The sky over the landmark Herrenhausen Gardens in Germany will be transformed into a canvas for the world's most accomplished firework artists at the 22nd International Fireworks Competition. On five evenings between May and September, premier pyrotechnians and their teams that hail from Mexico, China, Portugal, England and Croatia will demonstrate their sensational firework skills as they bring splashes of shimmering light to the night. Audiences will get to treat not just their eyes but also their ears; the firework display is perfectly choreographed to a variety of inspiring music.
Teams will compete against each other with a compulsory piece of fireworks along with a “free” performance where each country can show off their strengths in the artistry of pyrotechnics. Additionally, between teams, the event features live music, variety-show acts and “walking acts” that mingle through the spectators. The show opened on May 12th with a bang, a firework show by last year’s winners, 'Pirotécnia Reyes' from Mexico. In the past year, the International Fireworks Competition has drawn more than 49,000 spectators to the charming Baroque gardens of the German town, Hanover. For more information on the schedule, ticketing and so forth, check out the official web site a http://www.hannover.de/firework.
Yesterday, the "23rd Macau International Fireworks Display Contest" began in Macau, a special administrative region of China near Hong Kong. Running through October 1st, this firework competition will feature some of the best pyrotechnic teams from all over the world. Canada, Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Austria, Chinese Taiwan, the Philippines, Portugal, France and China are all represented and will dazzle audiences with their amazing skills and feats of fireworks.
There is no telling who will win, there is much talent in the field. One of the first time entrants in the competition was Sirius Pyrotechnics from Canada, a company most recently known for their work in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics 2010. A return competitor to watch is Woori Fireworks from Korea, a prominent name in Asian pyrotechnics and a contributor to the FIFAFIFA Soccer World Cup Korea-Japan in 2002.
The firework shows will really be interactive fun for the audience. Each display is complemented with music to create a pyromusical. At the competition this year, a mobile phone game is being incorporated so that spectators can give feedback on their favorite firework teams. Messages will be sent out to mobile subscribers who will then text back their top picks; the five teams with the most votes will be declared “The People’s Choice.”