Skyfire (Canberra)

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Skyfire 2005
Skyfire 2006

104.7 Skyfire is an annual fireworks show held over Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, Australia which began in 1988. The fireworks are synchronised to music played by local radio station 104.7. It is usually held in March.

104.7 Skyfire X on 8 March 1998 had an estimated 120,000 visitors.[1] 104.7 Skyfire XI held on 7 March 1999 had an estimated 180,000 visitors which was held at the start of the Canberra Festival and which Casino Canberra was a major sponsor.[2]

The 2006 104.7 Skyfire was held on 4 March, and called "Skyfire 18" because it was the eighteenth year of the fireworks. The day has become a large event with other activities including a display by the Roulettes aerobatic squadron and a performance by Lee Harding. There were around 35,000 individual fireworks used, with approximately 6,000 shooting comets and almost 3,000 shells. More than 170,000 visitors turned out to see 104.7 Skyfire 19 in 2007.

104.7 Skyfire 21 was held on 21 March 2009.[3] It was held on a pleasant Canberra evening with the fireworks commencing at 20.33pm and lasting for 21 minutes. The firing zone was down the center basin of Lake Burley Griffin up to Anzac Parade and Parliament House down to Regatta Point.[4] Fortunato Foti and a band of pyrotechnicians from Foti International Fireworks provided the show which was at least 30 per cent bigger than the previous years,[5] with over 3,000 aerial fireworks, 15 to 20,000 shooting comets.[6] One barge shot off a few more fireworks for 5–10 minutes after the show completed.

104.7 Skyfire 2015 will be held on the 14th of March, 2015.

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  3. ^ and exhibitions~&2=150-Other events and exhibitions~&3=~
  4. ^ Queanbeyan Online - Skyfire
  5. ^ Louis Andrews; Skyfire's 21st guaranteed to go off with a bang; Canberra Times 21/3/2009
  6. ^ Louis Andrews; Skyfire's 21st guaranteed to go off with a bang; Canberra Times 21/3/2009

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