Firework Professionals had the honour of competing at the 28th Hanover International Fireworks Competition in Germany in September. International competitions are always so much fun for us and for the audiences.

A lot of work goes into creating a pyromusical, and there were plenty of challenges putting together the 22 minute show – the biggest coming from working remotely with unfamiliar pyrotechnics and firing systems, and a 10 hour time difference hindering communications a little.

Everyone has to start their show with a nominated track and the rest of the design is each team’s choice. All of our staff contributed to the soundtrack, which resulted in an eclectic mix of musical styles, including pacifica, swing, orchestral, tango and even a little bit of Black Sabbath.

It’s rare in NZ to have such a three-dimensional a site for a show and the brief was to highlight the natural aspects of the garden. Lead by Lachlan, our choreographer, we took a different approach to most teams by using a combination of Ultratech close proximity pyro, along with traditional outdoor ground and aerial effects. Working on a smaller budget especially, it was a great way to bring the audience a little closer the fireworks.

Chris and Patrick – two of our best technicians, traveled to Hanover deliver the show. We rigged over five days, with amazing support from local crews from Ernst Rohr GmbH and Innovative Pyrotechnik on and off the show site, Being the last team to participate, the team at home could watch the show and award ceremony afterwards in NZ via live stream.  It was a huge thrill to see Firework Professionals awarded with 2nd prize.  Pyromusical competitions are always a great experience and to come away as runner-up was the icing on the pyro cake!

(Picture by C.Marek)