Pyrothecnic displays will take place on:
Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Wednesday 30th April 2014
A number of Maltese and foreign fireworks factories will be participating in this competitive event, presenting spectacular pyrotechnic displays synchronised to music.
The festival forms part of the anniversary celebrations of Malta’s accession to the European Union.
Tradition of Fireworks in Malta
Fireworks in Malta have a long tradition which goes back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St. John. The feu de joie using gun salutes, the musketterija firing of muskets, the solfarelli d’aria, St. Catherine’s wheels (irdieden) and other forms of fireworks originated from explosives that were lit off from mortars (maskli) as an expression of rejoicing. Special occasions when such festivities were held were: the election of a Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of St. John, the election of a Pope who was the overall protector and ruler of the Order, the birth of a prince from a friendly European state or else to mark an important victory over the Ottoman military might. Fireworks developed into a craft when the Maltese started to celebrate the events connected to their British rulers in the 19th and 20th centuries. This centuries-old tradition is still very much alive in the crowded calendar of village festas that take place all over Malta and Gozo, especially in the summer months.
Friday 25th April 2014
International Pyromusical Competition
1 21:00 steyrFire - Austria
2 21:30 Brezac artifices - France
3 22:00 Pyrotex Fireworx - United Kingdom
4 22:30 St. Joseph Fireworks Factory Ħaż-Żebbuġ - Malta
Saturday 26th April 2014
National Fireworks Competition
1 21:00 St. George’s Fireworks Factory Qormi - Malta
2 21:20 Banda Sant’Andrija Fireworks Factory Luqa - Malta
3 21:40 Santa Marija Fireworks Factory Mgarr - Malta
4 22:00 Banda l-Unjoni St. Andrew’s Fireworks Factory Luqa - Malta
22:30 Lieto Fireworks (closing display by 2013 winner), Italy
23:00 Winners’ Presentation Ceremony
Wednesday 30th April 2014
Valletta Grand Harbour
23:40 Closing pyromusical show celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Malta’s accession to the European Union
Thanks to Visit Malta for this programme. Further information and contacts http://www.maltafireworksfestival.com/
Spring is like a perhaps hand by E. E. Cummings
Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere)arranging
a window,into which people look(while
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)and
changing everything carefully
spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
and from moving New and
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there)and
without breaking anything.
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Guests are hosted on half-board – meaning breakfast and dinner are provided – with the latter most likely to be a typical Mediterranean-style meal with Italian influence. Families regularly host up to four English learners during peak times and provide shared facilities.Laundry facilities are available upon request. Executive homestay /host families are available on request.
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BLUE-BUTTERFLY DAY by Robert Frost
It is blue-butterfly day here in spring,
And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry
There is more unmixed color on the wing
Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry.
But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
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SUMMER STARS by Carl Sandburg
Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
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