The event will gather together the crème de la crème of the world’s firework elite and promises a mouth-watering series of shows with jaw-dropping entertainment for all the family - and a great opportunity for visitors to take an extended weekend break.
All displays subject to suitable weather conditions.
5th September - Sweden
12th September - Austria
19th September - Canada
26th September - Celebration Display from UK Team Titanium and Winner Announcement
The event takes place from 7pm to 8pm on Blackpool Promenade, and of course all displays will be subject to weather conditions at the time.
The hugely popular World Fireworks Championships return to the resort on Friday 5th September.
This FREE annual competition has rocketed in popularity over the years and features jaw-dropping displays from some of the most talented and technically gifted fireworks engineers in the world, takes place every Friday night from 5 to 26 September.
This year’s line-up features competitors from Sweden, Austria and Canada as well as display of the best fireworks the UK has to offer on the final night.
The contest this year is in association with media partner Rock FM with star presenter Danny Bee hosting the event each night.
September 5 will see the Swedish team, led by Linders Pyrotechincs, an experienced retailer and display company, make their debut in the competition.
September 12 is Austria’s turn with Lukasser Design Fireworks leading their charge for glory and promising to use the sky as “a canvas without a frame”.
And a week later on September 19, returning competitors Canada will take to the stage with Niagara Falls-based Firemaster Productions, who played a key role in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, showing off their skills.
The final night, on September 26, features a celebration display from the UK’s Titanium team and the announcement of the winner.
The winner will be chosen by a panel of local judges, which will also include one lucky Rock FM competition winner.
The judging this year will take place from Beach House Blackpool which is a perfect venue and location for the judges to rate the display and ultimately choose the overall winner.
This year, the panel will be made up of:
Peter Sedgwick, owner of North Pier Blackpool
Cheryl Tchobanian, from Beach House Blackpool
Councillor Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure
One lucky competition winner who will be chosen by VisitBlackpool and you can enter by going to www.visitblackpool.com/fireworks
Cllr Cain said: “The World Fireworks Championships has become a firm favourite in the Blackpool calendar and always attracts thousands of spectators.
“It makes for a perfect way to start the weekend for those who go along and is also an incredibly skilful and serious technical competition.
“It’s an honour to continue to host such a prestigious event and I look forward to seeing the teams in actions this year.
“The Fireworks Championships are yet another free, family friendly event that everybody can come along and enjoy. It brings tens of thousands of people in to the town centre every Friday and is a great opportunity for businesses to make the most of the extra trade by opening later or putting on special deals.
“I would urge everyone to come along, enjoy themselves and make the most of the restaurants, shopping and fun family attractions that we have to offer.”
A number of local businesses have decided to open their doors later and put on special deals to boost trade during the competition. To stay up to date with offers during the fireworks, go to www.visitblackpool.com/fireworks
All displays subject to suitable weather conditions.
And as Great British pyrotechnic experts Titanium rounded off the annual spectacle on Friday 27 September, it was the French team who were crowned victors.
Jean-Charles Audoubert (pictured right) was part of the winning team and described their art as a theatrical performance.
He said: “As a team composed of people whose experiences originate from every aspect of performing arts, we are united in the quest for the existential by using the sky as an enormous theatrical stage of infinite dimensions.”
Blackpool hosts the World Fireworks Championship each year in September when tens of thousands of people make the trip to the resort each week to watch the amazing master blasters light up the skies with jaw-dropping displays.
Marketing Blackpool Event Organiser Chris Pope said it is a hugely successful event.
Chris said: “The World Fireworks Championships is a great event to organise and one we are immensely proud to welcome back to Blackpool year after year.
“It is popular with visitors and residents alike and is the perfect event to run side by side with the Blackpool Illuminations.
“All the competitors put on incredible displays this year but it was France that the judges applauded most and we congratulate them and all the competitors on all their hard work.”
Take a look at this short video of the finale, with thanks to our friends at MediaFilms.
Hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed the sight!
Teams of top international firework experts from Ireland, China and France represented their homeland by staging stunning pyrotechnical displays above Blackpool’s North Promenade on 13, 20 and 27 September 2013, showcasing the artistry of their pyrotechnical team and the innovation of their fireworks designers.
Natalie Wyatt, Managing Director of Marketing Blackpool, said: “The International Firework Championships is an amazing event enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people each year.
“We enjoyed some spectacular displays and welcoming many people into the resort.
BOOM, BANG, WHOOSH! The sound can be heard and the display could be seen for miles around, as each of the evenings kicks off with the fireworks at 8.30pm with the evening starting from around 7.30pm.
The FREE annual event is held centrally on Blackpool promenade on Tower Festival Headland each September, with great views to be had from central and north pier.
All along the seafront of the Fylde Coast, subject to exactly where you are on the slight inwards and outwards undulation, the streams and sparkles can be seen high in the air, bringing people outside onto the seafront and balconies to watch, as far away as Cleveleys seafront.
The event brings the best of the worlds firework experts together and is another great free event from the north west seaside town.
If you live locally it's a great chance to come into town in the evening and enjoy a stroll in the still warm evening air before autumn sets in, and a bag of chips with a disposable fork - they taste so much better that way!
If you fancy visiting Blackpool for a short stay why don't you make the Fireworks Championships the weekend when you come to visit? There's so much to see and do, whatever the weather, you can be sure of a great time.
Remember to keep an eye on the Events Calendar- each of the dates is listed individually, along with hundreds of other things to do on the Fylde Coast
Focus Pyro with their winning trophy in 2013
Fireworks off Blackpool north pier
Blackpool Firework Championships
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