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IGNIS BRUNENSIS FIREWORKS 2018

WHAT: IGNIS BRUNENSIS 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: CASTLE SPILBERK & BRNO DAM
WHEN: 2ND, 6TH, 9TH AND 13TH JUNE 2018

This year has a couple of special events going on in and around the Czech Republic in celebration of the creation of the Republic’s 100th anniversary so the international firework competition was bound to include a nod to this incredible country and its people.

Ignis Brunensis

There are teams competing from around Europe including Surex Fireworks from Poland, Pyro Events from Romania and Lux Factory from France who will all create a 17-minute display, choreographed to music. In acknowledgement of the anniversary of the country, the teams will also have to include a 2-minute piece from renowned Czech composer Antonin Dvorak.

This is the 21st edition of the event which has been gracing the skies over this beautiful and magical place since it first started in 1998 as a non-competitive event.

Ignis Brunensis 2014

When you consider that the event brings over 100,000 spectators to the event, you can only imagine the organisation involved but it continues to delight and thrill old and young alike, year on year. Of course, it is not just about the fireworks but is also the start of the ‘Summer Season’ for the people of the Czech Republic and includes, therefore, a great deal of the Bohemian culture in the celebrations.

Last year, the winning team were Pirotecnia Ricardo Caballer from Valencia, Spain with the themes “Magic Dreams”.

The events are as follows:

• Saturday 2nd June 2018 – the prelude
• Wednesday 6th June 2018 – competition 1
• Saturday 9th June 2018 – competition 2
• Wednesday 13th June 2018 – finale competition

The event will put the best of the best from Europe up against one another.

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ARLEY HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2018

WHAT: ARLEY HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2018
WHY: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS EVENT 2018
WHERE: ARLEY HALL, NORTHWICH, CHESHIRE
WHEN: SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2018

The venue for the final event in the Firework Champions calendar takes place in the gorgeous Cheshire Countryside at Arley Hall.

Arley Hll is a ‘Jacobethan’ style mansion which was built by the Warburton family on lands owned by them since the early part of the 12th century and the building was erected between 1832 – 1845. Set in around 12 acres of grounds including formal gardens, woodland etc, the house overlooks it all. The gardens are considered to be some of the finest in the country having been carefully planted and developed over the past 250 years.

The Hall today is used widely for weddings and corporate events alongside film and TV production for the likes of the fabulous Peaky Blinders and Harley was the sad setting for the funeral of Deirdre Barlow of Coronation Street in 2015.

The Hall and gardens are open to the public on Tuesdays and Sundays between March and October as well as the Bank Holidays. There are special events on periodically too including the Spirit of the Horse event in early June which features horses dancing, choreographed to music.

MAGIC AND MIRACLES – STAPLEFORD, NOTTINGHAM
This team competed at Newby Hall in 2016 and their display was bursting with bright colour but there were a few rogue items which did impact on the cleanliness of the show (in the opening sequence in particular) but when their second track started, there were a couple of tailed spinning comets which screeched in perfect timing to the music.

This venue is a little bigger and perhaps having got the first competition nerves out of the way, they will relax, sit back and bring home the silverware this time around. Using the Fire One firing system this is set to be an exciting and memorable display. Best of luck Magic and Miracles.

HUNAN DREAM FIREWORKS LTD – LUIYANG, CHINA
Well then … this is a first to my knowledge … this team hail from the firework capital of the world; Liuyang in the Hunan province of China.

The company sell within Asia, Europe, Africa and the USA and have been fortunate enough to put on displays for heads of state, leading international companies alongside competing at the huge Changsha Orange Show in which 50 teams compete so this should be a walk in the park.

As an unknown quantity, this team will be the one to watch and we are certain to see beautiful new firework designs and effects on show as this might be the best place to market their goods and the Chinese never knowingly miss an opportunity to network!

Good luck to the team from China and I for one cannot wait to see what they bring to the display.

STAR FIREWORKS – BRACKNELL, BERKSHIRE
The company was established in 1971 and have never looked back. A professional display team who are at the very top of their game with a heaving orders book.

Clients include top UK companies like M & S, Waitrose, BMW and concert fireworks for The Rolling Stones, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the beautiful and talented Christina Aguilera.

