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RESULTS – DA NANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: DA NANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
WHERE: DA NANG, VIETNAM
WHEN: SUMMER 2018

Some of the best exponents of pyrotechnic art brought together to battle it out with bright and beautiful firework effects and colour again this year.

It has become one of the most visited areas in the World and each year the increase in arrivals in the Country has gone up 25% every year for the last 5 years and it shows no sign of slowing down thanks to its dramatic landscape, the friendliness and hospitality of its people, some of the best, cleanest and most beautiful beaches and of course the food is beautifully fresh.

The annual Da Nang International Firework Festival includes, of course, an international competition as well as other events including a food festival, dance competition and a street carnival and parade.

The teams this year hailed from Portugal, Hong Kong, USA, France, Poland, Sweden, Italy and of course local representatives from Vietnam.

The winner of the Firework Competition was the team from Martello SR Italy who once again lifted the trophy for the second year running with their theme ‘Legend of Bridges’.

In my opinion, the first couple of minutes of the Italian display was a little odd as it was all to come side and there was little choreography going on as the timing was well and truly shot and the symmetry off. However, once they gained some momentum, it was simply gorgeous and some of the big shells were outstanding in both effect and sheer magnitude. A poor start quickly became a stunning display – well done Martello SR.

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PENGHU INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: PENGHU INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL
WHERE: PENGHU ISLANDS, TAIWAN
WHEN: 19TH APRIL – 21ST JUNE 2018
COST: FREE

This firework event has been part of the entertainment calendar now since 2003 and continues to entertain both locals and visitors alike in and around Taiwan as well as bringing much-needed funding to the local economy.

Organised by Penghu County Government, there are 23 firework display events with 17 set over the sea at Magong City’s Guanyinting Recreation area plus additional displays on some of the other areas on the Penghu Archipeligo.

There are around 90 islands in the Taiwan straight all of which have areas of stunning natural beauty featuring:

• Stunning beaches
• The whistling blowholes – these are created by air being pushed out as sea water enters the cavern below – this is in the small fishing village of Fenggui
• Fishing
• Penghu Great Bridge – this bridge connects some of the islands together and was constructed in 1970
• Food – the area is best known for the huge array of seafood on offer which is plentiful, cheap and delicious

This is a country steeped in culture and nods to its history can be seen everywhere.

Penghu Fireworks (35)

The fireworks will be provided by a number of local and international pyrotechnic companies including representatives from:

• Belgium
• Bulgaria
• China
• Spain

Alongside the fireworks, there will be an air show, local musicians and singers and performance artist making it a full entertainment package.

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CANNES INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL

WHAT: CANNES INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: BAIE DE CANNES, LA CROISETTE, CANNES, FRANCE
WHEN: VARIOUS DATES FROM 14TH JULY – 24TH AUGUST 2018
COST: FREE FROM AREAS AROUND THE BAY

There are few places synonymous with wealth and beauty, but Cannes must be one of them. Cannes is the quintessential playboy paradise with sun and sea and on the stunning French Riviera. Known for its luxury hotels and the area has been used to influence the film industry creating fantastic films like Ronin, Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief and the compelling French Connection to name but a few.

This event has been running for over 50 years now and continues to delight and amaze the gathered spectators today. There is a rich mix of pyro companies taking part in this year’s competition which will bring the best of the best to battle it out filling the skies over the azure blue waters of the Med. The Bay lies between Iles de Levine and La Pointe de L’Esterel and they are competing this year for the Silver Vestale.

The pyro is set up and fired from 3 barges in the Bay some 400 metres from the seafront. Each team is tasked with creating a 25-minute display choreographed to music. The judges will allocate the scores for each of the competing teams according to these rules:

Music and firework conception: originality and quality of the pyrotechnics
The soundtrack- quality and originality
The synchronisation – the precision timing between the bursts/breaks/effects and the cadence of the music track
General artistic impression – each juror will note their personal impressions and compare notes at the end

The teams competing and the dates they will be displaying on are as follows:

14TH JULY 2018 – SUREX – POLAND

21ST JULY 2018 – ARTVENTURA – FRANCE

29TH JULY 2018 – JUPITER – ARGENTINA

7TH AUGUST 2018 – ALPHA PYRO – FRANCE

15TH AUGUST 2018 – JOHO PYRO – FINLAND

24TH AUGUST 2018 – DRAGON FIREWORKS – PHILIPPINES

The jury awarded the Vestale D’ Argent 2017 to Patrick Brault from Alpha Pyrotechnie and the Jury Prize 2017 to Joven Ngo from Dragon Fireworks which was absolutely beautiful with clear crisp colours and effects throughout.

The support team is on the ball when it comes to clearing up after the event with a boat which goes out and clears up all the remnants of expired floating shells which are floating on the water and the next day a specialist team cleans up the seabed.

A couple of the teams have actually picked up awards at this event previously, so they will all be bringing their ‘A’ game. Jupiter won the silver vestal in 2015 and at the same competition, Surex picked up the jury’s prize.

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