Dynamic Displays for Cultural Events.
Adventures in providing Fireworks for cultural events
Fireworks displays are loud,and very high up in the night sky. They sometimes attract large numbers of people that require traffic and crowd control.There are many effects , and if you were a pyrotechnician, you could give a name for each effect. In layman terms, there are starbursts,sparkles that come down in long and golden lines-how many metres long would these be? And there are heart shapes, colour changing effects. Sometimes there are barely seen flashes accompanied by a very loud Bang- but there do exist fireworks that are best fired during the day. These have parachutes that pump out coloured smoke.
Some terms used by Pyrotechnicians are sometimes descriptive, but sometimes they may not..
Red Strobe , Sunflower, Palm or Palm Tree, Willow, Comets, crackle bursts are self explanatory. The Crossette effect may not. It is a comet that bursts into equal parts at the height of its climb. A Brocade effect is another, and is where the stars are slow burning. All Crossettes and willows and comets can also be described as Brocade effects too. It is possible to learn about all the various effects that are being used, with awareness it will go further than feeling as if you are surrounded by base sensations. Commentators could become quite enlightening in their descriptions of what is happening. This will become important if more displays become prevalent.
Cultural events that incorporate fireworks are the Indian Diwali festival. This usually happens around the English origin Guy Fawkes festival. around January or February is the start of the Chinese New Year. The end of the month of festivities sees the Lantern Festival. This is finished off with a fireworks display. In USA is the American Independence day festival. Of these, the July 4th Festival is the least celebrated in New Zealand. Many other cultural groups now live in New Zealand, and their festivals are even less well known. One festival that could be celebrated is an indigenous Maori Matariki New Year festival. I love going to many of these Firework displays that are related to festivals.
The fact that fireworks need to be powerful to get up so high means that they are strictly controlled. You need to get multiple permits, and usually, you need multiple permissions.Where you store fireworks, how you store them, whom you get to aid you to handle them are all considerations to organize.Where you set off the fireworks needs to be cordoned off, or, if on a barge in the water, you need to talk to the appropriate marine authorities. But as the activity goes very high, then the aviation authorities need to be alerted as well. For this reason, many smaller cultural groups cannot afford a fireworks finale event.
Letters to the editor of local newspapers feel that it is just fireworks going up in smoke. The creation of the display needs creative awareness. It is a form of art. As regards paintings at galleries, the cost of the paint brush and of the canvas is not usually taken into account when the artwork is offered for sale. So in a similar vein, a fireworks display is an art display. It is often that displays attract many unpaid helpers There may be expenses over the costs of setting up the display. Any excuse to light them may be a motivation. However, whilst there may be some smoke, there also can be art. It is a pity that there can be resentment at seein fireworks used for displays. If only people knew what went into holding them.