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CELEBRATION OF LIGHT VANCOUVER

HISTORY

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The Honda Celebration of Light (formerly known as Benson & Hedges Symphony of Fire) is an annual musical fireworks competition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The first “Symphony of Fire” was held from July 25 to August 5, 1990. The celebration is one of Vancouver’s largest and most well-known festivals, and is recognized as the longest running off-shore fireworks competitions in the world. The multiple-day event has an estimated annual attendance of 1.4 million people.

The event had been previously sponsored by British American Tobacco (with the branding Benson & Hedges Symphony of Fire), but once tobacco advertising restrictions were legislated by the Canadian federal government in 2000, there were fears that the event would fail to receive sufficient funding to continue operations.

The Vancouver event, with various sponsors, has been re-branded as the Celebration of Light.

British American Tobacco informed Ontario Place Corporation, the hosts of the Toronto exhibition, that they could continue holding the annual event, but under a different name, as the Symphony of Fire trademark vested with Benson and Hedges. The Toronto event has since been renamed the Canada Dry Festival of Fire.

In South Africa, the event is still marketed under the name Symphony of Fire and is sponsored by a local radio station.

The Cape Town events took place in 2000 and March 2006. Spain, Canada and South Africa took part in the 2006 event with South Africa winning on the 8 April.

SYMPHONY OF FIRE

The Symphony of Fire is an annual multi-day fireworks exhibition and friendly international competition held around the world. The fireworks are choreographed to music. They continue to be presented at Victoria & Alfred waterfront in Cape Town.

It was presented at English Bay in Vancouver, British Columbia, and at the Lake Ontario waterfront of the Ontario Place theme park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada until 2000, when these presentations were forced to seek new sponsors and, thus, the exhibition changed names.

 

 

 

 

AIMS:

·        TO CELEBRATE LIGHT

·        TO CELEBRATE MUSIC

·        TO CELEBRATE FOOD

 

 

creating a festival to match the fireworks

Originally named the “Symphony of Fire”, the Honda Celebration of Light has come a long way in 27 years. Recognized as the longest running off-shore fireworks festival in the world, they have hosted a healthy number of countries in a friendly competition of breath taking firework display.

HEART OF THE EVENT

The event’s core purpose is to spark togetherness as they welcome almost 1.5 million people every year to enjoy and show their love for food, to meet the music beat and to of course have a sparky time by celebrating and participating in the firework display. This year marks a special change in programming as each fireworks team will design their performance to incorporate 1 of 3 Canadian songs voted in by our followers on social media. The three songs will commemorate classic Canadian music content including the Tragically Hip, Bryan Adams, and Leonard Cohen.

THE VANCOUVERFIREWORKS FESTIVAL SOCIETY

It is the not-for-profit society that oversees the Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival, the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world. Established in 2001 and run by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, the primary aim of the Society is to bring the community together for a free family fun event and to ensure the long lasting sustainability of the event in Vancouver.

board of the society

1.     Co-Chair Paul Tilbury

2.     Co-Chair Heather Owen

3.     Peter Jackman

4.     Michael McDaniel

5.     Ryan Black

6.     Michael McKnight

7.     Matthew Cross

8.     Yuri Fulmer

9.     Rick Cluff

10.                        City Liaison:  Wendy Au

11.                        Park Board Liaison:  Malcolm Bromley

Partners

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

Media Partners

 

2017 PROGRAM

The 2017 Honda Celebration of Light will take place July 29, August 2, and August 5, featuring competitors from Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada.2 The competitor for Japan, Akariya, previously won the 2014 Honda Celebration of Light. Widely regarded as the premiere pyrotechnic company in the UK, the multi-award winning Jubilee Fireworks Ltd became the holders of the first “Champions of Champions” title after winning both national competitions: The British Fireworks Championships and The British Musical Fireworks Championships. Royal Pyrotechnie, recognized as the most decorated fireworks firm in Canada, is the only group to win three Gold Jupiter awards during the annual L’International des FeuxLoto-Québec competition.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, each of the competitors will be required to include one iconic Canadian song into their display, extending the traditional length of the shows (25 minutes) for an additional 3 minutes (for a total of 28 minutes)3. The songs were voted by the public on Honda’s Celebration of Light Facebook page4; the three chosen were “Ahead by a Century” by The Tragically Hip, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, and “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams5. The winner of the competition was Japan.

