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MACAO INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION 2019

WHAT: MACAO INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION 2019
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: 7TH, 13TH, 21ST AND 28TH SEPTEMBER AND 1ST (NATIONAL DAY) AND 5TH OCTOBER 2019
WHERE: SEA AREA IN FRONT OF THE MACAO TOWER
COST: FREE TO WATCH

For the first time, in this the 30th event of the annual Macao International Fireworks Display Contest, the competition will involve representatives from 12 nations – more than ever before.

The contest, which is held over six nights from September 7 till October 5, will be the most comprehensive and spectacular series of fireworks displays taking place in this tiny Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China.

Further to this year’s competition, there is an anniversary fireworks night scheduled for December 20th which is the date of the handing back control of this little area from Portuguese rule in 1999, followed by the traditional New Year fireworks on December 31.

Six evenings of enchanting fireworks and music pitting the abilities of some of the world’s best professional pyrotechnics teams against one another in the skies over the stunning Macao Tower,

Each evening of the event, two teams will take part and their display lasts between 10 and 15 minutes, firing at 9pm and 9.40pm respectively. This trophy is one of the most coveted international trophies in the pyro industry.

In addition to the firework displays, there will be cultural dance and music, a carnival and local food and drink outlets with the delicious street food of every kind.  Plus, the event has numerous competitions running on their web page including photo competition, drawing contests, and trophy design so if you are arty or have an interest in photography, check out the website for more information.

The food of Macao is clearly influenced by their Portuguese heritage with much of the architecture looks more like a street in Lisbon rather than an area in Asia.  The food tastes are also more of a fusion of the Macau and the Portuguese tastes with Portugal’s national dish of a sweet egg custard tart in puff pastry still being top of the list closely followed by the humble ‘pork chop bun’ which essentially is a well-seasoned pork chop in a warm buttered crusty roll. Mmmmm

Eating out is much the same as in any major city and the place caters for everything from fine dining to tasty street food and you can expect great seafood thanks to the City’s position on the coast and the area eats LOTS of Pork.

The cost of living is considerably cheaper than it is in the UK BUT, it is a VERY small place which is packed with high rise buildings (at only 12.7 square miles, it is THE most populated region in the World). Dubbed the Las Vegas of China, this little region attracts HUGE visitor numbers – last year, although there are on 670,000 or so residents, there were a staggering 38 MILLION visitors last year.

Last year, the event was won by Liuyang New Year Firework Trading Company Ltd from China and the runners up were Marutamaya Ogatsu Firework Co. Ltd from Japan and as a result, China will be firing on 1st October which is the regions National Day.

Check out the video of Japan’s display from 2018:

Teams competing are as follows:

SATURDAY 7/9/2019

MALAYSIA – BLASTMASTER SDN BHD

PHILIPPINES – PLATINUM FIREWORKS

FRIDAY 13/9/2019

PORTUGAL – PIROTECNIA MINHOTA LDA

KOREA – DAEHAM FIREWORK CO

SATURDAY 21/9/2019

UK – MLE PYROTECHNICS LTD

ROMANIA – PYRO-TECHNIC TRANSILVANIA SRL

SATURDAY 28/9/2019

SOUTH AFRICA – FIREWORKS FOR AFRICA

CANADA – FEU D’ARTIFICES ORION

TUESDAY 1/10/2019

FRANCE – SAS BREZAC ARTIFICES

CHINA  – FIREWORKS TRADING CO. LTD

SATURDAY 5/10/2019

JAPAN – MARUTAMAYA OGATSU FIREWORKS CO

AUSTRALIA – CARDIKE INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS PTY LTD

Check out the clip of last year’s winning display:

We will, of course, bring you the details of the winners after Bonfire Night.

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SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION

WHAT: SAN SEBASTIAN FIREWORKS
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: 11TH – 18TH AUGUST 2019
WHERE: LA CONCHA BAY, SAN SEBASTIAN
COST: FREE

If you’re a fireworks lover of any kind, then this is a festival that you must not miss.

Not only is it the fireworks festival in Sebastian, but also the celebrations are underway from Great Week or “Semana Grande” in Spanish, you may also hear it referred to Aste Nagusia as this is the Basque name for the celebration. 2019 will be a weeklong party with lots planned there is something for all the family to enjoy.

