The Honda Celebration of Light (formerly known as Benson & HedgesSymphony of Fire) is an annual musical fireworks competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The first "Symphony of Fire" was held from July 25 to August 5 of 1990. The celebration is one of Vancouver's largest and most well known festivals. The multiple-day event has an estimated annual attendance of 1.4 million people.
Vancouver is going to shine brighter than ever for the 25th anniversary of the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival set for Saturday July 25, Wednesday July 29 and Saturday August 1.
The 2015 Honda Celebration of Light competition will begin promptly at 10:00pm each night, rain or shine, from the barges located in English Bay. Music simulcast can be heard on LG 104.3 FM and through the festival’s mobile app. The winning country will be announced Tuesday, August 4th.
The Honda Celebration of Light kicks off Saturday, July 25th with the return of Team China – the modern birthplace of fireworks. We are pleased to welcome Team Brazil on Wednesday, July 29th - with Rio 2016 just around the corner, we expect quite a show. Rounding out the event is repeat winner and home favourite, Team Canada on August 1st.
New for the 25th Anniversary – Building on the success of The Keg Lounge and the YVR Observation Deck, the festival is launching the new, licensed, Inukshuk Lounge. Located on the peninsula at English Bay, the Inukshuk Lounge offers a quieter hosting experience for discerning guests. Also new is the Sunset Beach Bistro, a family- friendly, licensed area in Sunset Beach Park – no tickets required! The Sunset Beach Bistro will bring back the ever-popular Salmon BBQ to the park and will offer a front row view of the SHOREFEST stage entertainment. Honda Celebration of Light is pleased to announce that Stanley Park Brewery will be the official beer partner of the Event offering Stanley Park beer, Okanagan Spring cider and Mark Anthony wines in the Sunset Beach Bistro, Inukshuk Lounge and YVR Observation Deck.
Tickets go on sale for all ticketed viewing areas on April 1 through the festival website.
The Keg Lounge Located on the Bathhouse Roof in English Bay with a prime view of the fireworks, The Keg Lounge continues to offer a hip, rock ‘n’ roll VIP lounge experience with side stage viewing of performances on the SHOREFEST English Bay Stage. With capacity of only 450, The Keg Lounge sells out each night. Early bird tickets are on sale now until June 1st for $149 and can be purchased at: www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com. Regular priced tickets will be $169 after June 1st.
The Inukshuk Lounge Located on the peninsula at English Bay, the Inukshuk Lounge provides the perfect environment to network and chat, with the added benefit of the closest water view of the fireworks spectacular. Featuring guaranteed seating, musical simulcast of the fireworks soundtrack, cash bar service, private washroom facilities and a laid back vibe, the Inukshuk Lounge is the fresh new place to be. Early bird tickets are on sale now until June 1st for $119 and can be purchased at: www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com. Regular priced tickets will be $139 after June 1st.
YVR Observation Deck The YVR Observation Deck is custom built bleacher-style seating in the heart of the action at English Bay. This all-ages, licensed area offers reserved seats with prime sightlines to the fireworks, musical simulcast of the fireworks soundtrack, cash bar service, private washroom facilities, food service and giveaways. Early Bird tickets are on sale now until June 1st for $39 and can be purchased at www.hondacelebrationoflight.com Regular priced tickets will be $49 after June 1st.
YVR Business Class Cabanas in the YVR Observation Deck New this year! Looking for the perfect location to host guests or for a private party? The YVR Observation Deck now offers Business Class corporate cabanas on the concourse level. Each 10’ x 20’ private hosting area holds 24 guests and offers comfortable seating and complimentary appetizers. Inquire for more details.
Concord Pacific Seawall Challenge Registration is open now for this year’s Concord Pacific Seawall Challenge. Families and friends can put together teams and engage in fun activities along the seawall for a chance to win over $10,000 in prizing for themselves and their schools courtesy of Concord Pacific. Click through the festival website to concordsocial.ca to register. For more information please visit www.hondacelebrationoflight.com for up to date information and tickets.
The 2014 Honda Celebration of Light was scheduled for July 26, July 30, and August 2, featuring performances by the United States, France, and Japan respectively. The competitors were newcomers to Vancouver, though their respective countries have previously participated before. The 2014 competition winner was Japan.
The 2013 Honda Celebration of Light was scheduled for July 27, July 31, and August 3, with performances by the United Kingdom, Canada, and Thailand respectively. 2013 was the first year that Thailand participated in the event as part of the organizers' ongoing efforts to introduce a new nation to the program each year. The 2013 competition winner was Canada.
The 2012 Honda Celebration of Light was saw teams from Vietnam and Brazil as newcomers, while the Italian team of Pirotecnica Soldi was more established. Canada did not participate for the first time in six years as producers of the event had been looking for new countries to compete from each continent for the next three years. The 2012 competition winner was Italy.
The 2011 HSBC Celebration of Light presented a "Battle of Champions" by featuring three previous competition winners: China (represented by 2009 winner Red Eagle Industrial and Trade Co. Ltd), Spain (represented by 2010 winner Pirotecnia Igual), and Canada (represented by 2007 and 2008 winner Archangel Fireworks Inc). The winner for the 2011 competition was China.
The Italian team's presentation is a peculiar and charming pyrotechnic show with wide variety of effects ranging from the sky to the water, dancing volcanoes, golden rain and a fantastic closure. Attendance was estimated at 400,000.
The Chinese team's presentation features specific colours in each of the five sections: blue, silver and crackling, green, green falling leaves and gold. The music is performed by The Philarmonic Orchestra of China, accompanied by pianist Xiang-Dong Kong.
Past and future values come together in a program full of joy. A musical score that includes pre-Hispanic sounds, music in the history of carnival celebrations, traditional sounds mixed with innovative rhythms, and some of the best Mexican known values, friendship and fraternity are present in this show with the purpose to make you feel a little part of Mexico.
The Celebration Finale is specially designed to pay tribute to the HSBC Celebration of Light competition. The 6-minute Celebration Finale did not include components from participating countries.