Australia’s only international fireworks competition, SeaFire, is set to reignite the Gold Coast next weekend, and you’re going to want to be on the sidelines to watch it.
From Friday May 31 to Saturday June 1, watch the Gold Coast’s skyline light up with impressive pyrotechnic performances by some of the best international firework teams.
The Gold Coast has increasingly become a hotspot for cultural events – from Bleach Festival, to Sand Safari Arts Festival, to the SWELL Sculpture Festival. Our once quiet, humble beach town is now bursting at the seams with colour, so what better place to host an international fireworks competition?
Proudly presented by Surfers Paradise Alliance (SPA) together with presenting partner Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific, the sky spectacular is expected to attract over 130,000 visitors to the iconic sands of Surfers Paradise beach
Illuminating the Surfers Paradise night sky with a sea of neon explosions, Seafire brings together five of the world’s top pyrotechnic teams to compete for the winning title.
Teams from the Philippines, Australia, the USA, South Korea, and New Zealand will showcase their skills and expertise at this year’s event, ensuring a spectacular show for onlookers.
Once the sun has set on Friday, Rozzi Famous Fireworks from the USA, Faseecom Fireworks from South Korea, and Van Tiel Pyrotechnics from New Zealand will have 10 minutes each to fill the night sky with incandescent artworks showcasing their skill and expertise with explosions of colour carefully choreographed to musical soundtracks.
As one of the first companies in the world to combine music with their fireworks displays, Rozzi Famous Fireworks designer Mike Lutz says his team will utilise their experience and emphasis on innovation to deliver a timeless display at SeaFire.
“In every performance that we create our aim is to effortlessly capture the irresistible magic of fireworks,” says Mike. “From the surprise of the sudden sparks to the suspense between flashes and the final bang of radiant colour, light, and noise, our display is sure to remind the audience of the mesmerising effects of a brilliant fireworks display.”
Faseecom Fireworks designer Lee Yonghae says the South Korean entrants will bring a wealth of experience to the competition having displayed their expertise at festivals and events around the world including the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Seoul International Fireworks Festival, Busan Fireworks Festival, Pohang International Fireworks Festival, and more.
“Our pyrotechnic displays aim to exceed the realms of our viewer’s imagination with an unimaginable level of creativity matched with a vast array of experience delivering exceptional displays,” says Lee. “Our display at SeaFire will combine all of the unique elements which make our displays renowned the world over.”
The USA, South Korea and New Zealand will be welcomed into the Challenge Final on Friday May 31 with the playing of each of their national anthems. The winner of the three will face-off against reigning champs, Team Philippines, on Saturday, with an additional firework display by the Australian team adding to the jam-packed SeaFire programme.
“Utilising our many years’ experience in pyro-musicals my team’s tactic is to appeal to the judges’ hearts and minds with an emotive demonstration of the power of pyrotechnics and the art form’s ability to unite an audience,” says Errol Lucero of the Philippines’ Platinum Fireworks Inc. “This year’s event marks our third year of competition at SeaFire and we return with a little more knowledge and experience to put on what is set to be an amazing show.”
Visitors at this year’s event will have the opportunity to view five world-class fireworks displays totaling 60 minutes of fireworks over the two nights plus a host of pre-show entertainment including an aerobatic and skydive display, followed by a skydive show where daring stuntmen decked out in the loudest and brightest fireworks will fall from the sky to the crowds below.
There will also be lightning-fast pyromania stuntmen jet ski riders performing aqua tricks, cutting through the ocean’s technicolored whitewash leaving a trail of incandescent light in their wake.
Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw says SeaFire is sure to bring an influx of patriotic skywatchers into the Surfers Paradise precinct for a weekend of free, family-friendly entertainment.
“Surfers Paradise is incredibly proud to host Australia’s only international pyrotechnic competition and it is an honour to have the world’s best fireworks designers here in our city putting on a spectacular show for our visitors to enjoy,” says Mike. “We invite families and friends into the precinct early to enjoy the electric atmosphere, pre-show entertainment and Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets before the main event gets underway.”
With twelve tonnes of fireworks, eight jet skis and sixteen skydivers across two massive nights, SeaFire is set to be another jaw-dropping display. Don’t miss out on seeing the Gold Coast light up – literally – and catch the SeaFire show from Surfers Paradise from Friday May 31.