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MACAU FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2014

WHAT: Macau International Fireworks Display Contest 2014
WHERE: Macau – Macau Tower – Macau Tower shore front
WHEN: 8th September, 13th September, 20th September, 27th September and 1st October
TIMES: The first firework display will start at 9:00pm and the second fireworks display will start at 9:40pm each night – further details below

2014 sees the 26th Macao International Fireworks Display contest bringing together the best of the best of international firework artists from across the World to compete for this much acclaimed title.

Over the years, hundreds of teams have competed in this event which takes place over a 5-week period and the final night is always on 1st October to coincide with China’s National Day.

This year’s line up has display teams hailing from Taiwan, China; Croatia; China; France; Korea; Poland; Portugal; Australia; Italy and Spain. The teams from Croatia and Poland have never had their country represented previously and the firing teams from Spain and Australia will perform for the first time in front of the crowds in Macau.

The firing order is as follows:

Monday 8th September 9:00 – Chinese Taiwan – Syyuan Fireworks Co Ltd
9:40 – Croatia – Mirnovec Pirotehnika d.o.o

Saturday 13t September 9:00 – China – Hunan Jing Tai Fireworks Co ltd
9:40 – France – Sodip Pyrotechnie

Saturday 20th September 9:00 – Korea – Daehan Fireworks Co
9:40 – Poland – Surex –Ryszard Suzsdalewicz

Saturday 27th September 9:00 – Portugal – Pyrofel Pyrotechnia Lda
9:40 – Australia – Skylighter Fireworks Pty Ltd

Wednesday 1st October 9:00 – Italy – La Tirrena Sas Di Ferraro
9:40 – Spain – Pirotecnia Zaragozana Sa

Last year’s competition was won by the brilliant Brezac Artifices who are no strangers to the art of international competition and have the pre-requisite cupboard full of silverware to attest to their skills. The display was beautifully choreographed to the rich and varied music choice and some brilliant use of colour.

Previously, the UK has been well represented and teams from millennium Fireworks, Jubilee Fireworks, Pyro 2000, Maverick Fireworks and even Standard Fireworks have all won awards.

The rules of competition are clear that the teams must choreograph a firework display to music and the best example should give the impression of dancing fireworks. Macau is unique as one of only a handful of competitions where the organisers actually pay towards the cost of the pyro.

The annual event not only lights up the nights of Macau, but also the hearts of spectators. Local residents look forward to the marvellous fireworks displays that add a joyous atmosphere to holidays and festivals. The Contest has also become an annual characteristic of Macau. Many visitors specially choose this time of the year to come to Macau to enjoy an exotic and romantic holiday.

The Macau International Fireworks Display Contest has grown over the years into an internationally acclaimed event, one of the best of its kind and the local Tourist Office will continue to work towards advancing the event’s international status and reputation, with the vision to bring about the world’s most prominent international fireworks display.

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L’International des Feux Loto-Québec 2014

The event which is locally referred to as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec was established in 1985 and is billed as one of Montreal’s top events for 2014. The event will take place from June to August of 2014 and is completely free if you have access to a balcony or rooftop viewing area.

The displays must be synchronized to music and the teams will compete over a 6-week period on different nights, unlike in previous years where it has been running for almost 10 weeks with bi-weekly shows on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.

Although the displays can be seen readily in the surrounding area, if you do wish to see this event in all its glory, it is being held in La Ronde, the area’s premier theme park. The cost of a full day pass including access to the pyro show is around $43 -$63 (between £23 and £34 sterling) or if you just would like to see the fireworks, again you can have full park access after hours for just $20 (just over £10) for the evening.

The fireworks are scheduled to take place around 10:00pm and the firing order and themes are as follows:

• Saturday 28th June – Opening ceremony with a pyro-musical display from the fabulous Weco Feurerwerk. The opening theme is ‘Dreamcatcher’ which will depict images dreamed about and the conversation between a father and son before retiring for the night.

• Saturday 5th July – First competitors are Italy represented by the very capable Pirotecnica Morsani. The company is one of the original firework masters from Italy established in 1880 by Reginald Morsani and they continue to work all over the world. Their theme is ‘Cosmology – From Darkness to the Big Bang’ taking the audience on a pyromusical journey from the birth of the planets to life on earth.

• Saturday 12th July – second competitors, Pirotecnia Caballer are representing Spain. Again established in 1880 by Vincente Caballer Calatayud and after 130 years in the business they know a thing or two about displays. Still run by the family now in their fourth generation, the President is the grandson of Vincente and they continue to impress the world with the quality and performance of the pieces that they manufacture. Their theme is ‘Once Upon a Time’ and promises to be captivating.

