Saturday 26th July saw the skies over the oldest town in Malta, Zurrieq fully lit up with fireworks as the annual pyromusical show took place.
This event, currently in its 7th year, is held the evening before the feast held for ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel and is internationally renowned for the great colours, huge effects and excellent choreography to music which the Maltese are known for.
Malta has become a bit of a ‘mecca’ to firework enthusiasts and has been recently visited by the team from Passfire who are making a film about fireworks around the globe and judging by the sheer number of pictures on their pages of the shells, mechanised fireworks and beautiful shell bursts, they were in no hurry to leave Malta behind.
This year’s event includes a couple of unique high-rise vertical firing columns which have been erected to create distinctive and spectacular display features which they are calling Hanabi Towers.
The night sky was treated to some stunning shapes including stars, space ships and one that looked like Saturn with its rings and an incomprehensible number of magnificent multi shell bursts which changed colour and a huge burst of a massive willow effect with massive stars and colour changes.
All fired using the specialist firing system Pyro Master there were some brilliant slices, super bright colours including some beautiful shades of purple and turquoise and the titanium flashes were so bright they looked like balls of lightning.
Some say that China has the best pyro in the world but having watched videos from around the web of the event in Malta, it would appear that they are definitely at the forefront of invention in regards to pyro and I cant wait to see more.
URGENT PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT – MALTA NATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2014
Due to unforeseen circumstances with the inclement weather forecasted for Malta this weekend, regretfully the planned fireworks festival which should be taking place in Bugibba this weekend. They are expecting high winds on Saturday evening and as such have taken the decision to change the display to the Sunday evening, 27th April 2014.
The amended schedule is now as follows:
9:00pm – St Georges Fireworks factory Qormi, Malta
9:20pm – Banda Sant’ Andrija Fireworks factory Luqa, Malta
9:40pm – Santa Marija Fireworks Factory Mgarr, Malta
10:00pm – Banda l-Unjoni St Andrews Fireworks
Factory Luqa, Malta
The festival will end at 10:30 pm with a fantastic display from Lieto Fireworks of Italy, Winners of the competition in 2013.
The winners will be announced and the presentation ceremony is scheduled for 11:00pm.
The fireworks as mentioned in our original post are all being launched from barges in Bugibba Bay and the best place to view is Bugibba Promenade.
If you are lucky enough to be over on holiday or business and get the opportunity, we would really love to see some photographs or video footage.
Good luck everyone 🙂
Here we have it folks. This is the ultimate guide to the Malta International Fireworks Festival 2014.
Below is the full programme for the fireworks festival, which draws an audience from all corners of the globe. We have start times for the different competing pyrotechnic teams, the best place to park your car during the firework displays, the best viewing areas and times for the winners presentation ceremony.
FULL PROGRAMME FOR THE MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2014
Friday 25th April 2014 -Marsaxlokk -International Pyromusical Competition
21:00 1 SteyrFire (Austria)
21:30 2 Brezac artifices (France)
22:00 3 Pyrotex Fireworx (United Kingdom)
22:30 4 St. Joseph Fireworks Factory (Zebbug, Malta)
22.45 End of Programme
Saturday 26th April 2014 -Bugibba – National Fireworks Competition
21:00 1 St. George’s Fireworks Factory (Luqa, Malta)
21:20 2 Banda Sant’Andrija Fireworks Factory (Qormi, Malta)
21:40 3 Santa Marija Fireworks Factory (Mgarr, Malta)
22:00 4 Banda l-Unjoni St. Andrew’s Fireworks Factory (Luqa, Malta)
22:30 Lieto Fireworks – closing display by 2013 winner Italy
23:00 Prize giving
23:00 Winners’ presentation ceremony in Bugibba Square
Wednesday 30th April 2014 – Valletta Grand Harbour
Barriera Wharf (Ta’ Liesse)
20:30 Start of Entertainment on Stage by Local Singers Bands
Cruise Liner Terminal (Viset)
21:00 Start of DJ set at Viset (incuding Pillu, Alvin & Luc Adamsa and JJoy)
23:40 SPECTACLE of VIDEO PROJECTION across the Grand Harbour Fort St Angelo Bighi and Senglea
00: 01 GRAND FIREWORKS DISPLAY (20 minutes) by PYROEMOTIONS Company of Italy.
00:20 DJ Set at (Cruise Liner Terminal (Viset) (Carl Bee, Ziggy, Clay C and international DJ Gareth Emery)