Here at Standard Fireworks we have been supplying fireworks to the UK market since 1891 and have a wealth of experience within the UK consumer firework market and partnerships with the UK's key retailers. From our head office in Huddersfield we co-ordinate the sales, marketing, sourcing, distribution of fireworks to the retail and professional trades. From 1998 Standard has been part of the Black Cat international brand.
Huddersfieldâ€™s Festival of Light returns this year with some special features not to be missed. One of the highlights of this yearâ€™s festival is Pixel Pyros, an interactive digital firework display. The audience will be encouraged to touch the bright orbs of light to fire an array of multi-coloured rockets across a huge screen using state of the art projectors and lasers.
So you have been to a Pyromusical Display or what is more commonly referred to as a Musical Firework Display and have been left wondering how on earth the fireworks matched the music so perfectly and burst with every beat? You will have just witnessed a Designerâ€™s fantasy come to life. For several months before the live display, the new-age designer will have been sat in front of a computer choosing and choreographing virtual fireworks to music from an inventory that replicates the real thing sat in his or her storage container. There are now a few software packages out there that allow designers to bring their Pyro fantasies to life. The real skill here that a designer must try to adhere to is to maintain a balance of imagination and sensibility. There are many questions a designer must ask themselves when designing a firework display in software; it is easy to get carried away. Here is a list of considerations a designer would definitely have to think about during designing with software:
2013 sees a change to the British Musical Fireworks Championships. The magnificent pyro-musical displays are still staged in Southport; however the firing site has been moved from Kings Gardens to the home of the Southport Flower Show, Victoria Park. This is because of redevelopment being undertaken at Kings Gardens. This yearâ€™s competition runs from Friday 4th October to Sunday 6th October. The harmonious marriage between fireworks and music should yet again lighten the skies above Southport and bring joyous entertainment for families, couples and firework fans alike. Read the rest of this entry »
On Friday 16th August 2013, the Hunan Jixiu Fireworks Manufacturing & Display Co. Ltd of China opened the Trico Homes International Firework Festival as part of GlobalFest 2013. The theme of their show was â€śThe End of a Heroâ€ť and was based around the late years of Qi Dynasty (221-206 BC). It told a story of the heroâ€™s braveness and love. The fireworks showcased interchanged between being loud and powerful to represent the heroâ€™s braveness and then soft, elegant and beautiful in relation to the heroâ€™s love. The show included the compulsory piece of music â€śChanson Themeâ€ť from the stage adaptation of A Clockwork Orange by Danny Luntz. This music was compulsory for all designers from each of the four nations presenting a show at the festival. The Chinese firework display opened up with the compulsory music and then traditional Chinese music was heard. During the display there was a wide array of pyrotechnics on view including some beautiful gold horsetails and a stunning multi-coloured water carpet, which lit up the lake at Elliston Park. Read the rest of this entry »
Darkness has fallen, your fireworks are set up, your audience are waiting and you have your portfire/taper. This is your time to shine as a firework display operator. In the Firework Code we stress that it is majorly important to light fireworks at armâ€™s length using a taper or firework lighter (portfire). Tapers are often what you will find in a selection box and look like joss sticks. They burn with the slightest of glows rather than produce an actual flame. It is always important to hold them in a gloved hand and they are recommended for use with garden fireworks. It is also just as important to follow the instructions on each firework and to read the instructions carefully using a torch or lamp â€“ never a naked flame.
In an International Firework Display Competition the firing of a show is entirely different. Digital firing systems are the choice of most firework display companies now and we had the chance to be aboard the Barge at the Honda Celebration of Light in Vancouver, the largest off shore firework display competition in the world to witness the firing of a show. Three digital firing systems were used in this instance to fire each display at the event and also used to fire three rounds of salutes to entice the crowds down to English Bay before each show. The system was also used to fire a huge piece of lance work which showcased the logo of the main sponsor of the event, which was Honda.
Thailand Fireworks brought the curtain down with a bang at this yearâ€™s Honda Celebration of Light in Vancouver in front of an approximate 400,000 people, the largest crowd of the competition.
Honda Celebration of Light, the worldâ€™s largest off shore firework display competition, is staged in Vancouver just off English Bay. Itâ€™s evident to see just how big the event is with a large police presence and main streets closed to vehicles so the large crowds can make their way down to find a spot to watch the spectacle take place. The event is free to the public and is primarily aimed at increasing tourism to Vancouver. Read the rest of this entry »
Saturday 6th July saw the opening of the 45th edition of the Concours International de Feux dâ€™Artifice Pyromelodiques, more commonly known as the Monaco International Musical Fireworks Competition 2013. The first display team to grace the Quai Rainier III was Sirius Pyrotechnics of Canada. â€śDiamondsâ€ť was the theme of their show and what a relevance this was being in the wealthy manâ€™s back yard and what better title could sum up the luxury of this small principality. Read the rest of this entry »
Spectacular sights from Taipei for their New Years Eve celebrations. Fireworks being fired from the Taipei 101 building, formally the Taipei World Financial Centre. Where 800,000 people watched in awe as the building literally lit up with fireworks.
The stunning firework display lasted 5 minutes firing multi-coloured and multi-effect sequence shots from various heights of the building.
This fantastic celebration was not only for New Year but it also saw in the 101st anniversary of the Republic of China.
The Mayorâ€™s Midnight Fireworks display by the Thames is set to be fantastic this year, with over 250,000 people coming to watch the firework display last year it is expected to be similar numbers this time around.
The viewing areas usually fill up 2-3 hours before the show starts so make sure you get there early to get the best spots.
Radio 1â€™s DJ Nihal will be putting on an exclusive show for all those who attend â€“ starting at 10pm and continuing after the firework display.
Make sure you wrap up warm for the show as it will be cold. Meeting friends and family before venturing out to view points is advised as the crowds could mean that it is hard to meet up once there.
Tickets are not on sale for the show, it is a free event, so please do not accept any if they are offered to you.