Using the Fire One system, the team won at the British Firework Championships in Plymouth in 2010 which gave them the opportunity to fire at the Champion of Champs event in 2012 but due to appalling weather conditions, this had to be postponed until 2013. Fortunately, they were able to beat the others to the silverware on their return.

Once all the display teams have finished their run, it will be the time to sit back and enjoy the host team from MLE Pyrotechnics showing off their considerable skills whilst the votes are cast and counted. Matt and the team from MLE spend the afternoon chatting to the crowds and there is the chance to ask the burning questions before the displays begin.

There is onsite camping once again for those of you with tents, caravans etc close to the venue by the lake.

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UK FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS 2018

WHAT: UK FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS 2018
WHY: FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHERE: CATTON HALL, CATTON PARK, CATTON, WALTON UPON TRENT, DE12 8LN
WHEN: SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018 – GATES OPEN FROM 12PM – FIREWORKS STARTS AT 8PM

The UK festival of fireworks is held annually and is organized by Jubilee fireworks.

Catton Hall is the venue for what is known as the UK’s largest fireworks extravaganza. Witness the skies dark blank canvas set alight as 4 different companies on the fireworks industry put on their own musical pyrotechnic displays with something for all the family to enjoy.

The festival offers the opportunity to experience some fantastic and out of this world examples of firework art. Normally, in competition, the teams are bound by certain rules to what they can and can’t do but in the UK fireworks festival, each of the display companies are free to show off their own design talents in any matter that they choose, making this festival unique and one of a kind every year.

The gates to the festival open from 12pm with the main displays starting from 8pm onwards.

We advise to turn up early to get your prime viewing spot and get set up for the evening ahead.

You can bring along your own little afternoon tea or picnics or if you would like something different you can choose to sample some of the wide range of food and drink down at the food fair.

Catton Hall, however, does not accept or allow any pets, BBQs, garden flares, ball games or any personal fireworks on the site (this includes sparklers I’m afraid). But there is plenty on offer to eat and drink and do at the festival itself for you not to need these items.

Last years event saw the introduction of the steam rally, a collection of full size and miniature vintage steam engines and vehicles for any enthusiasts out there, and we believe this is the same this year.

The Teams:

FUSE FIREWORKS – RETFORD
With the mission statement for the company been “making people happy with fireworks” you know that the young and dynamic company run by husband and wife team are going to put on a jaw-dropping performance.

The company has entertained on both small and large scales and some of the lists of clients include Wembley Park, Flamingo Land, Alexandra’s Palace and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Using the most up to date systems of firing the company ensures that the shows they put on are the cutting edge on design and modern pyrotechnics.

FULLY FUSED FIREWORKS – BEDFORDSHIRE
With over 30 years’ experience in the business, Fully Fused fireworks is an event management company that excels in the production as well as management on all events they range from parties and weddings to indoor and outdoor concerts.

The company and its owner have a glittering cv and some good awards under their belts much as a winning show in Monaco (Monte Carlo) as well as winning many other international firework competitions.

1ST GALAXY – NOTTINGHAM
Known as a well-established supplier of consumer fireworks as well as doing professional displays the team at 1st galaxy have an abundance of experience and have staged some impressive displays not only for the normal public events like bonfire night, Christmas light switch on, new years eve and summer festivals the company has also taken part in “Festival D’Art Pyrotechnique” in Cannes.

As well as doing the displays the company also sells their own exclusive fireworks under the brand “Britannia fireworks” they also sell other brands such as Vulcan and Jorge from both Europe and China.

JUBILEE FIREWORKS – WEST MIDLANDS
Not only are they the company organising the event they are also taking part in the festival as well. The company was formed in 1987 and through the years has now been transformed into becoming a major force in the UK fireworks industry and have a powerful reputation internationally.

They have gained the champion of champions in both musical and traditions national competitions also received some winning medals for international competitions in Manila (Philippines) and Knokke Heist (Belgium). In 2015 the company won the golden Jupiter award in Le International Des Feux Loto Quebec in Montreal Canada adding one of the highest accolades to the trophy cabinet.

With all the companies having a win to their name, the event getting 5-star reviews on last year’s festival you know for definite that you are in for an action-packed, breath-taking, amazing evening.

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