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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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DANANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION 2019

WHAT: DANANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION 2019
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROTECHNIC COMPETITION
WHEN: 1ST JUNE – 6TH JULY 2019
WHERE: DANANG, VIETNAM
COST: VARIES – CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Danang City in association with Sun Group bring you the best of the best professional firework display teams from around the World in this spectacular event.

The Danang International Firework Competition was established in 2008 and became a bi-annual event in 2011 due to financial constraints but as of last year, the funding is in place to allow it to be a yearly one once again.

The event draws in HUGE crowds from across Vietnam and the rest of the World to watch the best of the best representing each country in DIFC which is one of the hardest fought in the international event calendar.

The 2019 event welcomes back Italy who were very worthy winners last year but this time around, they will be represented by the fantastic display team from Parente Firework Group.

Here are the dates for your diary and who is firing:

1ST JUNE 2019
DANANG FIREWORK GROUP – VIETNAM
FIREWORK CENTRE KHAN – RUSSIA

8TH JUNE 2019
NEWS FIREWORKS DO BRASIL – BRAZIL
H C PYROTECHNICS – BELGIUM

15TH JUNE 2019
PARENTE FIREWORK GROUP – ITALY
JOHO PYRO FIREWORKS AB – FINLAND

22ND JUNE 2019
HUNAN JINGTAI FIREWORKS – CHINA
PYROTEX FIREWORX LTD – UK

This year’s theme is ‘Stories of the Rivers’ and given that Pyrotex Fireworx have already won PIPC and Courcheval this year, we have our fingers crossed that they can do the hattrick at the DIFC this year.

Good luck to all the competitors taking part and we will bring you more information about the competition as it goes along.

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