WHAT: COURCHEVAL INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019 WHY: PYROTECHNIC COMPETITION WHEN: 14TH FEBRUARY – 7TH MARCH 2019 WHERE: COURCHEVEL, FRENCH ALPS COST: FREE TO WATCH
This year sees the 17th Annual International Firework Festival take place in February and March of this year. There will be 8000 spectators in attendance to see the firework shows intensified by the stunning snow-covered backdrops and fabulous live music.
Courchevel is one of the prime ski resorts in the French Alpine region and boasts 600 kilometers of pistes ranging from 23 of the easy green runs for beginners to 10 black runs which are incredibly difficult and are really for experts only.
This year 4 teams will battle it out over the snow-capped mountains to lift the trophy and we wish them all the very best of luck.
Here is a snippet of the promotional video about the event:
WHAT: Malta International Fireworks Festival 2016 WHY: To celebrate Malta’s accession into the European Union WHEN: Saturday 16th April, Saturday 23rd April and Saturday 30th April 2016 WHERE: The beautiful island of Malta COST: Free of charge for anyone and everyone
This year marks the 15th edition of this fabulous fireworks festival and it continues to go from strength to strength. This tiny island is a hugely popular holiday destination for sun and history lovers alike.
Malta is a devoutly Catholic island and the religion plays a major part in daily life. The majority of festivals are based upon religious iconography and during the daytime on any of the feasts and saints days held annually, there will be parades and Catholic masses abound during the daytime to honour the local parishes patron saint and the evening is given over to marching bands, food, drink and of course FIREWORKS.
Whilst at the moment only one of the current venues has been announced (the last one, Saturday 30th April, will be held in Valetta, Grand Harbour ).
Fireworks have been part and parcel of the way of life in Malta since the time of the Order of the Knights of St John, whose members used to celebrate special religious feasts with pyrotechnics for example when a new Grand Master (the leader of the islands church), a new Pope is elected or indeed a new Prince is born to one of the ruling families of Europe.
Malta’s history is long and there is evidence of many changes to the rule of the Island from the early settlers arriving in 5200BC who were Stone-age farmers and hunters through the centuries being ruled by the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Muslims, Normans, Spanish and eventually British rule following the signing of the treaty of Paris in 1814 until they gained independence on 21st September 1964 – Not bad at all, only 7000 years to eventually gain freedom!
The island shows evidence of its military combat and is still home to two HUGE Armstrong 100 ton guns (cannons) which were used in defence of the Island for more than 20 years in the late 19th century.
Of course, for the ‘pyro widows’ there is lots to see and do and if you are an adrenalin junkie, you can take part in water-sports, climbing and abseiling, paintball or even horse riding. If on the other hand, you would prefer relaxing and taking a swim, get along to St Peters Pool just outside of Marsaxlokk; a natural pool with beautiful azure waters and flat rocks.
So, if you are holidaying in Malta in mid to late April, get along to watch some world class international pyrotechnics.
The best vantage points to enjoy the spectacle will be from Barriera Wharf on the Valletta seafront or from the bastions of the harbour.
There will be lots of firework displays synchronised to music over the two nights, with a variety of Maltese fireworks factories competing for the very best display.
Fireworks in Malta have a long long tradition which goes back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St John. The feu de joie, the musketterija, the solfarelli d’aria, St Catherine’s wheels (irdieden) and other forms of fireworks, originated from explosives that were lit from mortars on special occasions, such as the election of a Grand Master or the birth of a prince.
The Malta Fireworks festival also serves to commemorate Malta’s accession into the European Union that took place on 1st May 2004.
Below is the Malta Fireworks Festival video from 2010. Enjoy.