Japan’s Team Akariya was named the winner of the Honda Celebration of Light, the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world, which takes place annually in Vancouver.
The Honda Celebration of Light brought teams from France, The United States and Japan to the Canadian West Coast, where at English Bay and Vanier Park the team’s tried to shine the brightest and impress the crowd plus the competition’s judges.
Event producer, Heather Sharpe said that she was pleased with how the event has come to life since it began in 1990 into an event that draws between 300,000-400,000 attendees annually.
“Obviously the fireworks are a huge draw, having a show that’s free, supported by the city of Vancouver. It’s still amazing to see how they [fireworks] bring people together and that’s what community is all about,” Sharpe said.
The team’s each had their own night to showcase their fireworks show, which started at 10 p.m. and lasted about 25 minutes each.
The event was won by Japan’s Team Akariya, based on the judge’s decision, who factor in the firework’s presentation, structure, originality, quality of production, correlation of music and public voting.
Sharpe said that what gave Japan the edge was, “Certainly the creativity of the placement of their show, the timing of the music. Their use of fireworks in the water certainly stood out, along with the synchronization of the fireworks to the music.”
She added that one of the reasons the pyrotechnic teams come from across the globe to compete in the Vancouver competition is for the prestige that comes with holding the Honda Celebration of Light title.
“Definitely there are bragging rights to win this, so it’s definitely worth their while to participate.”