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PASSFIRE THE SERIES – SEASON 2

Back in March, we brought you the latest on the Passfire team from the USA, led by Jesse Veverka and his team who have made the second season of the documentary about fireworks around the World.

In season 1 we followed them on their global trip, checking out the traditions and love of pyrotechnics, whether for competition, religious celebrations or just for the pyrotechnics. They showed us Maltese shells, Galician rockets, Maltese wheels, Japanese artistry and pyroheads from around the world.

In Season 2 they spend more time with the pyrotechnicians who fire these beautiful creations, learning more about what it takes to be a pro-firer, the weeks of planning for weeks and months to ensure the general public continue to love fireworks from the Thrissur Pooram celebrations in India to being behind the scenes with Foti Fireworks.

Due for release shortly, it shows us all the fascination that pyrotechnics still hold around the world.

Updated Passfire The Series: Season 2 Trailer

Updated Passfire the Series: Season 2 trailer! Join us for a new season Passfire, the documentary series about fireworks culture across the globe. The DVDs are at the duplication house, the t-shirts and hoodies are getting printed, Indiegogo rewards will ship shortly, discs will be avaiable for pre-order soon and online distribution will start next week!

Posted by Passfire on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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ROCK MUSIC AND FIREWORKS – AN EXPLOSIVE COMBINATION

The World of music is a transient one but the groups and bands that have stood the test of time have learned that finishing a show on a high, keeps bringing the fans back time after time.

This is impressive as some, who have been in the business for many years (The Rolling Stones have been rocking for over 50 years) are still packing arenas around the world. What they put it down to are the pyrotechnics both during and in the finale of their most memorable shows.

Some of the best include The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Who and of course, the magnificent AC/DC whose music track ‘Thunderstruck’ is hugely popular on the professional firework circuit have all given spectacular performances followed by fireworks.

These are some of the beauties from the Rock Video back catalogue – some of them use the fireworks as a thank you and others, like AC/DC are renowned for making a swift exit whilst the crowds are still staring open-mouthed at the fireworks. This clip shows the fireworks but as you can see the band have literally ‘left the building’.

AC/DC – GLASGOW 2009

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 2016

BON JOVI CONCERT 2010

We, of course, love both rock and fireworks so the combination in our opinion is first rate.

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PYRO PASSIONATE

Bonfires and fireworks have been used for a Millenia to celebrate all manner of things including victory and deliverance and the Bonfire Societies of Sussex have been at the forefront of such events for most of them. Following on from the failed plot of 1605 by Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby and co, King James ordered that henceforth Bonfires were to be lit but the history of the Bonfire Societies go back a further 50 years to the reign of Queen Mary 1st (aka Bloody Mary) who mercilessly persecuted Protestants under the guise of being heretics killing several hundred during her reign. As a devout Catholic, she was wholly unimpressed by the changes to the church by her father King Henry VIII and she was resolute in deciding to punish all those who had decided to change to the less formal Church of England.

The Bonfire Boyes and Belles started in the early 17th century but by the late 18th century they were pretty much forgotten but by the 1820’s large contingents of Bonfire Boyes were rioting and causing havoc throughout the region.

Annually, Lewes Bonfire Society carry 17 burning crosses through the town before a wreath is laid at the War Memorial in the centre of town and burning tar barrels are then thrown into the River Ouse both in memory of those who lost their lives in the name of religion and in defiance of authorities who had in the past tried to stop the Bonfire Boyes from their mildly anti-religious/anti-political ministrations.

1/9/18 – UCKFIELD CARNIVAL SOCIETY

8/9/18 – CROWBOROUGH BONFIRE AND CARNIVAL SOCIETY

15/9/18 – MAYFIELD BONFIRE BOYES AND BELLES

22/9/18 – BURGESS HILL BONFIRE SOCIETY

29/9/18 – ROTHERFIELD AND MARK CROSS BONFIRE SOCIETY – EASTBOURNE BONFIRE SOCIETY

6/10/18 – HAILSHAM BONFIRE SOCIETY

13/10/18 – HASTINGS BONFIRE SOCIETY

20/10/18 – NORTHIAM BONFIRE SOCIETY – SEAFORD BONFIRE SOCIETY – NEVILLE JUVENILLE BONFIRE SOCIETY – NINFIELD BONFIRE SOCIETY – FLETCHING BONFIRE SOCIETY

27/10/18 – LITTLEHAMPTON BONFIRE SOCIETY – EWHURST AND STAPLECROSS BONFIRE SOCIETY – NEWICK BONFIRE SOCIETY

3/11/18 – BATTLE BONFIRE SOCIETY

5/11/18 – LINDFIELD BONFIRE SOCIETY – EDENBRIDGE BONFIRE SOCIETY

5/11/2018 – EAST HOATHLY AND HALLAND CARNIVAL SOCIETY – ROBIN HOOD BONFIRE SOCIETY

10/11/18 – SOUTH HEIGHTON BONFIRE SOCIETY – CHAILEY BONFIRE SOCIETY – ISFIELD BONFIRE SOCIETY

17/11/18 – ROBERTSBRIDGE BONFIRE SOCIETY

24/11/18 – HAWKHURST BONFIRE SOCIETY

If you are of a mind to keep a tradition of acknowledging the history of the Sussex region for both its community spirit and to help to raise funds for charities.

Charities like You Raise Me Up which provides much-needed funding to support families who have lost a child between 16 and 25 who know first-hand the pain of such loss, and Rainbow Bridge Equine Rescue which rescues and rehomes horses and ponies from across the region. There are usually two nominated charities each year for the Bonfire Societies so plenty of support being given.

There aren’t many celebrations of yesteryear left thanks to the ‘politically correct’ joy removers in our nanny state who have already cleansed us of games of conkers, competitive sport in school and climbing trees so if you would like a new and wholly community centred pastime which supports both the community and worthy causes, get in touch with your local bonfire society for more details.

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