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HERRENHAUSEN FIREWORK COMPETITION 2018

WHAT: HERRENHAUSEN FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHEN: VARIOUS DATES BETWEEN MAY AND SEPTEMBER 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: THE ROYAL GARDENS OF HERRENHAUSEN, HANNOVER, GERMANY
COST: VARIOUS – PLEASE REFER TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR TICKETING INFORMATION

This year marks the 28th International Firework Competition set in the stunning Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen. The event will feature representative World Class teams from around the globe who will battle it out for supremacy in the night skies over Germany.

The competition takes place between May and September annually and is acknowledged as one of the biggest and best in the firework event calendar.

The gardens were created by Sophia of Hanover who was also referred to as Sophia of the Palatinate who was oddly enough the grand-daughter of James I of England (James VI of Scotland) of Gunpowder Plot fame and her mother, Elizabeth, was the one the conspirators were plotting to kidnap once Parliament was destroyed to return the Kingdom to the Catholic faith.

As ‘Great Garden’ might suggest, it is a BIG garden covering an enormous 50 hectares of lawn, hedges, shrubberies and woodland. At the centre of the garden when it was created was Herrenhausen Palace but this was all but destroyed in bombing raids during World War 2.

Last year Surex of Poland lifted the award with an outstanding display which captured the hearts and minds of both the judging panel and the viewing public.

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Competing this year are as follows:

FIREWORK PROFESSIONALS – NEW ZEALAND

This team has been in the business of creating beautiful pyrotechnic displays for more than 40 years. Suppliers of high impact and top-quality pyrotechnics in New Zealand and they are the only full time professional team in the area. They have been responsible for the fireworks for events like Disney on Ice and numerous concerts for some of the biggest names in music like AC/DC. They specialise in pyro-musicals and are passionate about utilising the local musical talent in their displays. I am looking forward to this one to see what they have to offer as we don’t see much from our antipodean neighbours.

SCARPATO PIROTECNIA – ITALY

Founded in the latter part of the 18th century, this family run firm is one of the original Italian Firework families and was the brainchild of Antonio Scarpato Sr. Today, six generations have continued to follow the originators ethos of quality, art, innovation, professional standards, customer service and adherence to the rules and regulations of the firework industry.

They have continued to thrill and enthral both young and old for over 230 years and I am sure that they will continue to do so for many more.

NORTH STAR FIREWORKS – NORWAY

Only founded in 2015 which is a newcomer in firework terms as North Star Fireworks but the four owners have taken part in some of the biggest events in Norway prior to the creation of the company including New Year and various domestic events both in New Zealand and the surrounding Pacific islands.

North Star Fireworks took part in their first competition in 2017 at Berlin’s Pyronale competition lifting the award ahead of teams from France and the European home of fireworks; Italy.

I have to say, having caught a look at the video of their competition display it was clean, accurate and very well balanced with amazing symmetry (which always gets my vote). Looking forward to checking this one our next Summer.

PYRO EVENTS TEAM – ROMANIA

This firework team was established in 2006 so again are a relatively ‘young’ team and like North Star Fireworks they won Pyronale in 2016 with a breath-taking display. The team bring the dynamism of youth and creativity to the display planning and implementation and are widely acknowledged as one of the most creative of all the international teams. I for one cannot wait to see their innovation in progress for the 2018 Herrenhausen display.

MACEDOS PIROTECNIA – PORTUGAL

Established in 1934 this is another family business who have continued to wow audiences for more than 80 years and their experience is clear.

The team are former Guinness World record holders for the most rockets launched in 8 minutes. They were also worthy winners of the Ignis Brunensis with a clean sweep of all the awards including the public and television awards and picking up 1st Prize overall. Absolutely smashed it! They also won in Monaco and over the years the shelf must be groaning under the strain of so much silverware. We are expecting great things from them.

