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RINGING IN 2018 WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD

RINGING IN 2018 WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD

The UK fireworks were of course beautiful but how did the rest of them do? Of course, being in the Northern Hemisphere and a good 12 hours plus behind in reaching the magical midnight hour, we thought you might enjoy a bit of a run down of some of the best and worst fireworks for New Year from the rest of the World.

Here is a quick look around the world as it happened:

NEW ZEALAND – The first up of the big display specialists is usually New Zealand. The launch site for the majority of their pyro is from the iconic Sky Tower which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. The display was under the control of 6 specialist pyrotechnicians who took 350 hours to set up on site. There were 3000 shots fired during the 6 minute show and a really pretty laser countdown but I have seen many awesome displays both from around the world and of course closer to home for celebrations but before 30,000 visitors, it was, in my opinion a little lacklustre.

AUSTRALIA – There was a countdown in the centre of the bridge which was truly captivating, and the fireworks were nothing short of breath-taking. Clean, crisp, precise and lots and lots of pyro going up with some MASSIVE ghost shells.

Although the firing sites were widely spread (bearing in mind that Sydney Harbour is 55km squared) there was still a level of symmetry that some of the other countries could learn a thing or two from. Lengthy, beautiful and above all a magical welcome to 2018 from Australia.

SOUTH KOREA – This beautiful little country had just a small smattering of pyrotechnics, launched from the Lotte World Tower, the 5th tallest building in the world.

NORTH KOREA – Now to the other end of the spectrum, the fireworks for the capital Pyongyang were very good indeed. This has to be one of the most talked about countries in the World at the moment and the leader is nothing short of crackers but the fireworks provided some much needed joy for the gathered crowds and were surprisingly understated, precise and actually very pretty indeed.

HONG KONG – The display in Victoria Harbour is sponsored by the Hong Kong tourism board and of course being the home of fireworks great things were expected. It started out as a number have this year with as laser show. When the midnight hour struck, there was a rousing sing along to auld lang syne.

The pyrotechnics were beautiful and at the outset all was precise and symmetrical but after a while it was just pure mayhem with all manner of effects being launched randomly at the same time. It was reported that the fireworks were the responsibility of a European firework specialist which appeared a little odd, given the location. Whilst it most certainly brought the new year in with a huge bang, it was not uniform enough for my personal taste so it is not amongst my favourites.

BANGLADESH – Given the economy of the country, nationally sponsored fireworks are quite probably very low on the list but Bangladeshi’s have a never say die attitude. New Years eve was an event which displayed their spirit and warm appreciation as they set off what looked like a couple of dozen of our big rockets to loud and rapturous applause.

INDIA – The site for the New Year celebrations in India was the All India War Memorial (AKA India Gate), built in memory of all the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in WW1.

The display started with a laser show projected onto the facia of the memorial and showed images of their sacred animals, the mountains and of course all the beautiful colours of India. The familiar sound of Dholi drums can be heard throughout along with spontaneous applause. Titanium salutes followed by slow falling bright white comets lit up the gate before huge shell bursts filled the skies with a crescendo of explosions – lovely!

MOSCOW – There are few prettier places to see than Moscow’s Red Square and the stunning St Basils Cathedral. The fireworks were beautiful and clearly from the sound of the partying and merrymaking, a good night was had by one and all. Absolutely stunning shell breaks but they were only launching for around 5 minutes but the end brocades of falling golden willows was awesome and no smoke!

GERMANY – The site for the celebrations over in Germany was the infamous Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The gate has seen its fair share of worrisome historical events as well as the scene of massive change and hope following the unification of Germany in 1989. Today, the Brandenburg Gate is seen as the centre of peace and unity of the people of Germany and Europe.

The pyro was rich and varied and most certainly more impressive than some of the bigger countries with more than just the usual spherical shell breaks making for an entertaining display. The site was easy enough as it is at the bottom of a straight avenue and the structure of course, square which lends itself better to achieving a beauty and symmetry difficult in other countries. Well done Germany – lovely display.

A great start to 2018 and a very Happy New Year to everyone.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE 2018

Fancy something other than the norm to let the new year in 2018?

Here at epic fireworks we have had a look around and handpicked what we think maybe some of the best places and events to visit this to let your new year start off with a bang!

LONDON
We know we said somewhere different, but we are British after all and loyalty starts at home and all that; London continues to draw in tens of thousands of people with more and more areas being opened each year.

