Firework Champions 2015 – pulling it all together

You’ll have seen the various stories we’ve put up here and a vast number of photos and videos on our Facebook page and Twitter feed but we thought it would be great to pull it all together into one place.

We took part last Saturday in the Firework Champions event at Newby Hall. One of five similar events taking place across the midlands and north of England this summer. We were competing against two other companies – Illusion Fireworks and Flashpoint Fireworks. Illusion just squeaked it ahead of us by a handful of votes so we were very pleased with the result. A win would have been better but that’s life. Just wait until the next time…

We have some amazing photos and videos.

A full video of the display can be seen here

There were other videos shot, which you can see here (which includes some nice drone-filmed views of the display) and here.  And for the really keen, here is Nick’s pre-display interview and the promotional video for the Newby Hall 2015 competition. Enjoy!

We’ve also got some amazing photos which can be seen below and here thanks to Cris Matthews at Pyro Productions.

Thanks to everyone for all their support, particularly the guys and girls at Firework Crazy, The Fireworkers and Firework Empire for working with us, and to Pendragon Fireworks for the loan of some kit.  Particular thanks to Mike Knox at Evolved Pyrotechnics for letting us showcase his new firing system and to Mat Lawrence at MLE Pyrotechnics for organising the event. It was a great day out. The weather held out for us and all the displays were awesome.

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Malta adventure revisited…

Back in April, Nick went to the Malta International Firework Festival.  He went at the invitation of PyroSure, the electronic firing system for fireworks.    Mike Knox at PyroSure has written up their adventure for Fireworks magazine and you can read all about it below:

A Maltese Adventure – Mike Knox June 2013

Inside track from the Malta International Firework Festival

As previously reported, Nick took part in the Malta International Firework Festival on 28 April as a technical adviser on the Pyrosure electronic fireworks firing system, working alongside Pyrosure and the Tal-Gilju Fireworks Factory.   Their display involved more than 3,500 cues.   Firework companies competing in the 2013 event came from Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal as well as two Malta-based display companies.

Nick took a huge number of photos and these can be seen here.  Real behind the scenes stuff.

Nick was also able to film from both ‘ground zero’ inside the display as well as from the perspective of the audience and combined the two, creating the film below.  We’ve done this before and the results are fantastic for giving a real insight into what happens during the firing of a major show.  Enjoy.

 

Malta adventures for Knights of Fire

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.