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welcome message
International Symposium on Fireworks and The Malta International Fireworks Festival 2012

As MinisterforTourism, Culture and the Environment I would like to welcome all the delegates to the 13th International Symposium on Fireworks and to the Malta International Fireworks Festival. We are all very pleased to host such a number of interantional delegates and to provide them with an entertainment which the Maltese know best - Fireworks. Now in its 11th edition, the Malta International Fireworks Festival will be held over the spectacular Grand Harbour offering a beautiful backdrop for this event. The festival has proven to be the best show case for Malta's traditional craft of pyrotechnics that goes back hundreds of years. The festival has also attracted the attention and the participation of world famous pyrotechnic factories and technicians who have always shown a great respect towards Malta's artisans of fireworks displays and will return home with fond memories of their participation in the Festival. I hope that during your stay in Malta you will find the time to enjoy our Islands and learn something about our eventful history and experience our world renown hospitality.

Dr. Mario De Marco
Minister for Tourism

The Malta International Fireworks Festival and the International Symposium on Fireworks are being organised by the Ministry for Tourism, Culture and the Environment and Malta Tourism Authority and ISF 03

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welcome message
International Symposium on Fireworks and The Malta International Fireworks Festival 2012

On behalf of the Malta Tourism Authority it is my great pleasure to welcome you all, ISFdelegates, visitors to the Maltese islands and Maltese pyrotechnics enthusiasts, to this year's special edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival, which is being preceded by the International Symposium on Fireworks, being held in our country for the first time. The impressive extended programme of fireworks displays, as we.ll as the competition, promise to be as spectacular as ever, a fitting celebration of a combined art, craft and science that have been synonymous with our islands' culture and traditions for centuries. Nothing is celebrated in Malta and Gozo without fireworks, and there are always plenty of reasons to celebrate here. Any cursory glance at a Maltese summer evening sky wi.11 undoubtedly involve some part of the heavens being illuminated with fireworks. Fireworks are an intrinsic component of the Maltese culture, our heritage and traditions, as well as an integral part of the overall landscape of the islands. Malta and Gozo are characterized by colour. Bright, vibrant and intense colours that stand out beautifully against the backdrop of the honey-coloured Malta stone. Be it the houses' facades, the colours on the l.uzzu boats, the myriad colours at carnival or the elaborate street decorations that adorn all towns and villages at Festa time. There are few more apt examples of our country's 'colours' than the kaleidoscopic aerial fireworks displays that light up our skies. This year's festival will see displays also being held outside the festival's natural 'home' - The unique and magnificent Grand Harbour. This will also enable visitors to our islands to enjoy the spectacular aerial shows above the skyline of other historic and scenic locations in Malta and Gozo. The fact that the festival is held annually at the end of April is also no coincidence. The MIFF nowadays signals the start of the Festa season which, by direct association, also means the commencement of the fireworks season..During the final night of the festival we also commemorate Malta's accession to the European Union (l't May, 2004) in the manner we celebrate best - With fireworks, of course! I wish you all a very enjoyable festival and symposium

Josef Formosa Gaud
Malta Tourism Authority CEO 05

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the programme in detail
.International Symposium on Fireworks - Malta

I 22nd - 28th April 2012

Sunday 22nd April 22.30hrs

Floriana (Excelsior Hotel)
An eight minute close proximity pyro-musical show will be held by FireOne Malta in collaboration with st. Nicholas Fireworks Factory of Siggiewi, following the welcome reception launching the International Symposium on Fireworks conference being held in Malta,

Monday 23'" April 22.30 hrs

Mdina
Pyro-musical displays by Scarpato/ PyroDigit (Italy) and Mount Carmel Fireworks Factory of Zurrieq.

