For a few magical evenings a year the skies over Southern France light up for the annual Festival of Pyrotechnic Art. Bursting into life in July, you won’t want to miss out if you’re a fan of fireworks, as this annual spectacle promises a night like never before.
Taking place every year since 1998, this unique event illuminates the French Riviera with a canvas of breathtaking rockets, as some of the world’s most skilled pyrotechnicians head to the Côte d’Azur to show off their talent for creating majestic displays.
Set in the middle of a glorious 400 metre bay between Iles de Lérins and the Pointe de l’Estérel, this one-of-a-kind competition sees multi-coloured flames dance to marvellous musical soundscapes. This year, the contestants will have 10 small pontoons and 3 big barges at their disposal, which should hopefully produce the most mesmerising exhibitions the competition has ever seen.
Attracting more than 200,000 spectators every year, the festival sees candidates from six different counties compete for the coveted Silver Vestal, which awards points for categories such as theme originality, presentation, synchronisation, colours and coordination. The winning firms return to Cannes every four years to compete for the ultimate prestige: the Gold Vestal. Other honours up for grabs include the Jury’s Prize and a Public Prize where spectators vote for their favourite display.
If you’re hopping on a P&O Ferry and headed for France for a driving holiday as the weather warms up, you can catch the different displays at the Bay of Cannes on these dates:
- Tuesday 14 July: the Baku Firework Group (Azerbaijan)
- Tuesday 21 July: Surex (Poland)
- Wednesday 29 July: Intermede (France)
- Friday 7 August: Pyrotex (England)
- Saturday 15 August: Jupiter (Argentina)
- Monday 24 August: Prestatech (France)
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