We recently featured a blog post about the Putrajaya International Fireworks Competition but there was a surprise in store as it transpires that the event gained entry into the Malaysia Book of Records with the ‘Most Number of Firework Shots at a single event’.
During the course of the event, more than 12,600 fireworks were successfully fired gaining the event the record title.
The competition saw competing teams from Malaysia, USA, UAE, China, France and South Korea battle it out for the title of winner of the International Firework Competition 2013.
Here’s a breakdown of the winners:
Winners of the Putrajaya International Fireworks Competition 2013
1st place – Team Malaysia – Prize money of RM15,000.00
2nd place – Team United States – Prize money RM10,000.00
3rd place – Tied between Team China and Team France – Shared prize money – RM2,500.00 each
The fireworks, all synchronised to music were set off with the aid of a number of wireless devices.
Well done to the organisers and we hope to see more records broken at the 2014 event in Putrajaya.
The Putrajaya International Fireworks Competition of PIFC is coming to a close the first weekend in October. The start of the event coincided with Malaysia’s celebrations for their 56th anniversary of Independence.
This magnificent event, held at Putrajaya’s Maritime Centre in Precinct 5, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia offers simply spectacular views and with the pyro reflected back on the water – the resultant effects are breathtaking.
The teams, competing over several dates from 30th August to 2nd October were all to give the crowds a 25-minute display synchronised to music.
The competing teams and display dates:
• Malaysia – 30th August 2013 – A nice use of colours but in my opinion, the symmetry is a little off and the fireworks were a bit random with the mixture of fireworks.
• South Korea – 31st August 2013 – Really impressive and a good use of colours. The smiley face shells went a little bit awry but overall, an excellent show with some good great ground works with excellent colour and some cracking reports – great symmetry!
• France – 13th September 2013 – Sadly, there was either a great deal of smoke or fog around which did impact on the quality of the footage seen but it gave a very ethereal quality to the show overall. Brilliant with plenty of variety but without it appearing as if someone has just thrown everything in the storehouse at it. Some beautiful whispering palms but then again, I’m always a sucker for them.
• China – 14th September 2013 – Some fantastic aerial shells but a bit ‘samey’ from a colour point of view. Great use of bronze and reds together in the finale and a much evener pace and set up. In their defence, there was constant drizzle (which of course means everyone and everything was wet through) which will no doubt have had a huge impact on the show.
• USA – 15th September 2013 – Absolutely beautiful with some great use of colour combinations and exceptional pyro. The love hearts and spaceships were just lovely. The USA’s ground-works were absolutely exceptional.
The final display, due to fire on 2nd October 2013 will be the work of the United Arab Emirates with the team from Dubai ready to take on the rest of the World in this brilliant showdown.
The 3 million or so visitors to this year’s competitions have all been fortunate enough to have a splendid choice of diverse entertainments including traditional dance, good and musical performances.
We will bring you news of the winner once they are announced.
The festival enters its 12th year of competition and continues to grow in strength.
Fireworks today form part of the celebration for Malta’s accession to the European Union but they have been heavily involved in festivities going back over many hundreds of years, often (as in most of Europe) in place of celebratory gun-fire. The Maltese would always have fireworks on special occasions for example, the birth of a new member of royalty, the election of a new Pope (very appropriate at the moment following the election of Pope Francis) or in recognition of one of their army’s victories.
This year, the running order is as follows:
26/4/2013 – MARSAXLOKK – Competition day 1
Focs d’ Artifici Europla – Spain
Mount Carmel Fireworks – Malta
Lieto Fireworks – Italy
28/4/2013 – GOLDEN BAY – Competition day 2
Tal-Gilju Fireworks – Malta
123 Feuerwerk – Germany
Pirotecnia Minhota – Portugal
30/4/2013 – VALETTA – Competition winners announcement and finale
Announcement of the Winner of the Malta International Fireworks Festival 2013
Finale – A beautiful pyro-musical display by PyroEmotions of Italy
Whatever the reason, Malta’s fireworks festival remains one of the biggest in Europe and long may it continue.