• Wednesday 16th July – Third up are the local team for Canada, represented by Royal Pyrotechnie and Fireworks Spectacular. Their theme is ‘Kutuan – Legends of Fire’ helping to use our imagination to take us on exciting adventures. Sure to be a crowd pleaser.

• Saturday 19th July – Fourth to compete are the fabulous team from Melrose Pyrotechnics. Established in the early 1900’s by Anthony Guarino an immigrant from Italy and it remains within the family to this day. Their theme is ‘Fright Night’ and will take spectators on a spooky journey on a pre Halloween jaunt. They have even made a short video advertisement: https://vimeo.com/96123084

• Wednesday 23rd July – Fifth team to show their firepower are team France represented by the inimitable Brezac Artifices. Brezac Artifices is a family company that was founded by Edmond Brezac in 1964 specializing in creating and staging some of the worlds finest display fireworks. Their theme is ‘Freedom – Tribute to Nelson Mandela and his journey from childhood in Transkei all the way up to his imprisonment and eventual release from the jail on Robben Island.

• Saturday 26th July – The final competing team represent Australia. Foti Fireworks began in the late 1700’s in Sicily and in 1952 the family immigrated to Australia and so the story continues to this day they are the foremost firework specialists in the country. Their theme ‘ Strictly Pyro – The World of Baz Luhrmann bringing to life in fireworks the dance moves in Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet and the Moulin Rouge as well as some brilliant musical pieces from his other films.

• Saturday 2nd August – And onto the FINALE. Offered up for your pleasure is the closing display from Panzera SAS. The company, again from a long line of Italian firework manufacturers, started in 1929 and the company continues to grow thanks to the absolutely beautifully crafted effects within their pyro. The theme for the finale is a ‘Tribute to Pink Floyd’ and will include some of their better known tracks as well as the more ‘off the wall’ psychedelic musical offerings. They are not competing but we can guarantee that you will see some of the more unusual pyro of the competition since they are masters of creativity and style.

Whether you are supporting your local national team or just have a love of fireworks, get yourself along to see some of the world’s greatest and longest established firework companies in the World battling it out for supremacy.

We will bring you images once they are available.

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24th International Fireworks Competition Hannover

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Every year since 1990, the beautiful and cultural city of Hannover plays host to five of the Worlds best pyro teams to the hottest fireworks competitions in Europe. Over five weekends between May and September, five countries battle it out to be crowned International Fireworks Champions 2014.

Competing this year are teams from:

• Czech Republic
• Switzerland
• England
• Japan
• Greece

The teams presented breathtaking fireworks displays in the baroque atmosphere of Herrenhausen Gardens bringing in an impressive 50,000 visitors.

The winning team from 2013 are from the Czech Republic. Flash Barrandov was established in 1994 and is acknowledged as a world leader in pyrotechnics and in particular pyro musical performances. Having won last year’s coveted title, the team from the Czech Republic will be given the job of opening the 2014 competition on 17th May 2014.

The competition dates are:

Saturday 17th May – Czech Republic – Flash Barrandov FX
Saturday 31st May – England – 1st Galaxy Fireworks
Saturday 23rd August – Switzerland – Sugyp SA
Saturday 6th September – Japan – Marutamaya Ogatsu Fireworks Co
Saturday 20th September – Greece – Nanos Fireworks

Of course, tasked with filling the skies with beautiful pyro, the teams had a clearly defined display directive which was that it must be 25 minutes in length and include a 4 minute compulsory section of pyro to a set track to which the display teams were to connect the theme to the historic gardens.

The entertainment starts early evening and visitors to the beautiful baroque gardens of course in addition to the wonderful surroundings will have the opportunity to partake of a variety of entertainment avenues prior to the skies being filled with the colour, light and sound of the magnificent displays.

This will include:

• LIVE MUSIC
• THEATRE PERFORMANCES
• VARIETY ENTERTAINMENT ACTS

This really beautiful and cosmopolitan city (short for expensive) which is great for wining, dining and entertainment and the city offers a hugely eclectic range of ‘foodie’ outlets, all offering something a little different. With everything from charming little café’s and bistro’s to themed restaurants and eateries, they will quite literally have everything including some beautiful cocktail lounges, jazz clubs and nightclubs to name but a few.

If you should get the opportunity to visit the event, we would be absolutely thrilled to receive your video footage or images.

Good luck of course from all at Epic Fireworks to the team from 1st Galaxy – COME ON ENGLAND!

Video footage of the fireworks display from 2013 below:

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