September is the month that the Blackpool skies light up with sensational pyrotechnic displays at the annual Blackpool World Fireworks Championship providing stunning displays on Friday nights during the month making a great start to a long weekend in Blackpool.
Blackpool International Fireworks Competition image © Paul Brown Photography.
The Blackpool Fireworks Competition is famous for its ground breaking, breathtaking displays attracting the top pyrotechnics experts from around the world and this year is no exception with competitors from Sweden, Austria and Canada, the competition culminating in a non competing display from the United Kingdoms very own Titanium Fireworks team on the final Friday. Fireworks displays are loved by all the family, young and not so young alike, bring along the whole family for an exhilarating evening of stunning audio visual entertainment.
The program for 2015 is yet to be confirmed but the dates are:
- Friday 11th September – Competitor TBC
- Friday 18th September – Competitor TBC
- Friday 25th September – Competitor TBC
- Friday 2nd October – Non competing Fireworks Display from a UK team and the competition winner announcement
The build up starts at 7pm. The event is subject to weather of course and may be re located further up the Promenade or postponed in the event of adverse conditions.
About The Teams
The teams competing in the 2015 Blackpool World Fireworks Competition have yet to be confirmed (we shall have the information here as soon as it is available) but a high standard of displays is now well established. The 2014 competitors brought a wealth of experience and proven skills in delivering stunning displays to audiences across Europe and around the world, Fireworks Displays are a truly global entertainment.
In 2014 we saw:
Linders Pyrotechnics from Sweden
Linders Pyrotechnics have been in the fireworks display business for over thirty years. The company located in Varberg on the west-coast of Sweden aim to provide the highest quality fireworks and fireworks displays to the Swedish public through a nationwide chain of approximately 300 independent retailers.
During the past 30 years Linders fireworks have played a key part in the development of the fireworks and fireworks display markets in Sweden and since 2005 have been a part of the Vulcan International Group. Beside the consumer fireworks market Linders perform numerous firework display shows throughout Sweden each year. Linders have always stood for the highest quality design and range of fireworks along with breathtaking fireworks displays.
Blackpool is Linders first international fireworks display competition and Linders are very proud to participate, especially as they are the first company to represent Sweden at the Blackpool International Fireworks Competition.
Lukasser Design Fireworks from Austria
Armin Lukasser is well known across Austria for his leadership experience as director, consultant, producer and creator of original ideas and concepts in a wide variety of international artistic multimedia and fireworks display projects.
From his background in architecture and construction Armin decided to found the company Lukasser Design Fireworks Int., based in Tyrol, Austria. This allowed him to realise his geometrical dreams through the use of pyrotechnics. Armin Lukasser quickly became highly sought after in Austria for his unique and in this form previously unknown artistic pyro musical fireworks displays.
Only the sky, a “canvas without frame”, is big enough for Armin Lukasser’s paintings in fire. The proximity of the stars is the inspiration for his consistently innovative and emotional scenes. Travelling between continents and cultures since his youngest days brought has given Armin the experience and unique empathy which is necessary to play a heart-stopping game with the emotions of his spectators. He is peerless in his ability to understand how to translate music into a beacon in the sky. Today he creates renowned multimedia spectacles around the globe.
Armin Lukasser is respected as a pioneer in the world of modern pyrotechnics. His extensive experience in show design and production has given him a well earned reputation as a leader in the field of audio visual fireworks displays and he has won numerous international awards for his stunning shows.
Firemaster Productions of Canada
Firemaster Productions is honoured to be part of the 2014 Blackpool World Firework Championships. Located in Niagara Falls, Canada, Firemaster Productions has been producing world-class fireworks displays since 2006. The company specialize in large scale productions and have successfully produced Canada’s largest pyro-musical fireworks display in Toronto for the past 2 years. In addition, key members of the Firemaster Productions team were part of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Firemaster display designers use state-of-the-art software to design unique and spectacular displays using music that is fresh and modern. Technicians and producers spend countless hours picking music that suits the venue and the theme of the soundtrack. The final result is a modern work of sight and sound that will be sure to impress the visitors and residents of Blackpool.
Firemaster Productions proudly represented Canada at the 2008 Blackpool World Firework Championships and since then have achieved years of design experience and look forward to producing their best fireworks display to date in Blackpool.
Titanium Fireworks was born from a passion to deliver the best possible firework displays in the UK. In a very short time the company has grown into one of the largest fireworks display companies in the UK, most notably delivering both the London New Year’s Eve celebrations and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay at the end of 2013.
Prior to the formation of Titanium, the management team gained over 50 years’ experience in delivering many hundreds of fireworks displays, culminating in what is broadly agreed to be the triumph of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games watched by a global audience.
As well as these major events the same team can be found throughout the year designing and firing corporate, local authority and private fireworks events across the UK, from product launches to ceremonies for village, town, city and schools, from November firework displays to weddings and birthday parties.
You can see the Titanium Fireworks display on Friday 26th September. This is a non competing display and tonight is the announcement of the winner of the Blackpool World Fireworks Championship.
Visitors arriving by car follow signs for south or central car parks.
Blackpool Illuminations are on into November this year, plenty of time to arrange a weekend break to enjoy the bracing sea air and a warm Blackpool welcome.
You may also be interested in other Blackpool festivals and events.
By: Ray Dexeter