Saturday, July 29

Country:

 Japan

Team:

Akariya Fireworks

Theme:

Land of the Rising Sun6

Canada 150 song selection:

“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen7

Wednesday, August 2

Country:

 United Kingdom

Team:

Jubilee Fireworks

Theme:

Kiss The Sky8

Canada 150 song selection:

“Ahead by a Century” by The Tragically Hip7

Website:

Jubilee Fireworks

Saturday, August 5

Country:

 Canada

Team:

Royal Pyrotechnie

Theme:

Legends of Fire9

Canada 150 song selection:

“Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams7

Website:

Royal Pyrotechnie

2016 PROGRAM

The 2016 Honda Celebration of Light took place on July 23, July 27, and July 30. The event featured the Netherlands, Australia, and the United States in competition. Notably, 2016 was be the first time that the Netherlands has competed in the event.10 The Walt Disney Company, the world’s largest consumer of fireworks,11 was the competitor for the United States, while Australia was represented by Howard & Sons, whose displays have included the opening and closing ceremonies for 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney12 and opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.13 Team USA won the competition.14 Vancouver Police had to shut down English Bay Beach for the Team USA show, due to capacity concerns.15

Saturday, July 23

Country:

 Netherlands

Team:

Royal Fireworks

Theme:

Journey in Time16

Website:

Royal Fireworks

Wednesday, July 27

Country:

 Australia

Team:

Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics

Theme:

Live and Loud17

Website:

Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics

Saturday, July 30

Country:

 United States

Team:

Walt Disney Company

Theme:

Disney Music Extravaganza1819

Website:

Walt Disney Company

2015 PROGRAM

The 2015 Honda Celebration of Light was scheduled for July 25, July 29, and August 1. For the 25th anniversary of the event, three returning competitors from China, Brazil, and Canada participated. The 2015 competition winner was Canada.

Saturday, July 25

Country:

 China

Company:

Jiangxi Province Lidu Fireworks Corporation Ltd.

Team:

Team Lidu

Website:

www.lidufireworks.com

Wednesday, July 29

Country:

 Brazil

Team:

Group Vision Show

Saturday, August 1

Country:

 Canada

Team:

Archangel Fireworks

Website:

www.archangelfireworks.com

2014 PROGRAM

The 2014 Honda Celebration of Light was scheduled for July 26, July 30, and August 2, featuring performances by the United States, France, and Japan respectively. The competitors were newcomers to Vancouver, though their respective countries have previously participated before.20 The 2014 competition winner was Japan.21

Saturday, July 26

Country:

 United States

Team:

Pyrotecnico

Website:

www.pyrotecnico.com

Wednesday, July 30

Country:

 France

Team:

F.C. Pyro

Saturday, August 2

Country:

 Japan

Team:

Akariya Fireworks

Theme:

“The Art of Survival”22

2013 PROGRAM

The 2013 Honda Celebration of Light was scheduled for July 27, July 31, and August 3, with performances by the United Kingdom, Canada, and Thailand respectively. 2013 was the first year that Thailand participated in the event as part of the organizers’ ongoing efforts to introduce a new nation to the program each year. The 2013 competition winner was Canada.

