Skyfire (Canberra)

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Skyfire
Skyfire Canberra logo.jpg
Genre Fireworks display
Date(s) March
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Canberra
Inaugurated 1989[1]
Attendance More than 100,000 (2014)[2]
Patron(s) FM 104.7 and other sponsors
Skyfire 2005
Skyfire 2006

Skyfire is an annual March fireworks show held over Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, Australia since 1989. The event is funded by local radio station FM 104.7, and the display is synchronised to a soundtrack of music broadcast on the station.

History of the event[edit]

The first Skyfire was held on 18 March 1989, as FM 104.7's contribution to the Canberra Festival that year.[1] Around 60,000 people attended the second Skyfire on 11 March 1990, which was put on at a cost of around $100,000.[3]

On 10 March 1991, Skyfire III saw more than 2.5 tonnes of fireworks launched into the sky for Canberra's viewing pleasure.[4] In 1992, Skirefire was held on 8 March. It featured three tonnes of pyrotechnics and lasted for 35 minutes.[5]

Skyfire Mark V, on 7 March 1993, featured 436 separate shots, coordinated to music by artists including Madonna, Midnight Oil and Prince.[6] The show used more than five tonnes of fireworks, launched from 10 pontoons floating in the middle of the lake.[7] In 1994, Skyfire was held on 13 March and featured six tonnes of aerial and water fireworks worth almost $250,000.[8]

Skyfire X, on 8 March 1998, attracted an estimated 120,000 visitors.[9] Skyfire XI, held on 7 March 1999, had grown to attract an estimated 180,000 visitors.[10]

The 2006 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 Skyfire 19 in 2007.

Skyfire 21 was held on 21 March 2009, with fireworks commencing at 8.33pm 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.[11] 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,"[12] with "over 3,000 aerial fireworks, 15 to 20,000 shooting comets".[12] One barge shot off a few more fireworks for 5–10 minutes after the show completed.

On 19 March 2011 around 80,000 people attended Skyfire. That year over 30 youths were taken into custody by police for underage drinking at the event.[13] The following year, 130 police were employed to patrol Skyfire, and youth reception stations were set up at the event.[14] The 2012 event featured more than 2500 aerial fireworks.[15]

Skyfire 25 in 2013 featured displays by the Royal Australian Navy, the Federation Guard and the Snowy Hydro Rescue Helicopter.[16]

Skyfire in 2014 utilised around 3000 individual cues and approximately eight kilometres of cabling.[17]

The next Skyfire will be held on 14 March 2015.

Attendance and pyrotechnics by year[edit]

Skyfire attendance and pyrotechnics
Date Attendance Details of pyrotechnics References
18 March 1989 70,000 [1]
11 March 1990 60,000 [3]
10 March 1991 More than 2.5 tonnes of fireworks [4]
8 March 1992 3 tonnes of fireworks; display lasted 35 minutes [5]
7 March 1993 Featured 436 separate shots [6]
13 March 1994 Featured six tonnes of aerial and water fireworks worth almost $250,000 [8]
12 March 1995 Incorporated 4500 special effects [18]
10 March 1996 More than 1.5 tonnes of fireworks [19]
9 March 1997 [20]
8 March 1998 120,000 [9]
7 March 1999 180,000 [10]
12 March 2000 80,000 [21][22]
3 March 2001 [23]
9 March 2002 [24]
8 March 2003
6 March 2004 70,000 Two main barges and nine pontoons [25]
8 March 2005
4 March 2006 35,000 individual fireworks used, with approximately 6,000 shooting comets and almost 3,000 shells
10 March 2007 More than 170,000
15 March 2008
21 March 2009 130,000 [26]
20 March 2010
19 March 2011
17 March 2012 Over 100,000 Featured more than 2500 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and around 40,000 pyrotechnic effects [27]
16 March 2013 Featured 40,000 individual pyrotechnics [28][29]
15 March 2014 120,000 More than 2000 aerial fireworks and 10,000 shooting comets, display lasting 18 minutes [2][30]
14 March 2015

