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GlobalFest Firework Festival 2019

WHAT: GLOBALFEST 2019
WHY: FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHERE: ELLISTON PARK, CALGARY
WHEN: THURSDAY 15THE AUGUST 6PM TO SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST 11PM
COST: STANDARD TICKET $21 (£13) (NIGHT SPECIFIC)

The festival was implemented in 1994 when the Calgary Fireworks Festival Society was looking for a safe firework launching site.  After some time, they discovered Elliston Park and its lake which is the second largest lake in Calgary. After joining forces with the International Avenue Arts & Culture Centre plans were put forward for a joint festival in 2003. This is when the festival was born and audiences of almost 100,000 were entertained.

Today the festival is known for showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence with many competitors from all over the world invited to take part in this explosive event.

Growing year on year Globalfest now consists of several components

  • One world festival – up to 24 cultural pavilions including ethnic food stalls to experience cuisines from Caribbean, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India to name a few. In the evening there is a night market and also live music to entertain you before the fireworks.
  • International fireworks festival – 6 fantastic firework displays from up to 5 international teams.

To make the fireworks festival more unique than at any other festival the adjudicators set out the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the display,
  2. The originality of the artistic concept: the choice of music and staging
  3. Brilliance and richness of the colours used,
  4. 25% of the music used is native to the presenting country,
  5. Synchronization: the precision of the marriage between music, sound effects, and fireworks,
  6. Teams use of a compulsory piece: 2019 piece is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  7. The scope of the work,

With these rules in place, it ensures that every night is like a world premier never to be repeated. To add to this, you have the advantage of 2 shows for the price of one as the lake gives a perfect reflection of the action happening in the skies above.

Schedule of teams

Thursday 15th August – USA – Pyro Spectaculars by Souza

Saturday 17th August – Spain – Pirotechnia Zaragozana

Tuesday 20th August – China – Liuyang Jintan Fireworks

Thursday 22nd August – Canada – Archangel Fireworks Inc.

Saturday 24th August – Grand Finale – Sirius Fireworks (Montreal, Quebec)

The gates to gain entry will be open from 6pm and no other entry will be gained after 9:15pm so ensure that you arrive early to take in the smells, tastes, sights, and sounds that the festival has to offer before the fireworks begin

Check out the winning show from last year from the fantastic firers from Spain’s Zaragozana Pirotechnia:

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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019 EASTNOR CASTLE

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019 – EASTNOR CASTLE
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: EASTNOR CASTLE, LEDBURY, HEREFORDSHIRE
WHEN: SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST 2019
COST: SEE THE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

This is the penultimate event in the Firework Champions calendar and one which is widely supported both locally and nationally.

A great social event to spend quality time outdoors with friends and family before an evening of the best the UK has to offer in firework displays.

The set up is that there are 3 competitive displays of around 10 minutes each with a short gap between each team’s display followed by text voting and a finale show whilst the votes are counted by organisers MLE Pyrotechnics.

You can play this either way; a few egg sarnies and a bottle of water or go the full hog and order a luxury hamper with Champagne and foie gras. There are also vendors on site if you get a yearning for a greasy burger too so something to suit every pocket and taste.

There are bouncy castles, rides, and attractions too so the children will have plenty to do before festivities begin.

Here are the competitors:

CAMBRIDGE FIREWORKS – CAMBRIDGE

This will be the 3rd time this team have competed at a Firework Champions event and lifted the win last year at the beautiful Ragley Hall.

Cambridge fireworks has more than 60-years of experience in the world of pyrotechnics which is evidenced by their professionalism and attention to detail; lots of colour, effects and precision timing.

SKYDAZZLE PYROTECHNICS – NEWPORT, WALES

This team has more than 20 years in the business of pyrotechnics run by hubby and wife team Mike and Karen. They are not afraid of getting wet and muddy and are acknowledged as one of the nicest couples on the pro-firing circuit and Karen mothers and feeds them all. They have a huge array of trophies and will, of course, be bringing their ‘A’ game.  Renowned for their music choreography you can expect a very touching and emotional display.

PENDRAGON FIREWORKS – CWMBRAN, WALES

The premier firework display company in Wales with 20 years experience they have an outstanding safety record and supply fireworks for everything from weddings and celebrations to product launches and all in between.

They won the Welsh National Firework Championships two years running and in 2008 won the prestigious British Firework Championships in Plymouth.

Once all three teams have shown their wares it is time to open the vote, which is done by both a team of judges and the gathered crowds at the event. Whilst this is in process, organisers of the Firework Champions series of events, MLE Pyrotechnics take centre stage. This Daventry based company have been firing professional shows since 2005 and were central in the creation of the spectacular and highly accurate firing system ‘Fire By Wire’ which is used across the firework industry.

We would like to offer all the competitors our very best and we will bring you details of the winners shortly.

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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – NEWBY HALL 2019

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – NEWBY HALL
WHY: FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: NEWBY HALL, RIPON, NORTH YORKSHIRE
WHEN: 20TH JULY 2019
COST: SEE THE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

Yorkshire aka ‘Gods own County’ plays host to the first in the series of brilliant firework champions events, to be held in the grounds of the grade I listed Newby Hall near Ripon in North Yorkshire.

The imposing Hall was designed by a collective of Architects including contributions from Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Adam resulting in a stunning façade with even more impressive interior. Packed with furniture from the earliest beginnings of the house from Thomas Chippendale and artworks from Rome dated from around the first century BC to the second century AD.

Firework Champions 2016 - Newby Hall by Dave Carter

On the day of the Firework Champions event, the gates open for the audience at 4pm and the on-site entertainment kicks off at around 5pm with the event compere out and about in the crowds chatting with the display teams before the real fun gets under way.

This event also gives the crowd the chance to learn more about the fireworks industry and put their burning questions (no pun intended) to the experts.

As the night closes in the fun starts off with a demo at 9.15 and then the first competitors fire at 9.30pm.

The Competitors:

PYRO 2000

The display arm of Standard/Black Cat Fireworks have been competing and creating spectacular displays for over 30 years and their clients include the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as well as an impressive trophy cabinet going back over 20 years including wins in Canada, Monaco and Lithuania to name a few.

ILLUSION FIREWORKS

This company was established in 2014 by husband and wife team Karl and Vicky Mitchell-Shead and they have never looked back.  Last year was incredible as the team picked up wins at the Firework Champions event at Stanford Hall, then the British Firework Championships in Plymouth and then topped off their competition season with a stunning display at the British Musical Firework Championships in Southport.

Certain to bring colour and effects to the fore, this team are on a roll so the others had better get their battle dress on.

SPECTRUM FIREWORKS

A team of firework and SFX specialists, this highly trained and knowledgeable team have worked for some of the UK’s biggest companies, creating mind-blowing displays for the BBC, Local Authorities and National and International companies including Audi.

Once all the competitors have completed their display, the organisers MLE Pyrotechnics Ltd take centre stage and continue to thrill the crowds whilst the voting is cast and counted.

A lovely day out for all the family and whether you want to take along a picnic and a blanket or eat out close by, there is plenty to choose from.

There will be some onsite concessions and whilst you are welcome to bring along a picnic, no BBQ’s are allowed.

So for great family fun and fabulous fireworks, get along to your local Firework Champions event.

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