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MALTA MECHANISED GROUND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019

WHAT: MALTA MECHANISED GROUND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019
WHY: MECHANISED FIREWORK FESTIVAL
WHERE: ST PUBLIUS SQUARE, MALTA
WHEN: SATURDAY 4TH MAY 2019

The Mechanised Fireworks, known locally as Nar tal’Art, are unique to Malta and form an important part of the celebrations for their saint days.

Teams from the myriad of firework producers on the Island each create their own incredible mechanized display which takes the better part of a year to complete. The event is one of a kind, bringing together beautiful pyrotechnics and mechanics which are fascinating. These intricate constructions twist, turn and create spectacular shapes and images using a series of chains and gears called Katina.

Malta Ground Fireworks Festival 2017

This year, the event closes the celebrations for the Feast of the Cross and St Augustine’s in Valetta. The mechanised fireworks are set out in St Publius Square in Floriana, Malta in the foreground of the magnificent Parish Church.

St Publius Church was built in the 17th Century and is neoclassical in design. Sadly, the façade of the church was extensively damaged during bombing attacks during WW2 which was eventually repaired in the late 1950s.

Malta Ground Fireworks Festival 2017

The Island has proof of inhabitation however from as early as 5000 BC and there are numerous Megalithic stone structures across the island which are thought to be the oldest stone structures in the World.

Malta --- Kirkop --- Ground Fireworks

If you are in the area, you may also like to take the opportunity to see several firework displays on the night prior to the final competition night for the 18th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival. Get along if you are fortunate enough to be over in Malta to take in the sight of a sky full of pyrotechnics and the intricacies of the mechanical fireworks for yourself.

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MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2019

WHAT: MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2019
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION
WHEN: 24th, 27th, AND 30th APRIL AND 4th MAY 2019
WHERE: GRAND HARBOUR VALETTA, MALTA
COST: FREE

Every year since 2003, the stunning Island of Malta has held a Pyro-musical event which brings together both the local firework factories and international display companies for the entertainment of the masses.

Fireworks, in general, are a year around pastime over in Malta and they love em.  Whether the usual Maltese Shells (which are expertly hand made and specially created shells) or the Nar tal-Art (mechanized ground firework festival).

There are 35 firework factories on the Island which are all fiercely competitive but due to the large numbers covering such a small area and given that almost every old householder there is also involved in the production of pyrotechnics in some way, sadly, this does also give rise to an increase in the number of firework-related incidents on the island.  The factories each have their own professional team involved in both the mechanical firework competition and the International Pyro-musical Competitions held annually.

The Feast days or ‘Festi’ have always been celebrations around the numerous Saint’s days and are a true spectacle and were originally musket fire and cannon shot referred to as ‘Feu de Joie’ (fire of joy) which were used for the birth of a new Royal Baby, the election of a new Pope or indeed the election of a new Grand Master of the Order of Knights.

Last year, the competition was won by the USA represented by Rozzi Fireworks who picked up the Gold Award.  Rozzi was founded in 1895 by the great grandfather of the current director of the company who emigrated to the USA from Italy.  Rozzi was one of the original companies to choreograph pyro and music together and today, create spectacular displays for everything from small community events to full-on spectacles for hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Local team St Mary’s Ghaxaq received the first runner up and the team from Phoenix Fireworks in the UK lifted the second runner up award.  They were all incredible, but I have to say the specialist shells used in the display from St Mary’s were just stunning.

We will bring you more information about the competition entrants once it is made available.

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NAR TAL-ART

WHAT: MALTA MECHANIZED GROUND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHEN: SATURDAY 14th APRIL 2018 (SETUP OF THE DISPLAY ON FRIDAY 13th APRIL 2018)
WHERE: THE GRANARIES, ST PUBLIUS SQUARE, FLORIANA, MALTA
WHY: MECHANICAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
COST: FREE 🙂

This year marks the 12th mechanized ground fireworks festival in sunny Malta which is an event organized by the Floriana Local Council.

Ground fireworks are a uniquely Maltese tradition which forms an important part of festa (fiesta) celebrations in Malta and Gozo.

2014 Nar tal-Art

The event begins on 13th April at 10.00am where you can see the set up in daylight so you can see first-hand the complex intricacies of these very special mechanized creations.

The displays actually take place on Saturday 14th April at 10.15pm and they are absolutely fascinating with contra-rotating mechanisms and others which move in and out using a huge number of gears and chains called Katina to wonderful effect.

Last year’s winning team was from St Michaels Firework Factory in Lija and the piece included dual wheels, 1800 drivers and it changed colour and shape constantly including the addition of screeches at the end. A very well deserved win for this incredible creation.

This event takes place in the midst of the Fireworks Festival in Malta which takes place from the 1 st to the 30 th April 2018 so you will be royally entertained if you can manage to schedule your holiday within these times – particularly for a pyrotechnician.

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