This coming weekend Nick is at the Malta International Firework Festival. He has been invited by electronic fireworks firing system Pyrosure and tal-Ġilju of Mqabba to provide technical advice and assitance on the Pyrosure system which will be firing a 3000+ cue display at Golden Bay on Sunday 28th April.
This is the 12th international fireworks festival and is being held between April 26 and 30. Fireworks companies competing in the 2013 event come from Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal as well as two Malta-based display companies.
Fireworks in Malta have a long tradition which is centuries old. Indeed the traditional craft of pyrotechnics in Malta goes back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St John – which we like given our name. The Order used to celebrate their most important feasts and events with special pyrotechnic displays. Such firework displays were also used as an expression of rejoicing on special occasions, such as the election of a Grand Master or a Pope, as well as on the birth of a prince.
There are some 35 fireworks factories in Malta and double that number of towns and villages where firework displays are part of the traditional celebrations of patron saints.
The sheer scale and spectacle of the displays in the festival dwarf anything that are normally seen in the UK. Displays will use 10 and 12 inch shells compared to the six inch shells that are the largest that are routinely used today in Britain.
The Maltese tourist authority has produced this promotional video for the event, which we thought you all might like to see and we will have plenty of photos to share.