Thousands can now gather in different viewpoints around the city and along the Thames to listen for the iconic BIG Ben Bells and perhaps sneak in a quick selfie then stand back in awe of the one of the largest fireworks display in the World spread along the Thames, Big Ben and the London Eye all getting a piece of the action. The final batch of tickets is due to go on sale during the first week of December so if you are still looking for some, keep vigilant as they will be available for long.

SYDNEY
With Sydney been the first of the major cities to let the new year in and as it is considered to be one of the best they must make sure that every year tops the last, as they know that majority of the world will be watching them.

This year they are putting on some pre-show entertainment starting at 6pm on near the waterside with a tugboat delivering some fantastic water displays and after this a welcoming ceremony for all to see.

The first of the two fireworks display’s takes place at 9pm for all the families and people with young children not to miss out on the evening. Then the main event begins with the iconic opera house and Sydney harbour bridge as the backdrop to over 5000 different effects colours and sounds. This waterside extravaganza is not to be missed and is definitely one on the bucket list.

LAS VEGAS
Known for being the city that never sleeps; this has never been truer than on New Year’s Eve. All the Las Vegas strip is opened, and the biggest open-air party can begin with thousands of locals and holidaymakers wandering around celebrating the new year. If you want to get in out of the cold, there are various hotels that offer places, but these do start closing the doors at 11pm so plan ahead to ensure that you get a place.

On the stroke of midnight, over 80 thousand different fireworks are released into the skyline, all beautifully choreographed to music providing a one of a kind display for all to see.

RIO DE JANEIRO
NYE is the biggest event to happen in Rio after the carnival so there are plenty of things to do.

Get the party started early and dance along to some of the many live bands; join the tradition of casting flowers into the sea to honour the goddess Yemanja or simply join in the revelry. Everyone wears white as this said to bring good luck to them in the new coming year.
Catch a glimpse of the mile upon mile of barges linked on the water with pyrotechnics all ready for the clock to stroke 12. This is when everyone heads down to the Copacabana beach to take in the hundreds of colourful fireworks lighting up the skies above like a giant rainbow before the after party then starts until sunrise for most.

DUBAI
Dubai is a beautiful and proud nation and they have made massive endeavors in the past to offer up the world’s largest pyrotechnic display from the world’s tallest building. Whether it is the fireworks shooting from the top of the Burj Khalifa or over to the annual display at the Palm Jumeirah all the celebrations in Dubai are beautiful, rich and stylish with beautiful balls or fantastic rooftop restaurant views way up at level 43. You can still, however, head on down to downtown Dubai to the waterfront fountains where you can still get a glimpse of the amazing firework display.

NIAGARA FALLS
How about taking in your fireworks display from a different place completely; above the famous cascades of the waters of Niagara Fall. But if that is not what you fancy they still have plenty going off in and around Queen Victoria park with fun for all the family. All the events are completely free and are going off all the way through December to the build-up of the big event the festival of lights to bring the new year in with a big bang.

EDINBURGH
The iconic Scottish capital’s castle is the backdrop to the main display along with the many of the renowned Hogmanay celebrations that also take place currently; there are light processions, street parties and live music and bands so plenty to do in and around the City of Edinburgh before the midnight bells strike and the spectacular fireworks surround the cold night skies and the after parties and celebrations begin.

BERLIN
One of the biggest street parties in Europe in celebrated between Brandenburg gate and Victoria column in Berlin. Each year millions of people descend on the city to join in the al fresco festivities entertained by with live bands, laser shows and DJs as well as an abundance of food and drink concessions to add to the atmosphere. The main fireworks event is a mixture of homemade firework demo’s and full on displays and the mixture of the two creates a one off spectacular vision of colour and sound.

PARIS
Even at new year the most romantic City in the World appears to put a romantic spin on its celebrations to welcome the New Year in. The myriad of coloured lasers and pyrotechnics illuminating the top of Notre Dame Cathedral to the channels of the picturesque River Seine there is light all around. The best shows of all are on the streets of the 8th arrondissement where the displays are judged in order to win the right to the fireworks displays for the following year’s Bastille day in the city.

Wherever you choose to spend your New Year, whether it is over in Las Vegas or ‘Skeg Vegas’ have a great time from all at Epic Fireworks.

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