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
A staggering 55,000 spectators will fill the beautiful gardens at Herrenhausen to kick off this year’s fiercely fought pyrotechnic competition. The competition runs from May to September annually in what is described as the ‘best historic gardens in Europe’.
First to show their pyro skills are the team representing Italy; Scarpato Pirotecnia from Rimini, Italy and this team have won events around the world in their time and as one of the first families of fireworks, they have the expertise in their genes. Winners at Courcheval and Cannes as well as taking part in thousands of displays and festivals around the world.
There is a full programme of entertainment on offer, including;
• Live music
• Theatrical/street performers
• Dramatic art
There will be a Venetian carnival feel in a nod to the incredible talents of one of Italy’s first firework families.
This is the 28th event of its kind in Herrenhausen and the doors will be open to the public and the early entertainment will begin at 6pm and will run through until 11.30pm.
We will bring you details of the forthcoming events as details come to hand.
WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – NEWBY HALL – THE COMPETITORS WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION WHERE: NEWBY HALL, RIPON, NORTH YORKSHIRE, UK WHEN: SATURDAY 21st JULY 2018 TIME: 6:00PM TO 10:30PM
Firework Champions started in 2002 and has continued to go from strength to strength, bringing together the best in the fireworks industry to share best practice and of course, spy on one another and chat about new products brought in over the winter months. It really does give them all the chance to shake it up and battle for bragging rights.
The setting for the first of the amazing Firework Champions events is the beautiful Newby Hall, just outside Ripon in North Yorkshire.
This beautiful house was built in the late 17th century by Sir Christopher Wren and was further extended and adapted by Robert Adam in the later 18th century who added the now world-renowned
neoclassical features. Today, the house is home to Richard and Linda Compton who moved into the house in 1999 with their children and continue to oversee all the running and maintenance of the
house and gardens.
The house has a rich past and was notably a recommended place of safety for the Royal Family during the war. More recently, Newby Hall was amongst the filming locations for two of THE best dramas on TV in the last couple of years (IMHO); Peaky Blinders (give me an oooosh ladies!) which is early 20th-century gangland life and Victoria, about the reign and life of Queen Victoria.
The competitors for this heat of the Firework Champions calendar are as follows:
BLAZE FIREWORKS – WAKEFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE
A small firm from Wakefield in West Yorkshire which was established in 2014 and their mission is to offer exceptional quality pyrotechnics at a price you can afford. They competed at a Firework Champions Event at Newby Hall in 2016 and were narrowly beaten. However, as a relative newcomer to the professional firework world, they will I’m sure to have more than a couple of surprises up their sleeve – one to watch.
BLITZ FIREWORKS – CREWE, CHESHIRE
Fifteen years of experience and they are a retailer as well as display specialists. This company recently opened a new retail outlet and now supply fireworks, fancy dress and specialist balloons. In 2014 they picked up back to back wins at the Firework Champions events at Belvoir Castle and then the British Firework Championships in Plymouth. Last year, they collected another win at the Arley Hall Firework Champions event. Their displays are known for being clean and crisp pyro with exceptional choreography and timings which are on another level altogether. Let’s see what they can bring to the table as the most experienced competing team but rest assured, they know it is anyone’s game.
SPECTRUM FIREWORKS & SPECIAL EFFECTS – JARROW, TYNE AND WEAR
Clients include Sunderland FC, local councils and of course more than a smattering of festivals around the country. The team have not competed at Firework Champions before so it will be refreshing to see what they have on offer for the crowds at Newby Hall.
The closing display is provided by event organisers, MLE Pyrotechnics from Daventry who has a fantastic international pedigree competing last year at St Brevin in France after a win there in 2014 thoroughly enjoyed the experience once again when they picked up 2nd place for their efforts but there was some controversy as the crowd clearly thought that MLE should have had first. Here in the UK this incredibly busy team have been running the Firework Champions events for years having competed and won in 2006 and 2007 and then going on to win the British Firework Championships in Plymouth in 2005 and again in 2011.
Get along to Newby, especially if you live in the North and show your support to some of the best pyrotechnic display teams in the country showing their wares.
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.