WHAT: STARS AND THUNDER WHY: MUSIC FESTIVAL FEATURING FIREWORKS WHERE: HOLLINGER PARK, FRED SAVAGE FIELD, TIMMINS, ONTARIO, CANADA WHEN: 24TH JUNE 2018 – 1ST JULY 2018 COST: PRICES VARY – SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS
There is little that says that Summer is well and truly here than when the music festival information comes to light. In this instance, Canada really does know how to put on an event in style with a huge number of live performance acts, food, fun, and fireworks.
The stage will be graced by more than 40 acts during the 8-day period including World Class recording artists Bryan Adams and The Beach Boys. The music will appeal to a wide audience with a mixture of Rock and Country styles along with one or two soul singers.
The capacity of the venue is 23,000 and generally, the tickets sell out quickly and the fireworks will be held on various nights during the event.
Representing the countries showing their pyrotechnic prowess are the following:
• TEAM CANADA – DAVID WHYSALL INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS
• TEAM FINLAND – OY PYROMAN FINLAND LTD
• TEAM BRAZIL – FIREWORKS FOR BRAZIL
• TEAM CHINA – CELEBRATION FIREWORKS
The team from Canada are David Whysall International Fireworks which have lifted awards from some of the most fiercely fought competitions in the world including Globalfest, the World Firework Championships in Blackpool, Da Nang in Vietnam and in Malaysia. The team is also responsible for the beautiful displays throughout the year over the stunning Niagara Falls.
Opening times for the venue change so check for details before setting out to the event and there are a huge number of food and drink concession stalls dotted around the venue with 3 in the VIP area and a further 13 serving everything from pulled pork to pretzels.
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.
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.
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.
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.