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The mechanized ground fireworks festival has been an important part of the Fiesta celebrations to be held in Malta.

The competition between the factories has always been fierce and it is a matter of intense pride to win the award for your own factory resulting in the competitors striving for excellence every time.

Nar ta' l-Art, Floriana.

The setting up of the Fest Ta Nar (fire festival) takes the majority of the day to complete as in addition to the usual set up of the fireworks there is a great deal more intricate and complicated parts to ensure are in working order and are connected to the relevant effect. The maximum dimension of the wheel must be no more than 30 feet across. They are a complex fusion of levels, gears, wheels, chains and links resulting in 3D movement with the ability to open and close, rotate and move forth and back too with added pyrotechnics.

The Firework factories included in this year’s event are as follows:

St Margaret’s Firework Association
15th August Fireworks Association
Our Lady of Nativity Fireworks Association
Fontana Fireworks Association
St Paul’s Fireworks Complex
St Josephs Firework Complex
22 February Fireworks Association
Mount Carmel Factory
St Catherine’s Pyrotechnic Association
St Bartholomew’s Fireworks Association
St Leonard’s Firework Factory
15th August Fireworks Factory

There are 30 firework companies on the Island and pyro remains at the very heart of the people of Malta and have been since the very early part of the 11th century when they were intrinsic to celebrations. For the most part there would have used cannon and musket fire and the sound of the explosion of crackers in quick succession as an expression of joy/celebration and over the years this grew into an event which now include the ‘Malta International Firework Festival‘, a competition which takes place each Saturday including 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th April 2016 in a number of locations across the Island.

Here is a taster of some of last year’s examples of engineering and pyrotechnics coming together to create beautiful effects.


Malta International Fireworks Festival 2016

WHAT: Malta International Fireworks Festival 2016
WHY: To celebrate Malta’s accession into the European Union
WHEN: Saturday 16th April, Saturday 23rd April and Saturday 30th April 2016
WHERE: The beautiful island of Malta
COST: Free of charge for anyone and everyone

This year marks the 15th edition of this fabulous fireworks festival and it continues to go from strength to strength. This tiny island is a hugely popular holiday destination for sun and history lovers alike.

Malta is a devoutly Catholic island and the religion plays a major part in daily life. The majority of festivals are based upon religious iconography and during the daytime on any of the feasts and saints days held annually, there will be parades and Catholic masses abound during the daytime to honour the local parishes patron saint and the evening is given over to marching bands, food, drink and of course FIREWORKS.

Whilst at the moment only one of the current venues has been announced (the last one, Saturday 30th April, will be held in Valetta, Grand Harbour ).

Fireworks have been part and parcel of the way of life in Malta since the time of the Order of the Knights of St John, whose members used to celebrate special religious feasts with pyrotechnics for example when a new Grand Master (the leader of the islands church), a new Pope is elected or indeed a new Prince is born to one of the ruling families of Europe.

Malta’s history is long and there is evidence of many changes to the rule of the Island from the early settlers arriving in 5200BC who were Stone-age farmers and hunters through the centuries being ruled by the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Muslims, Normans, Spanish and eventually British rule following the signing of the treaty of Paris in 1814 until they gained independence on 21st September 1964 – Not bad at all, only 7000 years to eventually gain freedom!

The island shows evidence of its military combat and is still home to two HUGE Armstrong 100 ton guns (cannons) which were used in defence of the Island for more than 20 years in the late 19th century.

Of course, for the ‘pyro widows’ there is lots to see and do and if you are an adrenalin junkie, you can take part in water-sports, climbing and abseiling, paintball or even horse riding. If on the other hand, you would prefer relaxing and taking a swim, get along to St Peters Pool just outside of Marsaxlokk; a natural pool with beautiful azure waters and flat rocks.

So, if you are holidaying in Malta in mid to late April, get along to watch some world class international pyrotechnics.

Malta barge 3


Fireworks Festival Malta 2014

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.