21.45 to

21.45 to

Wednesday 25th April 18.30 to 23.00 hrs

Mellieha
A variety of traditional and unique Maltese fireworks (including daylight and night multi-break fireworks and mechanised ground fireworks held amidst a Maltese festa ambience). Different Maltese fireworks factories are participating:
12lh

May (Zebbug)

Independent (Qrendi) SanGuzepp (Kirkop) Santa Marija [Ghaxaq} Tal-Gilju (Mqabba)

San Bert (Ghargnur) San Guzepp (Rabat) Santa Marija [Mgarr)

St ..Michael's (Lija) Santa. Katarina (Zejtun) Santa Marija (Mosta)

lourdes (Qrendi) Santa Kata rina [Zurrieq] Santa Marija (Mqabba)

Ghaqda tan-nar 23 "April (Qormi)

Our Lady of Consolation (Gudja) The parish square will be lit up and decorated to emulate the vibrant and colourful atmosphere of a traditional Maltese feast, with the church far;ade lit up and banners around the square..The evening will be complimented with musical performances by the local band clubs and a varied entertainment by local talent. In addition, stalls selling local food and delicacies will be set up to further create the atmosphere. The evening will come to a close with a mechanised fireworks display organised by the Mellieha Fireworks Group. This evening is being organised with the support of the Mellieha Local Council.

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the programme in detail
.International Symposium on Fireworks - Malta

I 22nd - 28th April 2012

Thursday 26th April
21.00 to 22.30hrs

St Paul's Bay (Islet Promenade)
A variety of Maltese ground fireworks set up to display the historical development of this form of pyrotechnic display; starting from the traditional Catherine wheels ending with the mechanised pieces very popular today. Different Maltese fireworks factories are participating: San Guiepp (Zebbug) Santa Katarina [Zurrieq] Mount Carmel (Zurrieq) Santa Marija (Mosta] San Bert [Gharghur] Santa Marija (Gnaxaq) Lourdes (Naxxar)

Our Lady 'Of Consolation (Gudja)
along the promenade. Park and Ride service is being provided with the support

The St Paul's Bay band club will also be perfoming from Xemxija Bay (opposite Paul's Bay Local Council.

the Olympics Gardens). This evening is being organised

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27'h April 22.00 to 23.00hrs

Friday

Valletta

(Ta' Liesse)

Py.ro-musical and traditional displays by Pirico Fireworks (Italy) and Ugo Lieto Fireworks (Italy) Grand finale by Lourdes Fireworks Factory of Qrendi Malta (winners of the Malta International Fireworks Festival 2011 .. )

2ath April 19.00 to 22.00hrs

Saturday

Chcrb. Gozo
Traditional Maltese aerial and ground firework displays by Gozitan pyrotechnic factories Tal-Virtu (San Lawrenz) and Qalb ta' Gesu Fontana Brothers (Fontana)
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The Fireworks Festival Special Edition is being organised by the Ministrv for Tourism, Environment and Culture, the Malta Tourism Authoritv and the .ISF Malta 2012 Host Committee.

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Malta International Fireworks Festival2012

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21.00 hrs 21.30 hrs 22.00 hrs

Pyro-musical display by Apogee Fireworks of Canada. Pyre-musical display by Phoenix Fireworks ofthe UK. Pyro-musical display by Jost Fire works of Austria ..

MONDAY 30th APRIL
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Harbour

21.00 hrs 21.30 hrs 22.00 hrs

pyro-musical display by St Michael's Fireworks Factory of (Lija) Malta .. pyro-musical display by Mirnovec Fireworks of Croatia. Pyro-musical display by Surex Fireworks of Poland.

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21.00 hrs 21.10 hrs

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21.30 hrs

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PHOENIX FIREWORKS (UK) 50615026 ST. MICHAEL'S FIREWORKS fACTORY (MALTA) SUREX FIREWORKS (POLAND) 50615030

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participating companies
Malta International Fireworks Festival 2012

Apogee Fireworks (Canada)
"Pvro Cavaliers" - SMS voting number 5061 5025 The real secret of a fireworks company relies on the team that supports it. Apogee's team is made up of passionate technicians motivated for only one thing; to give a perfect show. Apogee directed various fireworks events all over Canada and South Africa and through all these productions a squad of experienced technicians have come together in this compa.ny to create a multi disciplinary production team able to generate undefined success for any type of project. After 18 years of experience, Apogee is now the world's most renowned fireworks company from Canada becoming its most awarded firm since 2008.