Herrenhausen has it all – it is an all-around beautiful place with exceptional standards of fireworks – what more could you possibly want. We will let you know the dates and the firing order at a later point.

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16TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PYROTECHNIC ART

WHAT: COURCHEVEL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PYROTECHNIC ART
WHY: FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHEN: 15TH FEBRUARY – 8TH MARCH 2015
WHERE: COURCHEVEL, FRENCH ALPS
WHAT TIME: FIREWORKS START AT 7.00PM

The 16th International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art gets underway on 15th February 2018. The beautiful ski resort of Courchevel has hosted the IFPA for the last 16 years and its popularity continues to grow.

The village resort contains the largest ski area in the world including ski-ing over Courchevel or the Three Valleys can readily be managed with lifts or runs over the ridges in between.

With slopes suitable for the absolute beginner to the fully experienced expert you can choose to mount your ski’s or snowboard and tackle some of the greatest runs in the world today.

At night, as well as a little apres ski, you can take in the sheer beauty of the firework displays created for your pleasure as four teams battle it out for the crown.

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Hearts will be filled with emotion and eyes full of wonderment as the beautiful pyro meets the white of the snowcapped mountains. This year’s events will ee the ESF French Ski School hold a torchlit descent of the slopes which is quite the sight to see.

The event will also be closed by local team H C Pyrotechnic’s but we will have to come back to you with this year’s competitors at a later date.

Last year’s competition was won by Pandora Pyrotechnie from St Etienne in France with a beautiful display – see video below.

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AND THE WINNER IS …..2017

This year has been a very good one on the competitive side of the industry as a whole and once again the UK reigns supreme so here is a short round-up of some of the competition winners both on the international and domestic pyrotechnic stage.

First mention to Pyrotex Fireworx who competed alongside Pyro 2000 and some of the very best professional firework display teams around the globe and successfully lifted the win for the second year running with an awesome display with a particularly moving soundtrack – well done to Pyrotex who once again show their experience and technical ability with this stunning show PIPC champions 2017.

The UK summer always starts for me with the list of which of the UK’s most beautiful historic houses are on the list for the annual ‘Firework Champions’ events and this year we had a couple of changes of venue. This year, the splendid Capesthorne Hall was replaced by the nonetheless gorgeous Arley Hall. The house and region have been home to the forebears of Lord and Lady Ashbrook since the mid 15th Century but the current Hall is characterised as a Country House in the Jacobethan Style meaning it is strongly influenced by both Elizabethan and Jacobean architecture. There are of course competitions from July through to early September and here are the competition winners for 2017:

· NEWBY HALL – ATOM FIREWORKS

· STANFORD HALL – SKYDAZZLE PYROTECHNICS

· BELVOIR CASTLE – TWO TIGERS FIREWORKS

· ARLEY HALL – OPTIMUM FIREWORKS

· EASTNOR CASTLE – FIREMONKEY PYRO

· RAGLEY HALL – ILLUSION FIREWORKS

Then, Jubilee Fireworks took to the World stage over in Montreal in August and again wowed the judges with their fantastic Gunpowder and Greasepaint themed display picking up the Gold Jupiter award for their momentous display especially given that they took on the mighty Ricardo Caballer Ricasa, Surex Fireworks and Vaccalluzzo Events. Warmest congratulations on a job well done.

Then off we went to the British Firework Championships over the beautiful Plymouth Hoe which brings in funding for the local charities and the whole of the community who get to see the wonder of the fireworks of the beautiful cove. The winners of the British Firework Championships were the superb Selstar Fireworks.

Onto the British Musical Fireworks championships for a champion of champion event featuring the past seven winners who were all competing for a year’s worth of bragging rights. There was plenty to see as the fireworks got underway on Friday night and the weather was changeable at best but all the technicians were ready and willing to bring it on the night. The well-deserved winner of the event was Sirotechnics.

A great year for British Pyrotechnics so well done to you all and good luck for 2018.

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