The Vestale & the Jury’s Prize
Each year, companies are competing for the Silver Vestale and the prizewinners compete for the Gold Vestale, every 4 years. This award is very important, because it recognizes international excellence in pyrotechnical arts.
Vesta, fire goddess, was Zeus sister.
Every town had its own public fireplace that was dedicated to her, and the fire should never stop. When a new town was created, the immigrants brought burning charcoal from the mother town fireplace, to lighten the new fireplace. In Rome, the sacred fire of Vesta, was taken care of by six virgin princesses, called, the Vestales.
The rewards granted during the 2011 edition are the following :
Silver Vestale for KHAN representing Russia.
Jury’s Prize for PYRAGRIC representing France.
The 2012’s jury is led this year by Mister Jean-Baptiste GUYON, composed of celebrities:
Virginie HOFLACK, Judge at Court of Grasse
Hélène MARTI, Teacher, Voter to the Audience’s prize
Patrick MOYA, Painter
Hervé KOUBI, Choreographer
The Jury will award the Silver Vestal to the Pyrotechnician who will success to charm them with the creativity, the beauty of fireworks and the music. They will also grant the Jury’s Prize to the most original firework.
Each jury member will have to evaluate the pyrotechnical shows according to different points:
1) The Music and Firework conception: The quality and the originality of the pyrotechnical elements.
2) The Sound Track: The quality and originality.
3) The synchronisation: The precision between the music and the firework.
4) General artistic impression: The marks and others documents used by the jury, belong to the SEMEC only. Each jury member will have a document which will stay confidential to the final discussion. After each firework, these documents will be collected and kept by a SEMEC representative to the other firework.