Saturday, July 27

Country:

 United Kingdom

Team:

Pyro 2000

Theme:

“Licence to Thrill” (James Bond)23

Website:

www.pyro2000.co.uk

Wednesday, July 31

Country:

 Canada

Team:

Calgary-Based Fireworks Spectaculars

Theme:

“A Wonderful World/Into a Raging River”

Website:

www.fireworksspectaculars.com

Saturday, August 3

Country:

 Thailand

Team:

Thailand Fireworks

Theme:

Classical Thai music

Website:

thailandfirework.net

2012 PROGRAM

The 2012 Brazil show

The 2012 Honda Celebration of Light was saw teams from Vietnam and Brazil as newcomers, while the Italian team of PirotecnicaSoldi was more established.24 Canada did not participate for the first time in six years as producers of the event had been looking for new countries to compete from each continent for the next three years.25 The 2012 competition winner was Italy.

Saturday, July 28

Country:

 Vietnam

Team:

Team Da Nang

Wednesday, August 1

Country:

 Brazil

Team:

Group Vision Show

Saturday, August 4

Country:

 Italy

Team:

PirotecnicaSoldi

Website:

www.pirotecnicasoldi.it

2011 PROGRAM

The 2011 HSBC Celebration of Light presented a “Battle of Champions” by featuring three previous competition winners: China (represented by 2009 winner Red Eagle Industrial and Trade Co. Ltd), Spain (represented by 2010 winner PirotecniaIgual), and Canada (represented by 2007 and 2008 winner Archangel Fireworks Inc). The winner for the 2011 competition was China.

Saturday, July 30

Country:

 China

Team:

Red Eagle Manufacturing Industrial and Trade Co. Ltd

Theme:

China Storm

Wednesday, August 3

Country:

 Spain

Team:

PirotecniaIgual

Theme:

Odyssey

Website:

www.pirotecniaigual.com

Saturday, August 6

Country:

 Canada

Team:

Archangel Fireworks

Theme:

Then and Now

Website:

www.archangelfireworks.com

2010 PROGRAM

Fireworks by China on July 31, 2010.

The 2010 HSBC Celebration of Light winner was Spain (PirotecniaIgual).26

Wednesday, July 21

Country:

 United States

Company:

Rozzi Inc.

Theme:

In the Mood

Saturday, July 24

Country:

 Spain

Team:

PirotecniaIgual

Theme:

Heaven and Hell

Website:

www.pirotecniaigual.com

Wednesday, July 28

Country:

 Mexico

Team:

Lux Pirotecnia

Theme:

Journey

Website:

www.luxpirotecnia.com

Saturday, July 31

Country:

 Canada,  China

Team:

GroupeFiatlux-Ampleman

Theme:

Tribute to China/The Butterfly Lovers

 

 

Objectives

Following were the objectives of the Celebration of Light

·        Analyzing the complexities of Celebration of Light

·        Analyzing the size, nature and structure of Celebration of Light

·        Analyzing the service quality management of Celebration of Light

·        Analyzing the risk management of Celebration of Light

·        Analyzing the planning process of Celebration of Light

·        Analyzing the operations management with the help of theory of constraint and bottleneck theory of Winnipeg Folk Festival, 2015

 

Complexities of Celebration of Light Vancouver

The given are different complexities which can be present at the Celebration of Light Vancouver causing operational issues.

Safety Arrangements

One of the main concerns at the festival is safety of people for which volunteers have been assigned specifically, from whom information regarding any matter can be taken. Personal conflicts can lead to some bad behavior or unhealthy choices. Therefore, volunteers can be contacted to get solution of the expected issue. Managing such matters, even after designating the staff at the Celebration of Light Vancouver can be complex,  turns into some serious outcome.

Leaving Time & Crowd

It is one of the difficult thing to handle the crowd or make it move faster when the Celebration of Light Vancouver attendees are leaving., as expectedly there are around 1.3 million , which have arrived. The management does not provide surety about the matter that, how long it will take the people to move out from the venue area as all have to move with the pace with different speeds, thus, the management assures the people to guide through a way, but it can take an hour to move out easily. Therefore, it can be a complex matter for the team  to handle.

 Nature and Structure of the Celebration of Light Vancouver

Nature of Event

Celebration of Light Vancouver Recognized as the longest running off-shore fireworks festival in the world, we have hosted dozens of countries to compete each year in a spectacular fireworks display.

