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FIREWORKS FESTIVAL SCHEVENINGEN 2018

INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL SCHEVENINGEN 2018. The 39th event of its kind saw two weekends packed with some of the best pyrotechnics in Europe in a bid to win the title of ‘Most Spectacular Fireworks 2018.

Competing this year were:

AUSTRIA
ENGLAND
CHINA
JAPAN
SPAIN
NETHERLAND
BELGIUM
GERMANY

On 10th August 2018, the show had to be cancelled due to gale force winds and 6-foot waves!

The remainder of the teams took centre stage over the 11th, 17th and 18th August.

Last year’s winners Spain brought their ‘A game’ but they were beaten to the prize by the UK’s own Sirotechnics Fireworks who won Champion of Champions in the UK’s biggest pyro-musical competition in Southport in 2017 and were worthy winners in Scheveningen.

Check out the display for yourselves and see first hand this classy display. Very symmetrical, huge perfectly spherical shell breaks, some incredible slow burning palms, ghost shells and of course, heart and smiley shells.

It was nothing short of incredible so very well done once again to the UK beating the best of the rest of the World again this year.

WINNERS SIROTECHNICS - SCHEVENINGEN 2018 FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

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MIYAJIMA WATER FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

WHAT: MIYAJIMA WATER FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: WATER FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHEN: 25th AUGUST 2018 7:40pm – 8:40pm
WHERE: ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE, MIYAJIMA ISLAND, JAPAN
COST: FREE

Japan is well known for the huge number of summer festivals which take part across the country; all which include fireworks in some way shape or form. The Miyajima water fireworks festival will be one of the most unique and exciting displays you will witness this season in Japan.

Held every year at one of the popular tourist sites on Miyajima island, this is where the world heritage Itsukushima shrine is located and is instantly recognisable with its magnificent red “floating” Torii Gate. With over 300,000 visitors to the event no wonder that the water fireworks festival is known as one of the most spectacular displays in the country. To grab a seat and get in place for that perfect photo opportunity make sure that you arrive extra early. The festival is free to watch and can get busy really quickly. However, you can get a special viewing seat, and these are available in advance for around 6,000 Yen which equates to around 42.00 GBP. These are not exactly on the cheap side but the view that you get from the seats is incomparable.

From the early hours of the morning, the city is bustling more than it normally would be and by dusk, the crowds pack the shores on both the mainland side and island side of the river. Extra ferries and streetcars are brought in for the major event along with the ever-popular sightseeing boats just there for the one day for viewing the fireworks.

The fireworks are fired on the sea just behind the Torii gate creating gorgeous views as the 5,000 fireworks light up not only the sky but reflect in the water below. Launched in successive bursts the blooming flowers, glittering streamers and weeping willows fill the sky with a rainbow of colours and the odd bang as they break. Everyone eagerly awaits the finale as the firing is more rapid and the effects more varied covering the whole skyline.

The festival will be brought to a close amid boisterous cheering, whistles and of course loud applause from the appreciative audience.

Make sure that you don’t miss out on the only festival that combines one of Japan’s most scenic places with one of Japan’s favourite summer activities – fireworks.

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DOSHIN/UHB FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: DOSHIN/UHB FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHEN: FRIDAY 27TH JULY 2018 APPROX: 19:40PM – 20:30PM
WHERE: TOYOHIRA RIVER
COST: FREE

Be amazed this summer with over 4,000 lighting up the night sky over Sapporo. The Doshin / Uhb fireworks festival, or the Toyohira River Fireworks Festival as it is sometimes known, is the most popular fireworks festival held in Hokkaido. Put in your diaries to make sure you certainly don’t miss this summer pyro action.

The venue for this fantastic evening is along the Toyohiragawa river between Horohirobashi and Minamioohashi. The event itself is steeped in history spanning over half a century and this year will mark the 63rd time the event has been held in Sapporo City. It is the only event that is held on the riverbank of the Toyohira river, so as you can imagine there are crowds of locals and tourists alike that flock along the riverbanks to witness this magnificent display.

Lasting 60 minutes long be you can be up close and personal to the display in the area between Minamo-Ohashi bridge or the Horohia bridge over the Toyohira river. Please note as this is the closest place to the launch site expect to be a little cramped and everyone is aware that this is the best spot to be in for the best views.

If you don’t want to be in the heart of the action there are a few little spots away from the launch site that will still give you perfect views of the display. Nakajima Park is within walking distance of the river, you can sit on some of the terraces in Hoheikan, or for a really different view and evening, there are rowing boats available to hire and take out on the water.

There are little or no shops around for food and drinks, so it is advised that you take anything you will need for the evening with you. With 1 million visitors at least, each year and the number growing year upon year it is advised that you arrive and get your spot as early as possible on the day.  In the event of bad weather on the day the fireworks will be rescheduled to the following day.

The programme for the evening is as follows:

  • Part 1 – “Summer night fantasia” Launch star mine
  • Part 2 – “Art of Fire” Launch star mine
  • Part 3 – “Grande Finale” Widestar mine et al.

With over 4,000 rounds of fireworks been launched on the river. The show itself is split into three sections with small intervals in-between so that the air can clear from the smoke and give everyone the maximum viewing pleasure.

So, make sure that this summer you don your Yukata and join the crowds to witness the biggest and best pyrotechnical display on the Toyohiragawa river.

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