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ALEXANDRA PALACE (ALLY PALLY) FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

WHAT: ALEXANDRA PALACE (ALLY PALLY) FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHERE: ALEXANDRA PALACE, ALEXANDRA WAY, LONDON, N22 7AY
WHEN: FRIDAY 1ST AND SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2019
COST: SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

Make a note in your diaries as London’s biggest and best firework festival explodes onto the scene this November, at the beautiful Alexandra Palace. With plenty to see and do at the festival and the surrounding areas, there will be no shortage of things to keep the little (and big!) kids entertained for the full weekend.

Tickets for the event, taking advantage of the ‘early bird’ offer start from £9.50 per adult £7.50 child 11-15yrs and 10+ and under £1.50. Tickets for the German Bier festival (over 18’s only), the Luna Cinema and Ice-Skating rink have separate charges and must be bought in advance with the purchase of the fireworks festival tickets.

Things to do

Bier Festival – Held in the great hall for both evenings the largest ally pally bier festival this side of the Munich gets underway. Take your seat and get your beer delivered to your table, sit back and enjoy the music from tribute acts The Killerz on Friday and a tribute to Elton John on Saturday. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance; it is advised to arrive early to grab a good spot.

Luna Cinema – settle in and have a movie night in the recently restored Victorian theatre, hosting great movies on both nights. Friday – Harry Potter and the philosophers stone – begins at 18:45pm/ silence of the lambs – begins at 21:50. Saturday – toy story 4 – begins at 17:45pm / V for Vendetta – begins at 20:50pm. The doors for all performances open 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.

Ice Skating – the rink will be open during the festival and will be offering public sessions and disco. Get your groove on as you skate around on the ice listening to pop and fun music. This is an additional add on ticket and must be purchased in advance of your fireworks tickets. Times open

Friday- doors open at 17:00pm

17:30pm – 18:45pm – Public session

19:30pm – 20:45pm – Public session

21:30pm – 23:00pm – Disco

Saturday – doors open at 16:00pm

16:30pm – 17:45pm – Public session

18:30pm – 19:45pm – Public session

20:30pm – 22:30pm – Disco

Prices – £9 public / £10 Disco

 StrEATlife – Street food & Craft Beer – With the biggest names in street food make sure that you pay a visit to one of London’s best street food festivals. Fill your face and get your jig on as this year’s live music is from the curator of this year’s soundtrack the legendary DJs Rob Da Bank (Friday) and Jazzie B (Saturday).

Family Area food and drink – If you have the little ones in tow or even have big kids in the family then make sure you visit the family area. Choose from numerous food and drink options with kid friendly portions, music, cabaret, a funfair for the thrill-seekers.

Other Food & Drink – As well as the designated areas there will be plenty of stalls and traders dotted all around the site, with food and drink options to suit every taste even those fussy ones.

Bonfire – To start the proceedings and a new spectacle to the festival is the lighting of the bonfire. Be mesmerised as the fire performers bring the spectacular theatrics just before the official lighting of the bonfire that will dwarf all others that you have seen. A 30-foot effigy will burn at the very top of the bonfire designed by local young people as part of an Alexandra Palace learning project working with local artists.

Fireworks – this is our favourite part. The ally pally is renowned for its spectacular fireworks display and will be lighting up the London skyline once again this year as it has done for the last 150 years. The pyro musical will be to a special soundtrack put together by Radio1 and BBC6 radio presenter Rob De Bank the person behind bestival and camp bestival.

Times of opening for all areas

Friday 1st November – entry to the park is permitted from 6pm and the site will be open until 11pm. The German Bier festival and Street food village will also be open from pm the Bonfire will be lit at 7:30pm. Fireworks will begin at 9pm on the dot so you are advised to turn up well before then to grab a good spot and not miss any of the show.

Saturday 2nd November – Entry to the park is permitted from 4pm and the site is open until 10:30pm. The German Bier festival and street food village will also open at 4pm. The bonfire will be lit at 6:30pm. Fireworks will begin at 8:pm on the dot so you are advised to turn up well before then to grab a good spot and not miss any of the show.

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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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