Phoenix Fireworks
"Triumph

(United Kingdom) number 5061 5026

of Fire" - SMS voting

Based in Wrotham near London, Pheonix Fireworks celebrates its 40th anniversary in the fireworks display business this year; During this time Phoenix has literally risen to become one of the best fireworks companies. in the UK. Dedication by Martin Coffin (Owner) and precision infused into the business by Alex Selby (Display Director) have seen Phoenix display in a variety of venues from major national celebrations to small village events. Phoenix Fireworks are previous winners of the British Musical Fireworks Championsips 2007 and also the British Fireworks Championships 2009, one of only three companies to have won both titles. "Making Fire Work" ...... you ....is their passion. for

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Feuerwerke Jost (Austria)
"Emotions of Fireworks" ~ SMSvoting number 5061 5027
Feuerwerke Jost is one of Austria's leaders for pyrotechnicalevents. For more than 10 years the company owner Rudolf Jost and his pvro-technlcians have been delighting their spectators with unforgettable moments of fire and light. Feuerwerke Jest performed impressive and very successful fireworks displays in Germany, Austria, Spain, Monaco and Ireland. The company is well known for its powerful, loud and very impressive fireworks displays which are full of creativity and passion. Every detail is planned with precision and fantasy and performed to perfection. The team not only relies on many years of experience but also on the use of the most modern equipment available, allowing for a perfect fusion of fireworks and music to achieve the best performances.

St. Michael's Fireworks Factory (Malta)
"Pyro Cavaliers" ~ SMSvoting number 5061 5028
St. Michael's fireworks factory was founded in 1925, establishing itself as one of the leading fireworks factories in Malta. It has been commissioned to put on displays during numerous state visits and national festivities such as for the closing ceremony of the Small Nations Games held in Malta in 1992 and 2003, for the opening ceremony of Giochi Senza Frontieri and the company also partici pated in the Malta International Fireworks Festiva Isas one of the mai n participants. St. Michael's fireworks factory placed first in the International Fireworks Festival in Monaco in 1980. The factory was awarded forthe Best Shells and Best Colours in the Malta International Fireworks Festival held in 2006. St. Michael's fireworks factory offers one of the best fireworks displays on the S'h and 6th August of every year celebrated in honour of the village's patron feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord.

Mimovec Pirotehnika (Croatia)
"Croatia through the fireworks" - SMSvoting number 5061 5029
Mirnovec Pirotehnika was established in 1993, and today is synonymous with fireworks and laser shows, multi-media shows and entertainment pyrotechnics in Croatia. Today it boasts of 11 years experience in organising international fireworks festivals, attended by well known companies from around the world including Italy, the Philippines and Portugal. Over the years, Mirnovec has participated in numerous international competitions in Poland, England, RUssiaand Italy amongst others, using high quaJity products, new and innovative show designs and sound tracks for which the company has won them a number of prizes ..

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participating companies
Malta International Fireworks Festival 2012

Surex (Poland)
"stars emotions in the sky" - SMS voting number 5061 5030 Based on the licence obtained from the Ministry of the Interior and Admlnlstratton in Warsaw, Surex have been doing business since 1989. Since 1995 their business profile expanded by offering pyrotechnic displays combined with laser shows. In 2008 the first pyrotechnic festival took place. In cooperation with the municipality council of Szczecin, during the second week of August they created the "Pvrornagic" International Fireworks Festival, Which attracted an audience of almost 60,000 people. As a follow up of this success in 2009 another festival, called the "Masters of Fire" Barbeque and Fireworks Festival was held in Bielsko-Biata .. surex today are winners of various international competitions all over the world including in Belgium, France and Korea among others.

Parente Fireworks ataly)
Closing pyro-musical display OUT OF COMPETITION

The origins of Parente Fireworks date back to the end of the 19th century, when the family founder, Mr. Romualdo Parente decided to pursue the tradition of fireworks in the town where he lived. The Parente family was then living in south east Italy and quickly became involved in the setting up of fireworks shows during religious activities. The first manufacturing plant was built in 1900 to become one of the largest fireworks companies in the south of Italy. In 1951, one of the brothers, Antonio, moved to Melara in the north east of Italy and in 1956, with the help of his two sons built up a new plant consisting offour rooms. From then on Parente Fireworks has continued to grow and today produces over 600 shows annually in Italy and beyond, making the name more famous internationally.

