The Malta International Firework Festival 2018 is held over two nights in two different locations, with four competing companies. The first night was on the 21st April in Xaghra, Gozo, and the second night is 27th April in Marsaxlokk, Malta. We were selected to compete on the first night, along with Rozzi Fireworks from the USA. On the 27th Martarello SRL from Italy and St Mary’s Fireworks Factory, Ghaxaq are both competing. In between the competition pyromusical displays there are traditional Maltese displays; batteries, ground fireworks and showcases of shells. On the 30th the festival is brought to a close by fireworks in the Grand Harbour in Valetta.
The Set Up
We arrived in Malta on the 19th April and made our way to Gozo. The sun was out and it was warm, but not as warm as we left behind in the UK. We had a team BBQ and a relatively early night to start early the next morning setting up.
On the morning of the 20th we headed to our firing site, a flat piece of land above the Gozo Racecourse and about 1000m from the audience in Xaghra. The racks were all set up by the Maltese so it was just a case of fusing and putting everything in place, which would still take us a day and a half!
We had breakfast brought to us on site by the manager of a fantastic restaurant, Brookies, who we met in the airport in Bologne of all places. For lunch we were fed very well down at the racecourse.
On the 21st we headed back to site to finish off the rest of the fusing and testing of our show. We anticipated that we would finish by about lunch time, so that gave us loads of time should anything not go to plan. We had a few problems with our radio bridge to site but this still gave the crew some time to practice with the drone that we had been lent so we could film our show.