The Malta Independent 19 April 2024, Friday
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Malta International Fireworks Festival launched

Malta Independent Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 07:58 Last update: about 11 years ago

The Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority will be organizing the 13th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival. The Festival has become a landmark event in the Islands’ calendar of events, with the Grand Finale taking place in the unique settings of the Grand Harbour in Valletta. The festival forms part of the anniversary celebrations of Malta’s accession to the European Union and   the colourful spectacle annually attracts thousands of locals and visitors alike. While each year is special in its own way, this year there will be an additional bonus, marking the 10th Anniversary of Malta joining the European Union.

Following last year’s success, this year’s events shall kick off once again in the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk, on Friday 25th April. The spectacle will continue on the following day, Saturday 26th April, in the tourist hub of Bugibba and the spectacular Grand Finale will come to a close with a bang in Valletta’s Grand Harbour on Wednesday 30th April with a Pyromusical show.  The festival has rightfully earned the title “International” as over the years it has attracted foreign pyrotechnic companies from as far afield as Australia, Canada and Venezuela and closer to home like, Italy, Austria, Spain and Poland.

Several Maltese and foreign fireworks factories will be taking part in this year’s Malta International Fireworks Festival, who will together put on a spectacular pyrotechnic show with fantastic fireworks displays synchronized to music.  The foreign participants competing in the International Pyromusical Competition will be SteyrFire from Austria, Brezac Artifices from France, Pyrotex Fireworx from the UK and St. Joseph Fireworks Factory from Zebbug, Malta.

The  participants competing for the National Fireworks Competition  will be Banda Sant’ Andrija Fireworks Factory from Luqa, St. George’s Fireworks Factory from Qormi, Santa Marija Fireworks factory from Mgarr and Banda l- Unjoni St. Andrew’s Fireworks Factory from Luqa. Winners will be conferred with a special trophy according to their ranking, whilst the other participants will receive commemorative trophies.

Our Islands are renowned for the love of fireworks, which form a core part of almost any celebration or event organised, be it secular or religious. This year’s event will prove to be an added reason to visit some of Malta’s most scenic and historic spots during the month of April.

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