29TH JULY 2014 – 10:00PM
Vaccalluzzo Pirotecnia – ITALY

THURSDAY 7TH AUGUST 2014 – 10:00PM
Pyragric – FRANCE

FRIDAY 15TH AUGUST 2014 – 10:00PM
Pyro Magic – HONG KONG

SUNDAY 24TH AUGUST 2014 – 10:00PM
Khan – RUSSIA

The festival itself offers the option of ‘to paint or make war’ encouraging those who are the masters of this particular art form to use the sky as a canvas and let their creativity know no bounds in their attempts to ‘out fire’ the competition with a huge firework display to beat the others.

Some of the biggest names in the fireworks industry have displayed in Cannes over the years, including Flash Barrandov of the Czech Republic, Weco Feuerwerk from Germany, Parente Fireworks of Italy and the brilliant Kimbolton Fireworks from the UK.

The festival has been running since 1967 and the Bay of Cannes has been synonymous with every aspect of fireworks from colour and sound to technicality and novelty effects. The selected teams are tasked with presenting a 25-minute showcase of the best of all fireworks, new and old favourites whilst adhering to the strict formats including the size and power of the products they are permitted to use and ensuring their choreography is spot on. The shows will be set up on the barges anchored approximately 400 metres off shore and well spaced to ensure that the best and most sky filling spectacular will be seen by all spectators.

The firework displays starts at approximately 10.00pm, our advice is to get there as early as possible and avoid the mad rush, in the past, crowds of 200,000 (YES, two hundred thousand) people have attended. For those of you that fancy something different, might want to view the display from a boat, out at sea.

We would of course like to wish everyone the best of luck in the competition and we will of course bring you news of the winner in early September.

The teaser video below is from last years amazing competition.

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