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SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION

WHAT: SAN SEBASTIAN FIREWORKS
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: 11TH – 18TH AUGUST 2019
WHERE: LA CONCHA BAY, SAN SEBASTIAN
COST: FREE

If you’re a fireworks lover of any kind, then this is a festival that you must not miss.

Not only is it the fireworks festival in Sebastian, but also the celebrations are underway from Great Week or “Semana Grande” in Spanish, you may also hear it referred to Aste Nagusia as this is the Basque name for the celebration. 2019 will be a weeklong party with lots planned there is something for all the family to enjoy.

The official opening of the festival is the ceremonial firing of the cannon in Alderdi Eder gardens in the evening around 7pm. You will see fires in many areas of the city the most common places are the Paseo de la Concha and surrounding streets, but wherever you visit during this time there is an abundance of activities and things to do and see. Music performances, street parties, concerts, sports activities plus much more. And the highlight and the biggest event of the week towards the end of the celebration. This is when the International fireworks competition takes place, Scores of locals and visitors flock to the city to witness worldwide participants compete against each other in a chance to win the famous “conchade oro” prize.

The competition is held on La concha beach, but you can also view the fireworks from other points around the city as well such as Zurriola Beach, Urgull Mount or from the port as well. If you want to watch from the beach it is advised to get there early as it can become quite crowded, this is a prime viewing spot. Not only is the Concha beach known as one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, but the fireworks and the reflections on the sea making it a magnificent display and 2 shows for the price of one.

Each night of the week a different competitor will take their artwork to the skies showing off the colours and effects to the best of their abilities to entertain and capture the audience.  Competing this year are as follows:

Saturday 10th August – Pyrotecnic Valecea (Araba/ Alava)

Sunday 11th August – Ciels En Fete (France)

Monday 12th August – Scarcella Fireworks (Italy)

Tuesday 13th August – Pirotecnia Vulcano (Madrid)

Wednesday 14th August – Pirotecnia Gironina (Valencia)

Thursday 15th August – IP Innovative (Germany)

Friday 16th August – Hermanos Caballer Pirotenicos (Castellon)

Saturday 17th August – Pirotecnia Ricasa (Valencia)

On the final day of the competition, the votes are cast by the public and the jury and the award ceremony takes place. To end the evening with a bang the crowds are then treated to special pyro musical display.

With plenty of things to see and do around this week if you can’t make the official start of the celebrations, and you are going to be in Spain, make sure that the fireworks are in your diaries as this is one competition that does not disappoint.

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THE BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

WHAT: THE BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
WHY: NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: 14TH AND 15TH AUGUST 2019
WHERE: PLYMOUTH HOE, DEVON
COST: FREE

Epic Fireworks are once again delighted to offer their support to the British Firework Championships in Plymouth. You can even win £500 worth of fireworks (supplied by ourselves) by answering a question on the British Firework Championships website.

Tens of thousands of visitors attend each evening to witness the beauty and spectacle of the fireworks bursting over the stunning setting of Plymouth Hoe. Starting in 1997, the competition brings together some of the best exponents of the professional firework industry going head to head in the skies over the beautiful setting in Plymouth. Fun thrill rides, live music, and great food and drink concessions galore – a great evening out under the setting sun – what could be better.

Competing this year are as follows:

WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST 2019

NEMESIS PYROTECHNICS LTD – WETTENHALL, CHESHIRE

Runner up in 2017 at this event, they are here to make the best of their opportunity once again. They have been designing displays for more than 15 years and the team will be filling the skies over Portstewart at the Red Sails event at the end of July.

AURORA FIREWORKS – BILLINGSHURST, WEST SUSSEX

The company was established in 1996 and have never looked back. Their packed order book is a testament to their professionalism. They competed here in 2016 and earned themselves a well deserved 2nd place.  Best of luck this time around.

PHOENIX FIREWORKS – WROTHAM, KENT

Earlier this year, they joined forces with Kimbolton Fireworks and are set to compete at the British Musical Firework Championships in Southport later this year. The company was established in 1972 and have a huge range of regular customers.

THURSDAY 15TH AUGUST 2019

ILLUSION FIREWORKS – WALLINGFORD, OXFORDSHIRE

Established a few years ago, this team have gone on to win just about every UK title available. In 2018 they won the British Firework Championships, the British Musical Firework Championships and Firework Champions event at Stanford Hall and this year, they have already picked up the win at the Firework Champions event at Newby Hall.

SELSTAR FIREWORKS – CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX

Established in 1995, their client list includes the armed forces, corporate/marketing events as well as weddings and local authority displays. This team is also competing at the Festival of Fireworks at Catton Hall in early September.

1st GALAXY FIREWORKS – SHERWOOD, NOTTINGHAM

20 years in the pyro business they are also competing at the British Musical Firework competition in Southport later in the year. In the meantime, they will be firing at the Nottingham Riverside Festival on Saturday 3rd August and every Wednesday throughout August, they will be holding the weekly display at Ingoldmells Fantasy Island in Skegness.

The very best of luck to all competing and we will bring you news of the outcome of the competition as soon as details are available.

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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – RAGLEY HALL 2019

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – RAGLEY HALL 2019
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2019
WHERE: RAGLEY HALL, ALCESTER, WARWICKSHIRE
COST: SEE THE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

This is the last of the Firework Champions events for 2019.

The beautiful Ragley Hall is the venue for the final event of the year and this incredible stately home is the family seat of the Marquis of Hertford.

Built in the late 1780’s it comprises of the Hall, 26 acres of stunning gardens and hundreds of acres of wild woodland, created by internationally renowned designer Capability Brown, which is home to deer, pheasant, and squirrels and is enjoyed by hundreds who walk through the grounds annually.

Used today for a wide variety of private events it also supports music festivals, Tough Mudder challenges, and even classic car events.

Ragley Hall Firework Champions

It is home to the 9th Marquis but it was very close to demolition in the early part of the 20th century but was saved from the wrecking hammer when it was called on to be used in the first and second world wars as a military hospital. Between 1956 – 1958 the 8th Marquis had it refurbished and it was one of the first houses to be opened to the public.

Competing in this final event of the Firework Champions schedule of the Summer are as follows:

FIREWORK CRAZY – CHELMSFORD, ESSEX

This team is taking part in Firework Champions for the third time. They fire everything from private events like weddings and anniversaries to huge corporate displays and have a book rammed with Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve displays every year, thrilling thousands of spectators.

MAGICAL FIREWORKS, MANCHESTER

Second, to fire are Magical Fireworks. This fantastic ground of people are thrilled to be displaying at their first ever Firework Champions Event. An unknown quantity in the competitive fireworks field, I am interested to see what they have to offer.

CELESTIAL DISPLAYS, LEICESTER

Established in 2008 by a group of pyro lovers, this team all have full-time jobs away from firework displays. This will be their first time at Firework Champions and as most of their work has been corporate this far, its certainly a great platform for the company to show their wares.

Once all teams have completed their display, the vote will open. Whilst the votes are cast, MLE Pyrotechnics will take centre stage to offer their finale display.  As suppliers of the incredible Vaccalluzzo Fireworks from Italy, expect beautiful rich colours and effects.

Good luck to all competitors and hopefully by then we will be having something like a Summer (not counting on it but one can but hope).

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