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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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GLOBALFEST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: GLOBALFEST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION/FESTIVAL
WHERE: ELLISTON PARK, CALGARY, CANADA
DATES: 16TH – 25TH AUGUST 2018
COST: $20 BUT CHECK SITE FOR MORE DETAILS AS PRICES MAY VARY

The Calgary Fireworks Festival started in 2001 after a painstaking search for a suitable venue which was large enough to hold a firework competition both safely and with enough space for the spectators to enjoy and it has never looked back.

Get your 2018 GlobalFest tickets at all @firstcalgary, @chinookfinancial & Legacy Financial branches & locations now! General Admission – first 4 nights – $10 General Admission – Finale – $20 GlobalPass (all 5 nights) – $45 Prices do not include GST or online fees where applicable. Free admission for children 5 and under. All ticket sales final. No refunds or exchanges. These prices are available until May 26. For more festival information, visit www.globalfest.ca. Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival & Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival Thursday, August 16 – Ukraine Saturday, August 18 – Spain Tuesday, August 21 – Philippines Thursday, August 23 – China Saturday, August 25 – Finale #yyc #yycfestivals #globalfest #fireworks #summer2018 Photo cred: J&J Lawrence Photography – Nathalie Terekhova

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Today, the festival is an amalgamation of the firework festival with the cultural arts. Today, Globalfest brings in tens of thousands of visitors annually to see the myriad of cultural pavilions (there will be 20+ at the 2018 event) and experience great tasting delicacies from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Caribbean as well as local munchies so there is something for every taste.

There is live music, heritage dress and cultural music to be enjoyed around the event.

Of course, the fireworks are an intrinsic part of the proceedings and here are the teams firing and the dates they will be displaying:

UKRAINE – DANCE OF FIRE – 16TH AUGUST 2018
SPAIN – PYROTECNIA ZARAGOZANA – 18TH AUGUST 2018
PHILIPPINES – BLUE PEACOCK FIREWORKS – 21ST AUGUST 2018
CHINA – CHANGSHA MEITAI FIREWORKS – 23RD AUGUST 2018
MEXICO – SIRIUS PYROTECHNICS – 25TH AUGUST 2018

The displays will be judged by an appointed jury who will be basing their scores on the following;

1. The quality of the display
2. The originality of the artistic concept: the choice of music and staging
3. Brilliance and richness of 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. Team’s use of a compulsory piece: “The Planets – Mars, the Bringer of War” by Gutav Holst
7. The scope of the work

The doors will be open to gain entry from 6pm but there will be absolutely no admission after 9.15pm so ensure that you get there in plenty of time to get to your spot before the fireworks begin.

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Globalfest – Calgary Fireworks 2014

GlobalFest 2013

This event has been a familiar feature of the entertainment calendar for Calgary since 2003 and as it enters its 12th year of fireworks and fun, (you can read all about last years here) this year promises to be even bigger and better than last year.

Each of the countries represented at Calgary Globalfest brings colour, music and light together to showcase the sheer beauty and elegance of their homeland. Last year’s ‘Best of 2013’ winners France will be back this year to try their luck and a consecutive win may be on the cards.

The festival is not just about fireworks as it is a cultural bringing together of a massive number of nationalities to enable all of the visitors the opportunity to learn a little more about themselves and one another.

Globalfest Fireworks Finale

There are over 20 cultural pavilions which aim to include visitors and let them have a special insight into lifestyles as diverse as mouth-watering food and brilliantly colourful costumes from India including how to correctly drape a beautiful ‘saree’ or you can also enjoy a relaxing massage in the Thailand pavilion or learn the intricacies of Persian calligraphy writing from the natives of Iran.

‘Foodies’ will thoroughly enjoy the diversity of the food concessions including the rich and vibrant food of the Caribbean or the spicy subtlety of the variety of food from Indonesia or Vietnam. There is literally something for every taste and palate.

There is also a night market every evening to enable you to pick up a cultural piece of jewellery or an authentic piece of art from China or Thailand. Or perhaps you are looking for that ‘one-off’ keepsake for a family member? There will also be a number of clothing outlets, candles and scented products, limited edition one off mobile phone accessories for you to peruse.

GlobalFest 2013

Of course, in our opinion, the best thing about this event has to be the majestic fireworks displays. The fireworks competition, sponsored by Trico Homes, is an international event where a different country is represented on each of the five nights with the finale on the fifth night being performed by Sirius Pyrotechnics who are representing Calgary.

The firing order is as follows:

• Japan – Thursday 14th August 2014 – Akariya Fireworks
• Thailand – Saturday 16th August 2014 – Thailand Fireworks
• Vietnam – Tuesday 19th August 2014 – Team DaNang VietNam
• France – Thursday 21st August 2014 – Sarl FC Pyro
• Finale – Saturday 23rd August 2014 – Sirius Pyrotechnics (representing the home team)

The judge’s decisions will be based on the following areas:

• Quality
• Scope of the work
• Brilliance and colours of the pieces used
• Musical choreography
• Originality of the artistic impressions
• Musical choices
• 25% of the music is native to the representative country

It is a hard-fought competition but with the added advantage of the firing site being at the water’s edge with all the pyro being reflected in the moonlit waters it is a truly gorgeous place in its own right but with the fireworks as well, pure magic.

If you should get the opportunity to visit, we would simply love to see any footage you may have shot whilst you are there both of the fireworks and the event as a whole.

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