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SUMIDAGAWA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019

WHAT: SUMIDAGAWA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHERE: SUMIDA RIVER, TWO SEPARATE LOCATIONS
WHEN: SATURDAY 27TH JULY 2019
COST: FREE

For all Tokyoites, the Sumidagawa Fireworks is the must-see summer fireworks festival. To say that it is popular is an understatement as the crowds reach around one million and are growing year on year with even the local hotels nearby and riverboats driving up the prices and taking advantage of the trade in the prime viewing locations.

The event has a long history of rivalry and first burst onto the scene around 1732, despite a few interruptions it has been a regular occurrence since 1978 and even to this day the rivalry is there. Each of the pyrotechnic companies trying to outdo each other making bigger and better displays each year making not one single show the same so its worth a visit for the ‘one of a kind’ performances from the pyrotechnic wizards.

The fireworks are set off from two locations – venue 1 is upwards from the Kototoibashi bridge, whilst venue 2 is between Komagata bridge and Umayabashi bridge. Along with the two locations, there are also 2 different start times of the fireworks; the first spot begins at 7pm to 8:30pm and the second spot from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, giving spectators a sky full of effects colours and sound.

The show may be cancelled and moved to the next day in the event of stormy weather, but since it is a summer festival, fingers crossed that it has the summer weather.

There are several spots to choose from when it comes to viewing the fireworks but remember these are quite crowded and often fill up from early in the morning with everyone wanting to get a good viewing spot.

Without question, the best viewing point is the Sumida Park but there are other options such as the Shiori Park or the north part of the Oyokogawa water park, but you will need again to go before 5pm go grab a spot. A lot of people queue on the bridges that cross the river waiting for their turn to walk across and get a clear view of the fireworks even if it’s for a couple of minutes. If you want a different point of view, you can see the fireworks from the Tokyo Sky tree, and various riverboats (yakatabune or pleasure boat. You will need to book these in advance to reserve your tickets.

Wherever you go expect to get up close and personal to half of Tokyo as it’s the countries largest popular urban display. This is an event that gives you a true taste of summer Tokyo style, so not attending this event is simply out of the question.

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YOKOHAMA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

WHAT: YOKOHAMA SPARKLING TWILIGHT
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHEN: SATURDAY 14TH JULY TO SUNDAY 15TH JULY 2019 FROM 11:30AM TO 8:30PM
WHERE: YAMASHITA PARK, KANNAI, YOKOHAMA
COST: FREE ADMISSION

Spring in Japan has hanami or flower viewing, but the summertime is all about the Hanabi (fireworks or fire flowers), and this is the same for the sparkling twilight festival. It may not have the same funds as the likes of Tokyo and other big cities to spend on the displays, but this doesn’t mean that it will be less impressive.

Yokohama Fireworks

With a fantastic finale of music and fireworks, this is another festival for the pyro lovers out there. With a variety of colours, effects, animals, cartoon characters the display will knock your socks off. Another advantage of the shoreline area display is that you don’t have the high-rise buildings so there is plenty of sky as a canvas cover. Why not set up a picnic blanket and enjoy the incredible skylines created.

Along with the fireworks display, there are also plenty of special activities in-between for everyone to enjoy. Performances, demonstrations and the thing not to miss is the twilight parade. Make a full day of it as even the food is sorted with a pop-up seaside restaurant which features food from some of Yokohama’s oldest and best restaurants in Yamashita park.

The festival is still classed as a new summertime festival as it only began three years ago. Since the first one, it has grown year upon year and now is not only loved by the locals but has visitors from all over the world attend, now making it one of the most impressive displays around.

See below a snapshot of what is on offer over the two days.

  1. Sparkling fireworks – 3000 fireworks light up the summer sky – both days 7:30pm to 8pm
  2. Ship parade – a parade of ships offshore of Yamashita park – 2pm to 3:30pm
  3. Marine rescue demonstration – demonstration by Yokohama guard and Yokohama city fire department – both days 1pm to 1:40pm
  4. Twilight jewellery boat – ships decorated with lights illuminating the port of Yokohama – both days 6:50pm to 7:30pm, 8pm to 8:15pm.
  5. Sparkling parade – a parade of the mikoshi portable shrines from every district – Sunday 2pm to 4pm
  6. Sparkling Stage Live – various concerts and live performances will be held at Yamashita park – both days 3pm to 7pm.
  7. Seaside restaurant and bar – food and drink stalls from Yokohama’s oldest and best restaurants – both 11:30pm to 8:30pm
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GlobalFest Firework Festival 2019

WHAT: GLOBALFEST 2019
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHERE: ELLISTON PARK, CALGARY
WHEN: THURSDAY 15THE AUGUST 6PM TO SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST 11PM
COST: STANDARD TICKET $21 (£13) (NIGHT SPECIFIC)

The festival was implemented in 1994 when the Calgary Fireworks Festival Society was looking for a safe firework launching site.  After some time, they discovered Elliston Park and its lake which is the second largest lake in Calgary. After joining forces with the International Avenue Arts & Culture Centre plans were put forward for a joint festival in 2003. This is when the festival was born and audiences of almost 100,000 were entertained.

Today the festival is known for showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence with many competitors from all over the world invited to take part in this explosive event.

Growing year on year Globalfest now consists of several components

  • One world festival – up to 24 cultural pavilions including ethnic food stalls to experience cuisines from Caribbean, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India to name a few. In the evening there is a night market and also live music to entertain you before the fireworks.
  • International fireworks festival – 6 fantastic firework displays from up to 5 international teams.

To make the fireworks festival more unique than at any other festival the adjudicators set out the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the display,
  2. The originality of the artistic concept: the choice of music and staging
  3. Brilliance and richness of the colours used,
  4. 25% of the music used is native to the presenting country,
  5. Synchronization: the precision of the marriage between music, sound effects, and fireworks,
  6. Teams use of a compulsory piece: 2019 piece is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  7. The scope of the work,

With these rules in place, it ensures that every night is like a world premier never to be repeated. To add to this, you have the advantage of 2 shows for the price of one as the lake gives a perfect reflection of the action happening in the skies above.

Schedule of teams

Thursday 15th August – USA – Pyro Spectaculars by Souza

Saturday 17th August – Spain – Pirotechnia Zaragozana

Tuesday 20th August – China – Liuyang Jintan Fireworks

Thursday 22nd August – Canada – Archangel Fireworks Inc.

Saturday 24th August – Grand Finale – Sirius Fireworks (Montreal, Quebec)

The gates to gain entry will be open from 6pm and no other entry will be gained after 9:15pm so ensure that you arrive early to take in the smells, tastes, sights, and sounds that the festival has to offer before the fireworks begin

Check out the winning show from last year from the fantastic firers from Spain’s Zaragozana Pirotechnia:

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