The official opening of the festival is the ceremonial firing of the cannon in Alderdi Eder gardens in the evening around 7pm. You will see fires in many areas of the city the most common places are the Paseo de la Concha and surrounding streets, but wherever you visit during this time there is an abundance of activities and things to do and see. Music performances, street parties, concerts, sports activities plus much more. And the highlight and the biggest event of the week towards the end of the celebration. This is when the International fireworks competition takes place, Scores of locals and visitors flock to the city to witness worldwide participants compete against each other in a chance to win the famous “conchade oro” prize.

The competition is held on La concha beach, but you can also view the fireworks from other points around the city as well such as Zurriola Beach, Urgull Mount or from the port as well. If you want to watch from the beach it is advised to get there early as it can become quite crowded, this is a prime viewing spot. Not only is the Concha beach known as one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, but the fireworks and the reflections on the sea making it a magnificent display and 2 shows for the price of one.

Each night of the week a different competitor will take their artwork to the skies showing off the colours and effects to the best of their abilities to entertain and capture the audience.  Competing this year are as follows:

Saturday 10th August – Pyrotecnic Valecea (Araba/ Alava)

Sunday 11th August – Ciels En Fete (France)

Monday 12th August – Scarcella Fireworks (Italy)

Tuesday 13th August – Pirotecnia Vulcano (Madrid)

Wednesday 14th August – Pirotecnia Gironina (Valencia)

Thursday 15th August – IP Innovative (Germany)

Friday 16th August – Hermanos Caballer Pirotenicos (Castellon)

Saturday 17th August – Pirotecnia Ricasa (Valencia)

On the final day of the competition, the votes are cast by the public and the jury and the award ceremony takes place. To end the evening with a bang the crowds are then treated to special pyro musical display.

With plenty of things to see and do around this week if you can’t make the official start of the celebrations, and you are going to be in Spain, make sure that the fireworks are in your diaries as this is one competition that does not disappoint.

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TARRAGONA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2019

WHAT: TARRAGONA FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2019
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHERE: LAYA D EL MIRACLE BEACH, TARRAGONA, SPAIN
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY TO SATURDAY 6TH JULY 2019

One thing that the Spanish are known for doing well is a fiesta and the international fireworks competition in Tarragona has everything associated with them. Warm summer evenings, music and street entertainment along with a mixture of traditional dress, tapas tasting areas and spectacular fireworks makes this one not to be missed.

Dating back to 1990 it is now one of the most important festivals across the med with more than 60,000 spectators visit the city to enjoy the open-air style party.

Several applications are received each year from Europe and beyond all hoping that they impress the selection board enough to secure a place in the competition. Funding is offered towards the shows but also there are strict criteria to be met for every team. The winners not only grab the 1st prize but they also fire at the Santa Tecla festival in September.

Schedule

WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY – PIROTECHNIA ESTEBAN MARTIN SL DE GRANADA

A family run business that is now in its 4th generation. Formed in 1895 they have won the VII pirotechnia comp city of el ejido (champion of champions) in the edition of the pyro-musical show in 2002 and 1st prize in the international fireworks contest city of el ejido in 1999 and 2000.

Number of pyrotechnics using 419KG

THURSDAY 4TH JULY – PIROTECHNIA ALPUJARREND OF GRANADA

Emerging in 1890 this team is also on the 4th generation of management. As well as producing and launching some fantastic displays they also are manufacturers and designers of fireworks. They have brought the latest advances in security, production and quality control to performances.

Number of pyrotechnics 652KG

FRIDAY 5TH JULY – PIROTECHNIA DEL MEDITERRANEO OF VILAMARXANT (VALENCIA)

The manager Antonio Garcia Juan has run the company since it was created in 2015. He has gained his experience from different fireworks workshops before creating his own company. This will be the second time that they have taken part in the competition hoping to show the crowds and judges the potential they have with their new Valencian fireworks.

Number of pyrotechnics 456 kg

SATURDAY 6TH JULY – PIROTECHNIA AQUAREVE ARTIFICIE (FRANCE)

Specializing in the designing of musical pyro shows, performances, special and digital effects they have a central European style. The French company first began in 1991.

Number of pyrotechnics 640KG

The shows are from 10:30pm each evening from miracle beach so make sure that you arrive early to grab yourself a viewing spot. If you can’t get to the beach there are local restaurants, hotels with viewing places. In fact, anywhere and everywhere in the city and the surrounding areas, you will find a place to view.

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