FESTIVAL HISTORY

The Festival

The origin of the event dates back to 1967, when the company Ruggieri and the town of Cannes jointly developed, to the great amazement of the residents of Cannes and its visitors, an international competition between the most famous pyrotechnicians of the age.

With fireworks set off from barges anchored in the bay, the jousts were orchestrated to the rhythm of a musical track and choreographed along a symbolic theme: the bases for a brand-new concept were laid. They would vary slightly over the years, while the ever more spectacular performances by the pyrotechnicians would increase in sophistication and originality to make this Festival one of the most prestigious pyrotechnic meetings in the world today.

80,000 spectators per evening in 1998. Today, more than 100,000 people, eyes raised, come to admire every display during fleeting creations that the greatest Master pyrotechnicians in the world exhibit under the starry sky of the Bay of Cannes, from July to the end of August.

 

The Competition

The fascination for this universal art, which blends the most exuberant creativity with mastery of ingredients of an explosive nature, has given the Cannes competition a global reputation. Every year, the selected pyrotechnicians compete for the highly coveted “Vestale d’Argent” and, every four years, the winners return to do battle for the “Vestale d’Or”, “Vestale d’Argent” and “Vestale de Bronze”, precious door openers awarded to “the best of the best”.

Innovation, rich aesthetics, stage setting, synchronization, rhythm…so many criteria considered by the jury to evaluate each of the multicoloured musical frescos in the competition. At the same time, for several years spectators have had the chance to vote to award the “Public Prize”: for this, beyond the technical aspects of the performances, this is a true “love at first sight” and a recognition much prized by the artists, the tamers of bombs and magic powders.

 

 

The Guest book

Participants since 1967

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Allemagne


Dynamit Nobel (1967-1968-1971)
Lunig Pyrotechnie (1975-2000)
Innovative Pyrotechnik Gmbh (2003-2012)
Weco Feuerwerk (2007-2010)

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Argentine

Cienfuegos (2004)
Fuegos Artificiales Jupiter (2007-2012-2015-2018)

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Australie

Foti Fireworks (2004)
Howard & Sons (2016)

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Autriche

Pyropa Pyrotechnik (1970)
Erick Liebwein (1973-1977)
Alfred Pokorny (1974-1978)
Friedrich Scheutz (1980-1981)
Günter Vogler (1983-1998)
Pyrovision (2009-2010-2017)

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Azerbaïdjan

Baku Firework Group (2013-2014-2015)

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Belgique

Van Cleemput (1972-1973)
Eugène Hendrickx (1974-1975-1977-1982-1999)
Roger Heytens (1979)

 

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Brésil

Société Indios Pirotecnia (2001)

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Canada

Fiatlux (2000-2003-2005)
Ampleman Pyrotechnie (2007)
Royal Pyrotechnie (2008)
Sirius Pyrotechnics (2017)

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Chine

Groupement d’artificiers Chinois (1973)
Société Sunny (2000-2002-2012)
Pyro Magic (2013-2014)

 

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Espagne

Pirotecnia Zaragozana (1967-1969-1971-1976-1979-1982-2004-2012-2014)
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Pirotecnia Islas Canarias (1970)
Pirotecnia Golfe (1972)
Pirotecnia Brunchu (1973-1974)
Pirotecnia Igual (1975-1976-1980-1983-1998-1999-2005-2006-2011)
Pirotecnia Caballer (1978-1981-2001-2002-2007)
Pirofantasia (2009)

 

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Finlande

JoHo Pyro (2016-2018)

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France

Ruggiéri (1967-1973-1974-1975)
Lacroix (1968-1969-1971-1976-1977-1981-1982-1999-2005)
Brézac Artifices (2004-2006-2012)
Marmajou (1970)
Pyrolandes (1972-1978-1979)
ATP Fabre (1980)
Festival (1983)
Maurel (1982)
Jacques Couturier Organisation (1999- 2013)
Pyragric (1999-2000-2002-2011-2014)
Arc en Ciel (2000-2002)
Fêtes et Feux (2001-2003-2007)
Prestatech (2003-2009-2010-2015)
Féerie (2005-2006-2010)
Imaginaire Pur (2008)
EFC Evènement (2013)
Intermede (2015)
ArtEventia (2016-2018)
Alpha Pyro (2017-2018)

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Grèce

Nanos Fireworks (2013)

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Italie

Morsani (2012-2014)
Antonio Parente (1967-2009)
Panzera (1968-1969-1970-1971-1979-1981-1983-1999-2000
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Orazio Vallefuoco (1972)
Fratelli Soldi (1974-1975-1976-1978-2005)
Ditta Salvatore (1983)
Pirotecnica Scarpato (2004-2006-2007)
Vaccalluzzo Pirotecnia (2013-2014)
PyroEmotions (2016)

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Ile Maurice

Impact Production (2003)

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Japon

Ogatsu Marutamaya (1967-1969)

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Philippines

Dragon Fireworks (2017-2018)

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Pologne

Surex (2009-2010-2015-2018)

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Portugal

Don Enriqué Da Silva Do Vouga (1970-1972)
Mario Pedro (1977)
Grupo Luso Pirotecnia (2003-2006- 2013)
Macedo’s (2008-2011)

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République Tchèque

Flash Barrandov (2008-2010-2016)

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Royaume Uni

Pains Wessex (1968-1977)
Nationwide Fireworks (1983)
Kimbolton Fireworks & Starlight Design (2001-2002)
Fantastic Fireworks (2005)
First Galaxy (2011)
Pyrotex Firewokx (2015)
Smart Pyrotechnics (2017)

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Russie

Khan (2008-2011-2014)

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Suisse

Mueller Pyrotechnie (1969-1980)
Bugano (1983-1998)
Pyroistars (2008)

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