Celebration of Light

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This is about the Vancouver Celebration of Light fireworks festival, for other uses see Celebration of Light

The Honda Celebration of Light (formerly known as Benson & Hedges Symphony 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.

2014 program[edit]

The 2014 Celebration will be presented by Honda. The event 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.[1] The 2014 competition winner was Japan.[2]

Saturday, July 26
Country:  United States
Team: Pyrotecnico
Website: www.pyrotecnico.com
Wednesday, July 30
Country:  France
Team: F.C. Pyro
Saturday, August 2
Country:  Japan
Team: Akariya Fireworks
Theme: "The Art of Survival"[3]

2013 program[edit]

The 2013 Celebration of Light was presented by Honda. The 2013 event 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.

Saturday, July 27
Country:  United Kingdom
Team: Pyro 2000
Theme: "Licence to Thrill" (James Bond)[4]
Website: www.pyro2000.co.uk
Wednesday, July 31
Country:  Canada
Team: Calgary-Based Fireworks Spectaculars
Theme: "A Wonderful World/Into a Raging River"
Website: www.fireworksspectaculars.com
Saturday, August 3
Country:  Thailand
Team: Thailand Fireworks
Theme: Classical Thai music
Website: thailandfirework.net

2012 program[edit]

The 2012 Brazil show

The 2012 Celebration of Light was presented by Honda. The teams from Vietnam and Brazil were noted to be newcomers, while the Italian team of Pirotecnica Soldi was more established.[5] 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.[6] The 2012 competition winner was Italy.

Saturday, July 28
Country:  Vietnam
Team: Team Da Nang
Wednesday, August 1
Country:  Brazil
Team: Group Vision Show
Saturday, August 4
Country:  Italy
Team: Pirotecnica Soldi
Website: www.pirotecnicasoldi.it

2011 program[edit]

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.

Saturday, July 30
Country:  China
Team: Red Eagle Manufacturing Industrial and Trade Co. Ltd
Theme: China Storm
Wednesday, August 3
Country:  Spain
Team: Pirotecnia Igual
Theme: Odyssey
Website: www.pirotecniaigual.com
Saturday, August 6
Country:  Canada
Team: Archangel Fireworks
Theme: Then and Now
Website: www.archangelfireworks.com

2010 program[edit]

The 2010 HSBC Celebration of Light winner was Spain (Pirotecnia Igual).[7]

Wednesday, July 21
Country:  United States
Company: Rozzi Inc.
Theme: In the Mood
Saturday, July 24
Country:  Spain
Team: Pirotecnia Igual
Theme: Heaven and Hell
Website: www.pirotecniaigual.com
Wednesday, July 28
Country:  Mexico
Team: Lux Pirotecnia
Theme: Journey
Website: www.luxpirotecnia.com
Saturday, July 31
Country:  Canada,  China
Team: Groupe Fiatlux-Ampleman
Theme: Tribute to China/The Butterfly Lovers

2009 program[edit]

The 2009 HSBC Celebration of Light winner was China (Red Eagle Industrial and Trade Co. Ltd.).[8]

Wednesday, July 22
Country:  Canada
Company: Archangel Fireworks Inc.
Theme: No Place Like Home
Website: www.archangelfireworks.com
Saturday, July 25
Country:  South Africa
Team: Fireworks for Africa
Theme: Tapestry of Colour
Wednesday, July 29
Country:  United Kingdom
Team: PYRO2000
Theme: Parasols Over the Pacific
Saturday, August 1
Country:  China
Team: Red Eagle Industrial and Trade Co. Ltd.
Theme: Through the Looking Glass

2008 program[edit]

The 2008 HSBC Celebration of Light winner was Canada, making back-to-back wins for Archangel Fireworks Inc.

Fireworks from China's 2008 show, from Kitsilano Beach
Wednesday, July 23
Country:  Canada
Company: Archangel Fireworks Inc.
Theme: Attack
Designer: Kelly Guille & Sean Procter
Website: www.archangelfireworks.com
Saturday, July 26
Country:  United States
Company: Western Enterprises, Incorporated
Theme: Love Will Change the World
Designer: Gary P. Caimano
Website: www.fireworksbywestern.com
Wednesday, July 30
Country:  China
Company: Pyromagic Productions Ltd.
Theme: Power of the Dream
Designer: Wilson Mao
Website: www.pyromagic.com.hk
Saturday, August 2
Grand Finale
Designer: TBA

2007 program[edit]

The 2007 HSBC Celebration of Light winner was Canada.

Wednesday, July 25
Country:  Spain
Company: Ricardo Caballer Pirotechnica
Theme: Fireworks and the 7th Earth
Designer: Ricardo Caballer Cardo
Website: www.ricardocaballer.com
Saturday, July 28
Country:  Canada
Company: Archangel Fireworks Inc.
Theme: Take Five to Jive
Designer: Kelly Guille and Sean Procter
Website: www.archangelfireworks.com
Wednesday, August 1
Country:  China
Company: Jiangxi Province Lidu Fireworks Corporation Ltd.
Theme: The Time Machine
Designer: Xu Delong
Website: www.lidufireworks.com
Saturday, August 4
Celebration Finale
Designer: Yves Relave

2006 program[edit]

The 2006 winner was Mexico, who joined the competition for the first time.

