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Fireworks To End Festival

Now in its fourth year, Farnham Creates will bring together more people, places and ideas over the month of May, inspiring new audiences to get creative and get involved.
On Saturday, May 9, Farnham Maltings will kick off the celebrations with a one-day festival. This year, events will ‘spread’ from the Maltings, along the river and into Gostrey Meadows.
At the Maltings, activities will take place in every space, from the Great Hall to the car park – from food and drink, live music, theatre and dance to children’s workshops, face-painting, comedy, a barn dance and much more. The festival will start at 11am and finish with a grand firework finale at 10.30pm. Gostrey Meadow will host market stalls, entertainment, food and drink. There will also be the grand opening of the new bandstand, as well as theatre, belly dancing and drumming. And as part of the festival, having received funding from the National Lottery’s Awards For All scheme, local groups have been working with artists to produce giant sculpture, pottery, textile collage and ‘a show for one in the smallest theatre in the world’. Their creations will be showcased at venues across Farnham, forming a ‘town trail’. A printed guide and volunteers will be available on the day to help people explore these spaces. Throughout May, Farnham Creates will continue, as venues across the town deliver a programme of exhibitions, music festivals, workshops and more. Highlights include an ‘Arts Car Boot Sale’ at Potters Gate School and the Secret Gardens Music Festival.
And of course, what festival would be complete without the fireworks!

Thunder Over Louisville draws 700,000

A near-record crowd early at Thunder Over Louisville remained at a “near-record” level for one of the largest fireworks shows in the country at yesterday’s opening act of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

An estimated 600,000 people had arrived by 6 p.m. for Thunder Over Louisville’s air show, and grew to an estimated 700,000 as the thunderous jets gave way to the thunder and lightning of fireworks as darkness fell.

It was one of the three largest crowds during the 20 years of Thunder, organizers said. The largest was estimated at 800,000 people, in 2007 and 1997.

The day started with the air show, in which about 85 mostly military aircraft buzzed Waterfront Park.

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, now in his 20th year as leader of the city, has attended every Thunder.

“This has become the premier family event for this region of the country,” Abramson said.


Puttur Bedi – Western India Fireworks Delight 1000s

‘Puttur Bedi,’ a show of fireworks, which is traditionally held on the last day of the week-long annual car festival of ancient Mahatobhara Malaingeshwara Temple in Western India, was held on the night of Friday April 17. Children and elders alike, who had been eagerly awaiting this grand celebration, watched in awe and elation, as colourful firecrackers carved out designs in the sky and made different noises.

The car festival of the temple, one of the oldest in the region, believed to have been built in the twelfth century, was given initiation on April 1 with ‘Gone Muhoorta’. The festival started on April 10, with the ‘Dhwajarohana’ ritual. Since a week, processions of the Lord’s idol were taken around. After the ‘Devarabali’ ritual in the morning on Friday, the beautifully decorated chariot of the Lord was pulled at night. This was followed by ‘Puttur Bedi’. A fantastic fireworks display that was greeted with song and cheer.