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Pyrotechnic Companies

PyroDigit (Italy)
"Around the world on the wings of fire" (pyro-musical show)

23rd APRIL - MOINA

With its thirty years of experience in the electronic field, pyroDigiT has developed a professional firing system which is capable of satisfying any "firing demand". Differentiating itself from other manufacturers, PyroDigiT has developed a firing system designed specifically for pyromusical shows, special effects and for the creation of original and dynamic pyrotechnic choreography. All these things have been achieved through the creation of special geometric units equipped with electronics, providing quick setups, cleaning connections and spectacular effects.

Pyroemotions (Italy)
This young and dynamic company is making its name as the essential partner for all kinds of event organisers seeking innovative and high quality firework displays. Its mission is to ensure that any kind of event will be planned down to the smallest detail, using primarily Italian made materials that are both strong in colour and powerful in their effects. The company is owned by Andrea Scarpato who is from a family that has been operating in the field of pyrotechnics for many decades. The company has achieved a position as one ofthe leading exponents of pyrodesign both domestically and internationallv,

Mount Cannel Fireworks (Zurrieq, Malta)
"Fireworks, a Maltese kind of magic"
Fireworks for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Zurrlso, manufactured by locals are documented way back to 1801, within the records of the Confraternity of Our lady of Mount Carmel. Several years later, fireworks were being manufactured in small rooms in the village countryside-" Fuq ir-Rih ta' Babu", an area know as "Tei-Gherier". Since the amount of fireworks produced for the feast was increasing, these rooms were becoming more and more insufficient. Fortunately, on the 19th of January 1964, the Carmelite Society acquired a piece of terrain at "Ix-Xaghra ta' Babu". This was the ideal site for the Mount Carmel Fireworks Factory and in a relatively short period of time, the building was completed. Throughout the years, the Mount Carmel Fireworks Factory Team has always excelled in the aerial and ground fireworks displays, especially during the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, celebrated on the third Sunday of July, The Mount Carmel Fireworks Factory has taken part in several cultural and national events, including the 25th Anniversary of Independence Day and the New Millennium Celebrations. The Mount Carmel Fireworks Factory was the overall winner of the Malta International Fireworks Festiva.1 007, 2

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biography of participants
I.nternational Symposium on Fireworks - Malta 2012

27th APRIL - VAUETIA GRAND HARBOUR

Pineo (Italy)
The Pirico Association was established to unite in the same synergy of purposes and working processes all the main actors of the Italian pvrotechnical art. A number of established ltalianfireworks companies joined forces in this association to promote the art of creating unique fireworks, known and appreciated both in Italy and all overthe world. The repertoire of products is vast, from various ground effects such as mines and roman candles, to various aerial shells including the. distinguished ltalian multi-break shells. Pirico's aim is to present the pvrotechnical products in their ideal appearance as a real and proper art form.

Fireworks Lieto s.nl (Italy)
Fireworks l.lsto s.r.l, of Visciano (NA) Italy, was established after the second world war by Antonio lieto, with Ugo Ueto, the heir, being the most elaborate from the Viscianese school. In the complex based in Roccarainola various experiments using new products and special effects take place. In its shows the company offers various traditional Italian fireworks with a variety of colours and effects. Fireworks Ueto s.r.l. offers unique fireworks shows aiming for the best visual effects. Its mission is to be at the fore-front in the manufacturing of pyrotechnic products. Ugo Lieto continues this tradition in thefamlly enterprise through his son, Antonio, with passion and dedication offering a wide number of displays in various tourlsttc places around Italy. Their displays have also been appreciated around the world including in the USA,Canada, South Africa, France and Spain.

Lourdes Fireworks Qrendi

(Malta)

Lourdes Fireworks Factory is based in the southern village of Urendi and actively takes part in their annual feast dedicated to our Lady of Lourdes held every July.The current factory was inaugurated on the 11th November 1976 and since then they have produced various displays around Malta, offering a.variety of traditional Maltese fireworks and musical shows. All the members offer their services on a voluntary basis, ensuring that the society's name is held high in esteem amongst their followers and whoever enjoys their shows. Lourdes Fireworks participated in the Malta International Fireworks Festival in 2011, where the company emerged as the clear winners with a robust and well choreographed display offering some quite unique firework.sshells during their show. This year the group of volunteers are presenting a pyro-musical show to dose the week-long International Symposium on Fireworks being held in Malta.

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