Wednesday, July 26
Country:  Italy
Company: A.P.E. di Parente Romualdo
Theme: Magia Di Fuochi
Designer: Michele Parente
Website: www.parenteape.it
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.
Saturday, July 29
Country:  China
A portion of China's 2006 Show
Company: Jiangxi Province Lidu Fireworks Corporation Ltd.
Theme: Yellow River Odyssey
Designer: Xu Delong
Website: www.lidufireworks.com
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.
Wednesday, August 2
Country:  Czech Republic
Company: Flash Barrandov Special Effects Ltd.
Theme: Rhapsody in Blue
Designer: Jaroslav Štolba
Website: www.flash-sfx.cz
The Czech Republic show is an evening full of jazz music in four sections: Classical jazz, Conspiracy jazz, Latin jazz and Traditional jazz.
Saturday, August 5
Country:  Mexico
Company: Lux Pirotecnia, S.A. de C.V.
Theme: Siente México: Feel Mexico
Designer: Jorge M. Márquez
Website: www.luxpirotecnia.com
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.
Celebration Finale
Designer: Jaroslav Štolba
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.

Previous years[edit]

Because of the change in sponsor, records are difficult to find before the year 2001.

Fireworks display by Italy in 2006

2006[edit]

Winner:  Mexico
Company: Lux Pirotecnia, S.A. de C.V.
Show Theme: Siente México: Feel Mexico
 China
Company: Jiangxi Province Lidu Fireworks Corporation Ltd.
Show Theme: Yellow River Odyssey
 Italy
Company: A.P.E. di Parente Romualdo
Show Theme: Magia Di Fuochi
 Czech Republic
Company: Flash Barrandov Special Effects Ltd.
Show Theme: Rhapsody in Blue

2005[edit]

Winner:  Sweden
Company: Unique Pyrotechnic AB
Show Theme: Kisses of fire
 Canada
Company: Concept Fiatlux Inc.
Show Theme: Jazz in the sky
 China
Company: Beijing ZhongFa A.F. Consulting Co. Ltd.
Show Theme: Voix de feu, feu de voix

2004[edit]

Winner:  Sweden
Company: Fyrverkeri Expertena AB
Show Theme: Aurora Borealis over Canada
 China
Company: Beijing ZhongFa A.F. Consulting Co. Ltd.
Show Theme: On ne dort pas ce soir
 Spain
Company: Vicente Caballer e Hijos S.L.
Show Theme: Plus Ultra

2003[edit]

Winner:  China
Company: Beijing ZhongFa A.F. Consulting Co. Ltd.
Show Theme: From January to December
 Canada
Company: Concept Fiatlux Inc.
Show Theme: Pyrotechnic Symphony of Voices
 Czech Republic
Company: Flash Barrandov Special Effects Ltg
Show Theme: Woman on Fire

2002[edit]

Winner:  Canada
Company: Concept Fiatlux Inc.
Show Theme: The Desert Rose
 Italy
Company: Nanna Fireworks
Show Theme: Fire into the Music
 Spain
Company: Fuegos Artificiales Antonio Caballer S.A.
Show Theme: The Party of the Sense

2001[edit]

Winner:  Spain
Company: Fuegos Artificiales Antonio Caballer S.A.
Show Theme: Soul to Fire
 South Africa
Company: Pyro Spectacular
Show Theme: Cosmos
 China
Company: Beijing ZhongFa A.F. Consulting Co. Ltd.
Show Theme: Odyssee

2000[edit]

Winner:  Spain
Company:
Show Theme:
 Australia
Company:
Show Theme:
 Italy
Company:
Show Theme:

1999[edit]

 Spain
Company: Fuegos Artificiales Antonio Caballer S.A.
Show Theme:
 Canada
Company: Sirius Pyrotechnics
Show Theme:
 China
Company: Beijing ZhongFa A.F. Consulting Co. Ltd.
Show Theme:

1998[edit]

Winner:  Spain
Company: Fuegos Artificiales Antonio Caballer S.A.
Show Theme: The Mythical Land
 United Kingdom
Company: Pyro 2000
Show Theme: Fire and Fantasy
 Italy
Company: Nanna Fireworks
Show Theme: Voices in the Sky

1997[edit]

Winner:  United Kingdom
Company: Pyro 2000
Show Theme:
 Canada
Company: Sirius Pyrotechnics
Show Theme:
 China
Company: Beijing ZhongFa A.F. Consulting Co. Ltd.
Show Theme:

1996[edit]

Winner:  Spain
Company: Ricardo Caballer
Show Theme:
 China
Company: Beijing ZhongFa A.F. Consulting Co. Ltd.
Show Theme:
Company:
Show Theme:

1995[edit]

Winner:  Portugal
Company: Pirotecnia Minhota
Show Theme:
 China
Company: Beijing ZhongFa A.F. Consulting Co. Ltd.
Show Theme:
 Canada
Company:
Show Theme:

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