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Monaco International Fireworks Competition 2012

This competition is one of the finest fireworks celebrations in Europe. The competition was originally created by the Mayor of Monaco in 1966, as part of the Town centenary celebrations and has continued ever since.

In 1996 music and melody were incorporated into the event and since then, they have continued to ensure that the display and music are finitely choreographed.

This is a competition to display a top quality range of pyro and the competing companies have to submit their request beforehand and then the choices are made and the game is on.

A jury of people will select the four companies and then they hold displays on the Cote d’Azur where each summer there are two displays in July at 10.00pm and two in August at 9.30pm.

The competition sees the competitors battle it out for the prestige of becoming the Years best display and this is voted for both by a panel of judges as well as a secondary vote via the internet.

The aerial displays are set off from the Quai Rainier III (the semi-floating breakwater) as the teams hold a 25-minute display to music and they are judged on the most imaginative example of high-quality choreography and effect.

Every five years, the winners from previous competitions battle it out to be the champion.

This year’s successful entrants and their display dates are as follows:

9 July 2012 - 10.00pm - France
19 July 2012 - 10.00pm - Czech Republic
8 August 2012 - 9.30pm - Austria
25 August 2012 - 9.30pm - England

For more information, go to the official website -

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