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NAR TAL-ART

WHAT: MALTA MECHANIZED GROUND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHEN: SATURDAY 14th APRIL 2018 (SETUP OF THE DISPLAY ON FRIDAY 13th APRIL 2018)
WHERE: THE GRANARIES, ST PUBLIUS SQUARE, FLORIANA, MALTA
WHY: MECHANICAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
COST: FREE :)

This year marks the 12th mechanized ground fireworks festival in sunny Malta which is an event organized by the Floriana Local Council.

Ground fireworks are a uniquely Maltese tradition which forms an important part of festa (fiesta) celebrations in Malta and Gozo.

2014 Nar tal-Art

The event begins on 13th April at 10.00am where you can see the set up in daylight so you can see first-hand the complex intricacies of these very special mechanized creations.

The displays actually take place on Saturday 14th April at 10.15pm and they are absolutely fascinating with contra-rotating mechanisms and others which move in and out using a huge number of gears and chains called Katina to wonderful effect.

Last year’s winning team was from St Michaels Firework Factory in Lija and the piece included dual wheels, 1800 drivers and it changed colour and shape constantly including the addition of screeches at the end. A very well deserved win for this incredible creation.

This event takes place in the midst of the Fireworks Festival in Malta which takes place from the 1 st to the 30 th April 2018 so you will be royally entertained if you can manage to schedule your holiday within these times – particularly for a pyrotechnician.

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Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival 2018

WHAT: THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS FIREWORK FESTIVAL
WHY: PYROTECHNIC BASED CELEBRATION
WHEN: THURSDAY 1st MARCH AND FRIDAY 2nd MARCH 2018
WHERE: YANSHUI DISTRICT, TAINAN, TAIWAN

Named as one of the most dangerous fireworks festivals in the world this even is certainly not for the faint-hearted. The Yanshui beehive fireworks festival runs alongside the lantern festival it is believed that it originates from the early 1800’s.

Sadly, the whole of Asia was deep in a Cholera pandemic for almost 20 years and the locals would pray and ask the Chinese god of war, Guan Gong, to visit the town to help them get rid of this terrible disease. To welcome the god, the locals added firecrackers to the lantern releases and following the offering, the disease subsided; and the town now continues this tradition to make sure that no harm returns to the village in the future.

Firecrackers have now been replaced by the beehives which can contain anything from a few to several hundred thousand fireworks and can cost tens of thousands of pounds, but to the locals, it just means that they will have masses of good luck for the coming year.

2013 Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival 鹽水蜂炮

After the lanterns are set alight and cover the night sky, palanquins each parade a holy figure around the town and the beehives follow shortly after having been strategically positioned every few yards along the parade route.

Inching through the towns and villages everyone huddles alongside the beehives marking every inch of where the parade has been. It may look as if the area has been invaded by aliens from another galaxy as the local’s don motorcycle helmets, non-flammable clothing, gloves, scarves making sure not to leave an inch of flesh exposed. Filled with both excitement and anticipation the last get into place before the siren wails to warn anyone with 2nd thoughts about partaking in the event.

Once lit the beehives go off within seconds like a swarm of bees the lights, flashes, bangs and screams fill the air and floor shooting in every direction. Bouncing from helmets, and other parts of the body some of the balconies surrounding the area throw fireworks from them going into the 1000’s of people in the crowds contributing to the mayhem happening below. If you look closely you may find a religious few that face the fireworks with only a loin cloth for protection. In a couple of minutes, the mayhem comes to a stop and every one them looks skyward for the epic fireworks display to bringing an end to the evening.

If you are thinking of going and participating in this event yourself there 1st night of the beehive festival is normally held for the locals and it’s the second night that tourist can attend.

2013 Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival 鹽水蜂炮

Don’t worry if you don’t have the appropriate clothing there are stalls and shops galore selling everything you need to cover yourself. Just remember not to duck if you can help it, the more that hits you the better the luck you will get in the forthcoming year.

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Forte Dei Marmi Fireworks Festival

WHAT: FORTE DAI MARMI INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2016
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: 4TH AND 18TH JUNE AND 9TH AND 23RD JULY 2016
WHERE: THE PIER, FORT DEI MARNI, NORTHERN ITALY
COST: FREE

2016 marks the second edition of this fantastic new competition event of 4 nights entertainment which also brings together, pyro-technists from across the world in order to compete for the trophy but more importantly, the accolade of firing for the Town’s church fiesta.

The teams from England and South Africa have already enjoyed the Italian hospitality when they each fired before huge crowds on the 4th and 18th June. At the moment, it would appear that they are giving little away as to the possible winner but following on from this weekend’s event the professional judges, from the world of arts and culture, will have sufficient information to make an informed choice.

First to fire were SMart Pyrotechnics from Salisbury in the UK. This team was established in 2007 by Steve Martin and Anthony Foti (Austrian) and they are firmly placed at the top of their game. SMart lifted the First place in the British Musical Firework Championships in Southport in 2015 and they won the Audience Vote from Southport in 2014 as well as being worthy winners of the 1st place in Courcheval in France.

Next up, 18th June, ‘Fireworks for Africa’ with their team of professionals began back in 1996 under the guidance of Nick Mitri. Once they had honed their skills in their domestic market, they have certainly made a name for themselves as worthy opponents as they have taken the rest of the world by storm. They picked up the spectators award at Ignis Brunensis (Brno – Czech Republic) followed by a very close second place at Herrenhausen (not bad for the first ever African competitors) and they also have taken part in competition in Da Nang, Macao and Hannover.

This weekend finds the last of the three teams competing; FLASH ART GROUP which was established in 1987 and their display team have performed shows in Germany and across Europe with some success. In addition to competing, they have fired displays for all manner of events from the opening and closing of the Cricket Super League in February this year and of course, the finale fireworks for the F1 race in Abu Dhabi in 2015.

The final day is the 23rd of July when the votes are counted and the awards firstly for the Audience Vote will be allocated and then the technical jury will announce their champion before the display from Pyrotechnics Morsani gets underway for the entertainment of the spectators.

The winners will be responsible for the fireworks on Sunday 28th August 2016 for the traditional Fiesta of the Patron of St Hermes (aka Festa di Sant’ Ermete) which takes place over 3 days at the latter end of August annually. They will light up the picturesque church with light and effects.

The Northern Tuscan seaside town in Versilia is most certainly the holiday/short break destination for wealthy VIPS and celebrities.

It is certainly going to be a hard-fought last round but we will bring you news of the outcome as soon as we can as usual.

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