Fireworks competitions

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This is a list of worldwide fireworks competitions.

Montreal Fireworks Festival[edit]

Known officially as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, the Montreal Fireworks Festival is hailed as the most prestigious and largest fireworks competition in the world. It is an annual international competition held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada since 1985. The event begins in June and carries on until August. Each summer, several pyrotechnical companies from different countries present a 30-minute long pyromusical show. Gold, Silver and Bronze Jupiter trophies are awarded to the winners. The Jupiters have become symbols of prestige within the fireworks industry. See the festival's Hall of Fame. The fireworks are synchronized to music which is also broadcast over a local radio station. Over 3 millions spectators gather each year to see the fireworks. The main viewing locations are: the Jacques-Cartier Bridge (closed to traffic the evening of each event), La Ronde (amusement park), and on either side of the St. Lawrence River. Approximately 6,000 fireworks are set off during each show.

World Pyro Olympics[edit]

Main article: World Pyro Olympics

The World Pyro Olympics are an annual competition amongst the top fireworks companies in the world. It is held in Manila, Philippines. The event is one of the largest and most intense international fireworks competitions.

The World Pyro Olympics run through a period of five consecutive days allowing patrons to experience more of the show. Two countries perform each day; the last participant performs on the final evening of the event.

The host of the event does not participate in the competition but performs a fireworks display on the last night. Awards, such as the People’s Choice, are given out after the exhibition. The crowning of the World Pyro Olympics Champion ends the event.

Celebration of Light[edit]

Main article: Celebration of Light

The Honda Celebration of Light of Vancouver is an annual musical fireworks competition held every summer over English Bay in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada since 1990. Three companies representing their country perform a twenty-five minute firework display set to music. Typically the last Wednesday and Saturday of July, and the first Wednesday and Saturday of August; the competition is cited as being the largest offshore musical fireworks competition in the world. The fireworks are synchronized to music which is also broadcast over a local radio station

Macau International Fireworks Display[edit]

Held over 5 weeks during September with 2 displays on the same night weekly, with the final night held on China National Day on 1 October. The competition features 10 pyrotechnic companies from around the world.

GlobalFest International Fireworks Festival[edit]

Main article: GlobalFest

GlobalFest has been held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada every August since 2003 featuring cultural pavilions, a film festival and an international fireworks festival. In previous years, the international fireworks competition featured a different nation each night of the five night competition with live performances 3 different stages throughout Elliston Park showcasing the culture of that country prior to the fireworks display. The 2009 Festival ran from 21–29 August.

Firework Champions[edit]

A series of four events at various venues around the UK each summer, organised by MLE Pyrotechnics of Daventry.

At each event, three UK firework companies (different competitors at each event) compete against each other with a 10 minute firework display choreographed to music. They are followed by a (non-competing) display by the host company. The audience can text vote for their favourite team. Displays are fired using the latest state of the art technology.

The 2011 events were held at: Stanford Hall in Leicestershire, Saturday 6 August. Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, Saturday 13 August. Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire, Saturday 20 August. Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, Saturday 3 September.

The 2013 events will be held at: Stanford Hall in Leicestershire, Saturday 3 August. Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, Saturday 17 August. Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire, Saturday 24 August. Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, Saturday 31 August.

Fireworks Championship[edit]

Four teams compete against each other in Sweden with a music firework display. Displays are fired at the bank of the river Motala ström In the center of Norrköping. Usually it takes place in the first weeks of August. The winner of the last eight competitions have been the Gothenburg located firm Göteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik.

National Pyrotechnics Fair of Tultepec, Mexico[edit]

A Mexican Castillo with ceremonial dancers around it

Every year this town, known as "Mexico's Capital of Pyrotechnics", hosts a week-long pyrotechnics fair that features the "Castillos de Torre" or "Tower Fireworks Competition". Since 2005, a Pyromusical Competition has been held involving up to 7 fireworks shows lasting 10 minutes each. These events are not yet open to international competition.

In addition to the competition fireworks, almost everyday different types of fireworks (including day-time tower fireworks) are burned as part of the religious festivities. The fair also includes the "Burning of the Bulls", which is always held on 8 March in celebration of John of God, the patron saint of Tultepec's pyrotechnicians.

Tarragona International Fireworks Display[edit]

This fireworks contest is held every first week of July in Catalonia, Spain.

The World Fireworks Championship[edit]

The World Fireworks Championship was a pyromusical competition in which six pyrotechnics companies took part over three successive weekends. The first event took place in Oman in 2010 where an estimated 750,000 spectators attended. French company Lacroix Ruggieri won the competition. Plans are in progress for hosting the next edition in 2015.

Ignis Brunensis[edit]

Main article: Ignis Brunensis

Ignis Brunensis international fireworks competition is held every year in May - June in Brno, Czech Republic.

Pyrotechnics Guild International[edit]

The Pyrotechnics Guild International, Inc. or PGI, holds a convention each August featuring competitions not only in displays but in creation of individual fireworks. Individual classes of hand-built fireworks are competitively judged, ranging from simple rockets to extremely large and complex aerial shells.

Philippine International Pyromusical Competition[edit]

Philippine International Pyromusical Competition (PIPC) is a contest that started in 2010 where different countries showcases their own display. It is held during February and March every year at the Philippines.

DIFC-DaNang International Fireworks Competition[edit]

DIFC is a competition started in 2008 where teams from all over the world compete against each other, in the city of DaNang, Vietnam. It was held at the end of March (2008-2010) and the end of April (2011-2013)

2008 Team Hong Kong China Pyromagic Productions Ltd Team Malaysia Pyro Splendour Services S B Team Canada - Winners David Whysall International Fireworks Theme:Dance across The Milky Way Team Vietnam Danang Military Team

2009 Team Spain Zamorano Caballer Team China- Winners Liuyang Dancing Fireworks Group Theme: 'Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai'. Team Australia Howard and Sons Team Philippines Dragon Fireworks Team Vietnam Danang Military Team

2010 Team Japan Tamaya Kitahara Fireworks Team USA PyroTechnico Team Portugal Grupo Luso Pirotecnia Team France - Winners Jacques Couturier Organisation (JCO) Theme: The Legend of Fairy Au-Co and the Golden Dragon Team Vietnam Danang Military Team

2011 Team Korea Hanwha Co Ltd Team China Panda Fireworks Team UK Jubilee Fireworks Ltd Team Italy - Winners Parente Fireworks Theme: The Vitality of the River Team Vietnam Danang Military Team


Team Italy 2011 Champions - Winners Parente Fireworks Theme: The Rainbow Of Da Nang Team Canada 2008 Champions David Whysall International Fireworks Team China 2009 Champions Liuyang Dancing Fireworks Group Team France 2010 Champions Jacques Couturier Organisation (JCO) Team Vietnam Da Nang Military Team

2013 Theme Love of Han River Winners: 1st Place-Team USA Melrose Pyrotecnics Other Winners Team Italy Parente Fireworks Team Russia Cetre of Fireworks Khan Team Vietnam DaNang Military Team Team Japan Tamaya Kitahara

International Costa Brava Fireworks contest "Trofeu Vila de Blanes"[edit]

Fireworks of Blanes is an annual competition with international participation. Their beginnings in 1960, with international participation in 1970 and became an international competition in 1980. Held every year during the Santa Anna festival on July in Catalonia, Spain.

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