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COURCHEVAL INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019

WHAT: COURCHEVAL INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019
WHY: PYROTECHNIC COMPETITION
WHEN: 14TH FEBRUARY – 7TH MARCH 2019
WHERE: COURCHEVEL, FRENCH ALPS
COST: FREE TO WATCH

This year sees the 17th Annual International Firework Festival take place in February and March of this year. There will be 8000 spectators in attendance to see the firework shows intensified by the stunning snow-covered backdrops and fabulous live music.

Courchevel is one of the prime ski resorts in the French Alpine region and boasts 600 kilometers of pistes ranging from 23 of the easy green runs for beginners to 10 black runs which are incredibly difficult and are really for experts only.

This year 4 teams will battle it out over the snow-capped mountains to lift the trophy and we wish them all the very best of luck.

Here is a snippet of the promotional video about the event:

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PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION 2019

WHAT: PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION 2019
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION
WHEN: FROM 16TH FEBRUARY 2019 – 23RD MARCH 2019
WHERE: SM MALL OF ASIA, SEASIDE BOULEVARD, BAY CITY, PASAY
COST: FREE FROM VARIOUS SPOTS AROUND THE VENUE BUT TICKETS INCLUDING DINNER ARE AVAILABLE

This magnificent event is purported to be one of the biggest and best in the international events in the pyrotechnic calendar and is supported by the team from Platinum Fireworks who are considered amongst pro firers as the nicest and most helpful set of people out there today.

Platinum Fireworks were previous winners of Globalfest in 2017 when they swept the board, picking up awards in all four categories and they picked up a prestigious second place at Pyromagic in Poland earlier this year been narrowly beaten into first by the UK’s Pyrotex Fireworx and more recently picked up the win in the 4th Wanzai International Firework Competition much to the absolute delight of everyone in the industry. In fact, we recently had visitors from China who commented about this so this team are widely acknowledged across the world.

The aim of the competition is to find who can put together the best show with the most incredible effects but still able to capture the emotions of the music being utilised.

The event runs every Saturday for 5 weeks and will include 2 shows per night over the stunning Manilla Bay.

The competition for 2019 looks like this:

• 16TH FEBRUARY 2019 PHILIPPINES PLATINUM FIREWORKS INC
FINLAND OY PYROMAN

• 23RD FEBRUARY 2019 ITALY MARTELLO S R L
BELGIUM C B F PYROTECHNICS

• 2ND MARCH 2019 GERMANY STEFFES OLLIG FEUERWERK
PORTUGAL PIROTECNIA MINHOTA

• 9TH MARCH 2019 CHINA POLARIS FIREWORKS
FRANCE BREZAC ARTIFICES

• 16TH MARCH 2019 POLAND SUREX FIRMA RODZINA
UK PYROTEX FIREWORX

• 23RD MARCH 2019 CANADA FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
PHILIPPINES PLATINUM FIREWORKS INC

This year celebrates 10 years of the ‘Brightest show on earth’ and long may it continue.

Here is a video from the winners Pyrotex Fireworx:

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RESULTS OF THE BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

DISILLUSIONMENT WITH THE BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Last weekend saw the national British Musical Firework Championships take place but sadly, there were issues, resulting in the cancellation of the remainder of the competition on Sunday due to high winds which were carrying the debris into the gathered spectators.

Fortunately, there was time on the Friday and Saturday to get a couple of displays in, some of which were the stuff of legends.

First to fire Kimbolton Fireworks who very kindly stepped in at the last minute (bearing in mind that usually competitors have more than 6 months to plan the pyrotechnics and the music) to offer up a beautiful display.  Unfortunately, as a result of the lateness of the call to fire, they had to call upon a previously created display which included a track being used by one of the other teams so they decided that they would not be included in the competition.  It was a lovely display with lots of colour and effect and they will be competing next season when they have had more chance to plan.

Next up; Phenomenal Fireworks – their theme was opened with ‘Lets get ready to rumble’ and followed the ‘boxing’ theme. The multi-directional pieces looked a little haphazard but the ghost shells with blinking stars were lovely.  In the middle of the Eye of the Tiger track, they had 2 minutes of dark sky due to a rare technical issue, but they quickly got back on track and the gear was absolute quality – when the fish came straight at the crowds I was holding my breath!  A terrible shame as historically Phenomenal are usually exactly that – Phenomenal!

Then onto Saturday Night before a packed crowd of spectators – first to fire Blitz Fireworks. Their display had a very beautiful WW theme. It was much less smoky than the display from Phenomenal too but the windy conditions could clearly be seen and felt.

The theme was particularly poignant as this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. The first few musical tracks used were ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, ‘Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag’, The White Cliffs of Dover’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again’, The Great Escape and of course, The Dambusters; there were even air raid sirens and searchlights! There were some HUGE shell breaks and the timing of the flying fish was amazing and to the split second.

The whistle for the all clear followed by the Last Post was very heart-rending and quite rightly, the display received a very well-deserved round of applause from the huge crowds at Southport. The second half of the display was much for upbeat with modern musical accompaniment including Sweet Lullaby from Paloma Faith, For You from Rita Ora and Liam Payne and In My Blood by Shawn Mendes – just brilliant and the crackling mines on the beat sounded like clapping. The finale was a sky full of red and gold. A beautiful, poignant and packed show – congratulations Blitz Fireworks.

Second to step up to the plate was the team from Firework Effects. Now here is a bone of contention as despite having the same funding as the other competitors, it would appear they had offered up a much smaller scale display which simply didn’t measure up. It was very centralised and with no width to the display, it was wholly disappointing.  Had it been for a wedding/anniversary event, perhaps it would have hit the mark but sadly, not for competition. I dare say that having watched the show, it had a huge dark sky period and the effects could easily have been fully covered by one of our DIY display packs – with more effects!  I understand that everyone has to take their piece, but if you do not plan to commit to competing, why agree to take part?

Last to fire on Saturday were the much-anticipated Illusion Fireworks.

I have to say, firstly there was a great deal more pyro than in some of the other displays, but it was all used to brilliant effect. It wasn’t perfect as there were a few odd little shots which appeared to be incorrect as they were the wrong colour/effect but that could not take anything away as it and it was an exceptional display full of drama, packed with colour and the sweeping mine effects were awesome.

The remaining competitors, unfortunately, were unable to complete their displays and as such, it was scored on the people who were able to display (apart from Kimbolton).

The results were:

  • 1st ILLUSION FIREWORKS
  • BLITZ FIREWORKS
  • PHENOMENAL FIREWORKS

Very well done everyone.

Illusion Fireworks – British Musical Firework Champions 2018 from Illusion Fireworks on Vimeo.

Illusion Fireworks – British Musical Firework Championships 2018 – Winners from FlySnap Aerial on Vimeo.

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