Sponsors[edit]

Skyfire is a FM 104.7 event, with sponsorship over the years also offered by Casino Canberra,[10] ActewAGL,[31] and Canberra Airport.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The festival is in full swing". The Canberra Times. 18 March 1989. p. 5. The FM104.7 contribuition to Canberra Festival, Skyfire I, will explode over Kings Park tonight 
  2. ^ a b Belot, Henry (15 March 2014). "Canberrans enjoy Skyfire 2014". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 11 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Getting a blast from the night sky". The Canberra Times. 12 March 1990. p. 1. 
  4. ^ a b "Skyfire III ready to blaze the heavens". The Canberra Times. 10 March 1991. p. 2. 
  5. ^ a b "Spectacular night display". The Canberra Times. 5 March 1992. p. 17. 
  6. ^ a b Mapstone, Naomi (6 March 1993). "All set for countdown to Skyfire Mark V". The Canberra Times. p. 3. 
  7. ^ Bachelard, Michael (9 March 1993). "Fireworks go up before the rain pours down". The Canberra Times. p. 6. 
  8. ^ a b Fuller, Jacqueline (11 March 1994). "Explosive show expected on Sunday". The Canberra Times. p. 4. 
  9. ^ a b News Briefs Australia New Zealand 1998, Meyer Sound, archived from the original on 23 February 2014 
  10. ^ a b c "Casinos Austria International: Newspages" (22). Casino Canberra. June 1999. p. 3. Archived from the original on 20 June 2003. 
  11. ^ Skyfire: Saturday 21st March 2009, Queanbeyan Online Community and Business, archived from the original on 6 July 2011 
  12. ^ a b Andrews, Louis (21 March 2009). "Skyfire's 21st guaranteed to go off with a bang". Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 22 March 2009. 
  13. ^ "Skyfire, Enlighten prove popular". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 21 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Knaus, Christopher (14 March 2012). "130 cops to crackdown on underage drinking at Skyfire". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Doherty, Megan (17 March 2012). "Skyfire to lower the boom on capital". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. 
  16. ^ McIlory, Tom (16 March 2013). "Night sky's the limit for birthday bash". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 12 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Doherty, Megan; Belot, Henry (14 March 2014). "Skyfire to set the Canberra sky alight". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Mapstone, Naomi (13 March 1995). "Skyfire sparks the imagination". The Canberra Times. p. 1. 
  19. ^ North, Norman (29 February 1996). "Canberra alive with bright balloons, fun and festivities". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 
  20. ^ North, Norman (6 March 1997). "Canberra lets down its festival hair". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). p. 26. 
  21. ^ Kate Carnell, Chief Minister (30 March 2000). "CANBERRA NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 2000". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Australian Capital Territory: Legislative Assembly for the ACT. pp. 1142–1143. 
  22. ^ Jackson, Catriona (12 March 2000). "Fireworks display will be festival's biggest yet". The Canberra Times. p. 4. 
  23. ^ "Packed first day of action". The Canberra Times. 4 March 2001. p. 6. 
  24. ^ "Territorial truth". The Canberra Times. 13 February 2002. p. 6. 
  25. ^ Canberra Skyfire 2004 “Best Ever”, 9 March 2014, archived from the original on 28 February 2014 
  26. ^ a b "Majura Park makes a mark at Skyfire 21 celebrations". The Hub (Canberra Airport) (49). April 2009. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. 
  27. ^ Knaus, Christopher (18 March 2012). "Skyfire wins battle with elements". The Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "Skyfire lights up Canberra". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 18 March 2013. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. 
  29. ^ Nicholson, Larissa (17 March 2013). "Skyfire lights up city skies for second time in a week". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. 
  30. ^ "104.7 celebrate recent Canberra Skyfire". Radio Today. 3 April 2014. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. 
  31. ^ "ActewAGL proud to support a bigger, brighter and cleaner Skyfire in 2014" (Press release). ActewAGL. 14 March 2014. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. 

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