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FLAMMENDE STERNE OSTFILDERN 2016

Last weekend saw three of the best professional teams from around the world battle it out at Flammende Sterne Ostfildern or Blazing Star Firework Competition.

The setting for this magical event is in the town of Ostfildern, a picturesque little town in Germany, just South of Stuttgart.

The competition started back in 2003 and continues to gain support from pyro lovers from around the world. It is a three day festival which attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually.

Competing this year were representatives from the Czech Republic, Portugal and China.

FLAMMENDE STERNE OSTFILDERN 2016

First up to fire on Friday 19th August was the team from Flash Barrandov representing the beautiful Czech Republic. Flash started out in the business originally in 1934 providing special effects to the growing European film industry and today, it remains the biggest film studio in Europe. They have supplied the SFX for blockbusters like The Bourne Identity, Mission Impossible, The Transporter and Casino Royale to name just a few.

Their music track list was entertaining and choreographed with the fireworks beautifully. The display was brilliantly done and the timing impressive. The notable pieces in this display to my mind were the strobing red chrysanthemums, the beautifully clear blue comets and some vivid purple crossettes which were gorgeous. The real crowd pleaser were the rainbow peonies and the beautiful willow bursts. Great effort team Flash Barrandov.

Next to display; Macedos Pirotecnia on Saturday 20th August were representing Portugal.

The opening sequence was gorgeous and the strobing shells were on another level entirely. Pinks, golds, greens; absolutely tremendous.

Sadly, as the display grew so did the amount of smoke. It did get to a point where the display was engulfed in a huge smoke cloud making it impossible to see the higher effects as they were completely obscured.

A great mix of tracks from the great rock and roll years and of course, no show would be complete without a smattering of ‘Queen!’

Shame about the smoke as it definitely impacted on everyone’s enjoyment but we will have to see what the results say.

FLAMMENDE STERNE OSTFILDERN 2016

Finally to fire; Hefung Fireworks on Sunday 21st August who were representing China.

Hefung Fireworks is one of the biggest manufacturers of fireworks in China.

Their display was nothing short of beautiful – absolutely incredible with some really pretty combinations and shell effects rarely seen in the UK. Really crisp, clean and clear effects and massive shells – notable a blue peony with a silver pistil centre, colour changing peonies. The timing and precision on the groundwork was in another league completely.

The winners were announced and we are delighted to confirm that Cindy and Davo representing Hefung Fireworks won first place. VERY WELL DONE.

FLAMMENDE STERNE OSTFILDERN 2016

CAPESTHORNE HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS

WHAT: CAPESTHORNE HALL – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2016
WHEN: SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST 2016
WHERE: CAPESTHORNE HALL, CONGLETON ROAD, SIDDINGTON, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE, SK11 9JY
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: £18 ADULTS – £8 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
GAZEBO: £25

Saturday 20th August 2016 sees the forth in the series of competitions held at some of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes.

This week’s competition will be held in the grounds of the stunning Capesthorne Hall in Siddington, Cheshire. The Hall is classed as a country house in the Jacobean style by renowned architect and landscape specialist Edward Blore who went on to build Buckingham Palace and carry out extensive repairs to both St James’ Palace and Windsor Castle.

Capesthorne has been home to the Bromley Davenport family since 1726. The house underwent a great deal of alteration over the forthcoming years, until 1837 when Davies Davenport brought the dis-joined two wings together and added new stable blocks to create a more symmetrical façade.

Davenport is one of the oldest family names in England having been recorded in pipe rolls (rolled scrolls of records to the exchequer from 12th – 19th centuries) from 1254 but further checks and the discovery of some ancient documents, they have since been able to trace all the way back to 1066 so there has been a Davenport or Bromley Davenport in residence for 290 years.

The perfect place to take the family along with a huge picnic blanket and take in the sheer beauty of the house and gardens before the fireworks get under way just after 9.15 with a demonstration/tutorial about Category 4 pyrotechnics (professional use ONLY) before the competitors take their places.

The event is the brainchild of MLE Pyrotechnics who will be responsible for the finale show whilst the votes are cast and counted.

The teams competing at Capesthorne Hall this year are as follows:

9.30 PDC FIREWORKS – PETERBOROUGH, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Family run display team who work all over the Country for a huge number of clients. They have a great pedigree when it comes to competition as they were runners up at Broughton Hall in 2013 and won at Belvoir Castle 2014 and here at Capesthorne Hall in 2015 so they are no strangers to the format.

Display by: Paul Chisnall
Firing system: FireByWire

9.45 BLITZ FIREWORKS – CREWE, CHESHIRE

This team has 15 years experience and they have been previous winners at Firework Champions at Broughton Hall and Belvoir Castle and they took the win at the British Firework Championships Plymouth 2014.

They have a dedicated team of professional firers who are truly gifted.

Display by: Phil Jones
Firing system: FireByWire.

10.00 ILLUSION FIREWORKS – OXFORDSHIRE

Started in 2014, in the first year Karl and the team fired almost 100 shows for a variety of clientele including Chelsea mid-fielder Eden Hazzard, The British Army and a number of others.

In 2015 the team were invited along to take part in their first Firework Champions event at Newby Hall and the crowd were so impressed with the variety of colour and effects that the team were awarded the win.

This year, they get the chance to defend their title at Capesthorne so visitors can see some truly innovative pieces first hand.

Display by: Karl Mitchell Shead
Firing system: FireByWire

10.40 Once all of the competitors have shown their wares, the organisers MLE Pyrotechnics take to the stage whilst the public votes are cast and counted. MLE’s display will not be subject to competition rules so you may see some really new and innovative pieces.

The gates open at 5.30pm to allow people to get settled before the competition gets underway. You are welcome to bring along a picnic and take your positions for best views early doors. Camping overnight is available in the field next to the car park at £10 per adult per night.

MONACO INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION 2016

WHAT: MONACO INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION 2016
WHEN: 25TH JULY 2016 – 13TH AUGUST 2016
WHERE: EXOTIC GARDEN – PORT HERCULE’S GRAND JETTY, MONTE CARLO
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION

The International Pyromusical Competition gets under way on Port Hercule’s Grand Jetty in the beautiful Monte Carlo Bay on 25th July.

This competition started in 1966 as a firework only competition until 1996 when they introduced music and so the Pyromusical came into being.

The 2016 lineup:

Monday 25th July 2016 Blikas Lithuania

Saturday 30th July 2016 Pirotechnia Minhota Portugal

Saturday 6th August 2016 Howard & Sons Australia

Saturday 13th August 2016 Arthur Rozzi Pirotechnics USA

Once all the competitors have shown their skills, the judging and then the winning display is announced at the latter end of August. The overall winner is honoured with creating the fireworks display which will herald the National Holiday in Monaco on November 18th.

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