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OSTEND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: OSTEND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHEN: VARIOUS DAYS THROUGHOUT JULY AND AUGUST
WHERE: GROOT STRAND, OOSTENDE BEACH, BELGIUM
COST: FREE

Attracting thousands of visitors each year, Ostende beach is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, but also home to some of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the Summer months.

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Everywhere you visit in Ostende during summer there is always something to do and see, with plenty of events, festivals, markets, and funfairs dotted in and around the city. A perfect way for taking in these fantastic sights and sounds is to climb aboard the miniature train or take a horse and carriage ride.

As well as lots to see and do the beaches are also very popular; not just with the locals, but with many of the international visitors Oostende plays host to annually. Make sure that if you are wanting a perfect view of the fireworks that you arrive as early as possible to try and grab that perfect spot on the beach.

The fireworks are held on the Groot Strand between the Krusaal and the Venetian Galleries every evening. However, the grand finale is held a short distance away on the beach a Strandplein Mariakerke. The whole event is organised by the tourism Oostende and only eight of the best Belgian fireworks companies all compete for the cash prize.

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A professional jury is put in place to pick the 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes, but you also have a chance to vote for your favorite as there is also a viewer’s choice prize awarded at the event.

Voting for the winner is on the day of the fireworks from 11pm to 11pm the next day.

Schedule for the event:

• Monday 9th July – 23.00pm – A and T Magic
• Monday 16th July – 23.00pm –CBF Pyro Technics
• Saturday 21st July – 23.00pm –L’Etincelle
• Monday 23rd July – 23.00pm – T & T Fireworks
• Monday 30th July – 23.00pm – Party Fices
• Monday 6th August –22.30pm – LPL Fireworks
• Monday 13th August – 22.30pm – Vangelabbeck Events
• Wednesday 15th August –22.30pm – DBK fireworks

(ALL FIREWORKS FIRED FROM GROOT STRAND ONLY THE 15TH AUGUST FIREWORKS ARE FIRED ON STRANDPLEIN MARIAKERKE)

If you enjoy a trip to the beach and are pyro mad like us here at Epic fireworks, then this is not an event to be missed so make sure you add it to your diaries.

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CANNES INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL

WHAT: CANNES INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: BAIE DE CANNES, LA CROISETTE, CANNES, FRANCE
WHEN: VARIOUS DATES FROM 14TH JULY – 24TH AUGUST 2018
COST: FREE FROM AREAS AROUND THE BAY

There are few places synonymous with wealth and beauty, but Cannes must be one of them. Cannes is the quintessential playboy paradise with sun and sea and on the stunning French Riviera. Known for its luxury hotels and the area has been used to influence the film industry creating fantastic films like Ronin, Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief and the compelling French Connection to name but a few.

This event has been running for over 50 years now and continues to delight and amaze the gathered spectators today. There is a rich mix of pyro companies taking part in this year’s competition which will bring the best of the best to battle it out filling the skies over the azure blue waters of the Med. The Bay lies between Iles de Levine and La Pointe de L’Esterel and they are competing this year for the Silver Vestale.

The pyro is set up and fired from 3 barges in the Bay some 400 metres from the seafront. Each team is tasked with creating a 25-minute display choreographed to music. The judges will allocate the scores for each of the competing teams according to these rules:

Music and firework conception: originality and quality of the pyrotechnics
The soundtrack- quality and originality
The synchronisation – the precision timing between the bursts/breaks/effects and the cadence of the music track
General artistic impression – each juror will note their personal impressions and compare notes at the end

The teams competing and the dates they will be displaying on are as follows:

14TH JULY 2018 – SUREX – POLAND

21ST JULY 2018 – ARTVENTURA – FRANCE

29TH JULY 2018 – JUPITER – ARGENTINA

7TH AUGUST 2018 – ALPHA PYRO – FRANCE

15TH AUGUST 2018 – JOHO PYRO – FINLAND

24TH AUGUST 2018 – DRAGON FIREWORKS – PHILIPPINES

The jury awarded the Vestale D’ Argent 2017 to Patrick Brault from Alpha Pyrotechnie and the Jury Prize 2017 to Joven Ngo from Dragon Fireworks which was absolutely beautiful with clear crisp colours and effects throughout.

The support team is on the ball when it comes to clearing up after the event with a boat which goes out and clears up all the remnants of expired floating shells which are floating on the water and the next day a specialist team cleans up the seabed.

A couple of the teams have actually picked up awards at this event previously, so they will all be bringing their ‘A’ game. Jupiter won the silver vestal in 2015 and at the same competition, Surex picked up the jury’s prize.

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MONTREAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2016

WHAT: MONTREAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2016
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: SATURDAY 2ND JULY 2016 – SATURDAY 30TH JULY 2016
WHERE: LA RONDE – ÎLE SAINTE-HÉLÈNE AT PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU, MONTREAL, CANADA
COST: $50 – $65

The annual Montreal Fireworks festival is the largest pyrotechnic competition of its kind in the World. Established in 1985, the pyro-stage has witnessed some of the finest exponents of pyrotechnic art filling the skies over the stunning St Lawrence River doing their stuff. Referred to locally in this predominantly French-speaking region as L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec, it has entertained crowds of up to 3 million for more than 30 years now and it continues to grow in popularity year on year.

Over in Canada, the regulations are quite tight and as such they are only permitted ground fireworks like roman candles, sparklers, fountains, wheels, volcanoes, mines and snakes and the cakes/barrages we are used to being able to use are only available to professional firers.

The 2015 event was won by the brilliant pro team from GB’s Jubilee Fireworks who lifted the Gold Jupiter award. Their show was choreographed beautifully to the music and they used a huge array of colours and effects. Not too shabby for their first time at the event!!! It took the team 3 days to set up the 30 minute display in which more than 6000 firework items were used connected by over 5000 electrical circuits.

This is the 32nd edition of the competition featuring eight of the World’s best pyro-technicians all ready to perform their showcase displays for the gathered crowds.

The teams, Country they represent and the ‘theme’ of their displays are as follows:

2nd July 2016  – Quebec –  Feux d’artifice Apogeé – Our Heroes – Out Of Competition

6th July 2016  – Chile –  Pirotecnia Spa – A Musical Ride

9th July 2016  – Canada – Big Bang Fireworks – The Wild West

16th July 2016Switzerland – Sugyp – E-Motions

20th July 2016USA – Western Enterprises Inc – Dance to the colours of Light

23rd July 2016Spain – Ricardo Caballer Ricasa – Cinemagia

27th July 2016Sweden – Goteborgs Fyrverkeri Fabrik – The Joy of Life

30th July 2016La Ronde – Melrose Pyrotechnics – Tribute to Elton John

There will also be a display called ‘Our Heroes’ on Saturday 2nd July to start off proceedings. The musicians from the Royal 22nd regiment of the Canadian armed forces will play all the greats from the world of superheroes. The pyro-musical display will take the crowd on a journey with characters from Batman, Superman and Star Wars to name just a few.

The competition gets under way on 6th July 2016 when the first team representing Chile take to the world stage. Events will be taking place every Saturday and Wednesdays throughout July.

The final event will be an exhibition show on Saturday 30th July by Melrose Pyrotechnics and the theme, A Tribute to Elton John.

La Ronde of course is a theme park and as such will have lots to see and do before the event gets under way.

The winner of the competition will be announced on 31st July 2016 and we will be sure to let you have a report on the displays and the final results shortly thereafter.

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