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    fireworks International compitation

    by apondigorot Written Feb 24, 2013
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    Hollow my friends around the world, the CELEBRATION OF LIGHT International firework compitation showing artistic light exhibition usually scheduled every last week of july and first week of August every year At English Bay first beach Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.
    All show usually start at 10pm, expecting morethan100 thousand viewer at all direction of kitsilano beach where you can see only the firework, English bay where you can watch closer and can heard the accompanied music but its recomended to position your self around 5pm or 6pm. because at 7pm, its very gitting crowded . buy moresnack and softdrink bu dont bring alcoholic drinks. is you do so, besure to hide your drink from police patrol. while waiting , and Burrard bridge for photograpers.

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    Fireworks festival!

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 5, 2008

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    Three countries are invited to Vancouver to compete from a long sand-covered barge moored in English Bay and each nation has its night to show their fire. I was so lucky to visit Vancouver on the last night (the finally) when the three countries display in succession and international judges choose the winner. This festival is held during late July and early August and they were spectacular! So sad I didn't have a digital camera back then... I'd have taken great pictures.
    Anyway if you visit Van during those months, don't miss it!!!!

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    Fireworks

    by penumbra Written Feb 13, 2007

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    If you’re lucky or skillful enough to time your Vancouver at the end of July / beginning of August, take time to check out the fireworks festival, The Celebration of Light. Held in English Bay on Wednesday and Saturday nights, you’ll feel the makings of a unique competition. Hours before the show begins, police close off roads and reroute traffic in the west end of downtown. People start walking in with their chairs and coolers to claim prime locations near the water’s edge. From a trickle, the number of people increases to a stream but never becomes unruly or ill-mannered. It’s a free show after all, with plenty of kids and kids at heart. The last stragglers arrive just before the first shell goes up. And then the show is on for real, with the fireworks dancing to the broadcast music. All too quickly the final explosion occurs and it’s time to head back with the crowds and wait your turn to get out of downtown. For those that have arranged a hotel in the west end, you’ll find that you’ll be able to get to sleep well before most of the others even reach home.

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    The Celebration of Light

    by Carmanah Updated Mar 21, 2006

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    People watching China's fireworks in August 2005

    If you're looking for some free entertainment and a great excuse to sit on a beach for hours to watch an exhillarating fireworks display, you likely won't be disappointed with the Celebration of Light.

    The HSBC Celebration of Light is one of Vancouver's largest summer events that happens on Wednesday and Saturday during the last week of July and the first week of August. Some people might still remember it, or call it the Benson & Hedges "Symphony of Fire", however, they had to change the name because tobacco company sponsorship was considered morally wrong for such a family event.

    The firework displays are about 45 minutes in length and are synched to music that plays from the speakers on the beach. The fireworks are set up on a large barge off of English Bay. Thousands of people gather along English Bay beach, although many also view the fireworks from Kits Beach, as it's visible from the southern shores.

    There are three countries that compete against eachother - they often change every year. Some of the previous countries that I've seen are China, USA, Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Germany, and Sweden.

    Note that the crowds often start gathering on the beach in the afternoon. You wouldn't want to grab a spot on the beach any later than 8pm. Do *not* drive to the event as the roads are closed and the traffic afterwards does not start moving for over an hour. While some people get drunk and rowdy during these events, this is the minority. For the most part, this is a safe, family-oriented event and the biggest public event in Vancouver.

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    Fireworks!

    by bluehypernova Written Jul 29, 2005
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    Four nights of fireworks and they can be seen from many places all over the city. It's a good idea to make friends with someone in a highrise Westend/Downtown condo though, for best viewing. Plan on packed beaches and heavy traffic afterwards.

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    A night of music and colours

    by KatyaB Written Feb 7, 2005

    I absolutely love the Celebration of Light. Because it is four nights of free entertainment on a nice beach overlooking the beautiful ocean.

    I tend to watch from English Bay because the fireworks barge is centred to there and because the giant speakers behind can make the experience close to being unreal.
    The downside, however, to being at English Bay is how crowded it gets because it is the most attended but getting there earlier in the day can guarantee a spot and gorgeous, hot sun to baske in in the day time.

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    Incendiary Excitement

    by Jyrki Written Aug 7, 2003

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    China (the champ) in action

    The Celebration of Light (formerly known as the Symphony of Fire) is a must see if you're in vancouver in late July or early August. The event showcases the explosive talents of 3 countries (Canada and two other invitees) as they battle for the title of Masters of Fire and Synchronisity (The fireworks are set to classical music). There is also a grand finale featuring fireworks from all 3 participating countries. The festival runs for 2 weeks (Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10pm) and typically draws thousands of people (an estimated 500,000 people pack the beaches of English bay and Kitsilano). This year celebration runs July 30th-August 9th. Don't plan on parking anywhere near the event as the West End is closed, get there nice and ear;y for a good spot (about 2-3 hours for prime real estate).

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    If you love fireworks, don't...

    by yeah_baby Written Sep 12, 2002

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    If you love fireworks, don't miss the Celebration of Light, a Vancouver yearly international-event.
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    One of the brightest highlights of summer in Vancouver is the annual free international fireworks competition held on English Bay. Formerly known as the Festival of Fire, it is now called Celebration of Light.

    From late July to early August, the Vancouver night sky will be flashing and banging for all to see. Three countries will compete for top pyrotechnic honours with dazzling displays of fire.

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    The Celebration of Light...

    by unigirl Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    The Celebration of Light fireworks display.
    Beautiful firworks done in front of a stunning backdrop! It is at this event that pyrotechnic teams from around the world come to compete for the title of world's best. The objective is to create a 25 minute fireworks display synchronised to music. We've seen some spectacular shows over the past few years!

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    Benson and Hedge's Symphony of...

    by Kindra Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Benson and Hedge's Symphony of Fire
    International Fireworks Competition and Display for about a week at the end of July, beginning of August. Unfortunately, I have heard that this competition will no longer take place, at least not in Vancouver, because the city does not want a tobacco manufacturing sponsoring such an event. I feel this is ridiuclous as Vancouver lacks a lot of major international events to attract tourists and entertain residents that other Canadian cities like Quebec, Montreal and Toronto do have.

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    If you happen to be in town...

    by anna123 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If you happen to be in town late July or early August, don't forget to see the Symphony of Fire fireworks competition where different countries compete for the best fireworks. It's in English Bay and the crowds plentiful but definitely a must-see! The picture here is that of English Bay and on fireworks night, this place can pack in more than 100,000 people! This summer, it was estimated that 350,000 people packed English Bay beach, Sunset Beach, Kits beach and surrounding areas to see the fireworks!

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