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FIREWORKS FESTIVAL VILNIAUS FEJERIJA

WHAT: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL VILNIAUS FEJERIJA
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHERE: VILNIUS, VINGIO PARK
WHEN: SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2019 FROM 5PM
COST: TICKETED EVENT

The Lithuanian capital will once again be flooded with locals and visitors, all eager to witness spectacular fireworks, lasers, lights, music and more as the 11th edition of the fireworks festival kicks off in Vingio Park, Vilnius.

Tickets for the event range from €14.90 (around £14) for standing and go up to €39 (around £36) for seating in the main centre stage area. Children under 10 years old go FREE to the event and children 10+ years will require an adult ticket.

The gates open at 17:00pm and it is advised to get there as early as possible to avoid congestion getting into the event. The duration of the show will be around 3 hours long, and there will not be any breaks, so come prepared to witness this fantastic show for all the family.

3 teams of professional pyrotechnicians from different countries will compete against each other to win over the jury and spectators to win 1st prize with an equal number of votes. For the first time, a team from the USA will compete along with guests from the old continent as a Czech and Portuguese team fill the other two places.

Teams Competing

  1. ARTHUR ROZZI PYROTECHNICS – An Italian team from the USA competing for the 1st time showing the Lithuanians a programme of fireworks based on American tradition.
  1. MALAKU- Czech team of three experts from different countries joining together bringing a mixture of fireworks and special effects project to their performance.
  1. GRUPO LUSO PIRTECNIA – A Portuguese collection of around 5 companies, known for creativity experience and innovation at their hearts they have improved constantly for almost a quarter.

From 2016, the performance of each team has consisted of three parts:

  1. Outline how the team interprets under the same conditions.
  2. Each team will have fireworks and music combined to create a show that reflects the countries and national identity of the country they are from.
  3. A fireworks programme choreographed to music chosen by the team.

Along with the competitors, the festival will feature favourite “Cinderella” and Czeslaw Galaio tracks along with explosive conclusion by the festival organisers; Blikas, with a show including lasers, lights, pyro and music to end the festival with a certain bang.

Last years 1st place and spectator prize went to Liuyang Jinsheng fireworks from China, why not look at their video below to see exactly what the competition are up against this year.

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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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