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KNOKKE-HEIST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION

KNOKKE-HEIST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION

WHAT: KNOKKE-HEIST INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHERE: ZEEDJIIK/MEERLAAN BEACH, KNOKKE HEIST, BRUGGE, BELGIUM
WHEN: FRIDAY 18TH AUGUST TO SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST 2023
COST: FREE

The Knokke-Heist fireworks competition is an annual event held in the coastal town of Knokke-Heist, Belgium. This spectacular event features a series of firework displays that take place over the course of several weeks during the summer months. The competition brings together some of the world's most talented pyrotechnic teams, who compete against each other to create the most impressive and awe-inspiring firework displays.

The competition began in 1958 and has been a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike ever since. Each year, the competition attracts thousands of visitors who come to witness the incredible displays of light and sound that light up the sky above the town's beaches. The event is organized by the municipality of Knokke-Heist and is sponsored by various local businesses.

The Knokke-Heist fireworks competition typically takes place over four evenings, with each evening featuring a different pyrotechnic team. Each team is given a budget to work with and must create a unique firework display that is judged by a panel of experts. The winning team is awarded a cash prize and bragging rights as the best pyrotechnic team in the competition.

The competition is a popular event for families, as there are plenty of activities for children to enjoy during the day, such as face painting and balloon artists. The beaches also offer a variety of water sports, including surfing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. In the evenings, families can gather on the beach to watch the fireworks display, which is always the highlight of the event.

The Knokke-Heist fireworks competition has become a major event in the pyrotechnic world, attracting teams from all over the globe. In recent years, teams from Spain, Italy, France, Canada, and China have all competed in the competition. The teams are judged on a variety of criteria, including the creativity of the display, the synchronization of the fireworks with the music, and the overall impact of the display on the audience.

One of the unique features of the Knokke-Heist fireworks competition is the use of music in the displays. Each team is given a theme for their display, and they must create a musical soundtrack to accompany the fireworks. This adds an extra dimension to the display, as the music enhances the visual impact of the fireworks and creates an immersive experience for the audience.

This year the firework displays will take place on the following days and will start at 10pm.

• Friday 18th August
• Sunday 20th August
• Tuesday 22nd August
• Thursday 24th August
• Saturday 26th August

In addition to the fireworks competition, Knokke-Heist is a popular holiday destination, known for its beautiful beaches, excellent shopping, and fine dining. The town is situated on the Belgian coast, just a short distance from the Netherlands and France, making it an ideal location for a summer holiday. The town also has a variety of cultural attractions, including museums, art galleries, and historic landmarks.

Overall, the Knokke-Heist fireworks competition is a must-see event for anyone visiting the Belgian coast during the summer months. The competition offers a unique and thrilling experience for the whole family, with spectacular displays of light and sound that are sure to leave a lasting impression. With its beautiful beaches, excellent shopping, and fine dining, Knokke-Heist is the perfect destination for a summer holiday, and the fireworks competition is just one of the many attractions that make it such a popular choice.

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