Mission

Leading event production and creative agency, based in Vancouver, Canada delivering award-winning work for a diverse portfolio of local, national, and international clients. They know the best solutions often come from the most unlikely places, so they bring together a diverse team and an extensive list of in-house services, with a curatorial approach to each event they produce.

Committees Involved

The Celebration of Light Vancouver has been organized with the support of different directors and staff members. There were, executives and directors. Whereas, there were different staff members with different designations.

Target Audience

The Celebration of Light Vancouver has been expanded to international audiencesas, it has seen growth and development. The festival management believes in diversity and equality, which ensures respect and participation of all. Thus, the festival audience will be people from everywhere as, it does not belong to any boundary. Event’s core purpose is to spark togetherness, as we welcome over 1.3 million regional and international visitors every summer to sample local food, experience live music performances, and finally soak in the wonder of the fireworks. This year marks a special change in programming as each fireworks team will design their performance to incorporate 1 of 3 Canadian songs voted in by our followers on social media. The three songs will commemorate classic Canadian music content including the Tragically Hip, Bryan Adams, and Leonard Cohen.

Service Quality Management in Case of Celebration of Light Vancouver

Tangibility

The tangibles of the festival included, tickets, passes, and many other things. The festival was not possible without the possible support of these things and the management have arranged monetary support to make it possible.

 

Responsiveness

The responsiveness of the festival was higher. It can be seen as the volunteers have been present at the festival to provide greater support. The work of the volunteers have been appreacietd by the management as well. Things and roles were well defined. The festival management have arranged volunteers for different tasks, a complete support has been created for security and safety arrangements as well as in the form of complain of lost items being registered. Further, the management have arranged, health services and inquiry ways for the people to get to know about their queries. This, shows that the responsiveness of the festival was higher too.

Reliability

The reliability of the festival is greater too. The number of attendees have increased and international recognition has been given to it. The festival was supported by grants and sponsors. The support has been greater in the form of attendees too. Thus, the reliability of the festival was high.

 

 

Risk Management of Celebration of Light Vancouver

Risk management is about identifying the risks and handling them, which can belongs to any part of the organization.  There have been different kind of risks expected during the festival which are identified below,

Internal Risks

Internal risks for the festival in 2015 can be operational failures, technical problems and absence of any artist.

External Risks

There can be different kind of external risks expected like fight, and health issues etc. Jul 25, 2014 – Vancouver police are worried camera-mounted drones flying between firework blasts at the Celebration of Light this weekend could put onlookers’ safety at risk. Video from just such a stunt went viral earlier this month, and has already been viewed more than 9.5 million times on YouTube.

Mitigation Strategies

The Celebration of Light Vancouver  management have involved a great and trained team of volunteers during the festival which were trained to handle the matters like, lost things, health related matters, dealing with fight related matters and many others. The internal issues can also be handled by the support of team and by helping people to understand the present issue in a better way communicated.

 

Planning Process of the Celebration of Light Vancouver 

In order to organize a successful festival a lot of things are needed to be taken into consideration. There have been different things which were important to organize the Celebration of Light Vancouver, some of the basic steps of the planning of the festival are discussed below.

Idea

Originally named the “Symphony of Fire”, the Honda Celebration of Light has come a long way in 27 years. Provide display, consulting, production and design services to major events and corporations worldwide. They produce and compete globally at major fireworks festivals and are constantly improving their skills and designing new effects for the fireworks industry.

Aim

Is the not-for-profit society that oversees the Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival, the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world. Established in 2001 and run by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, the primary aim of the Society is to bring the community together for a free family fun event and to ensure the long lasting sustainability of the event in Vancouver.

 Requirements

There were different requirements for the festival to be conducted, which included operations related, financial support related including grants etc years, food vendors, sponsors and man power support years. All of these basic requirements have helped the festival to execute successfully.

 

Location

The festival has been conducted in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Budget

 

The festival’s annual budget is approximately $2 million. Its biggest costs are fireworks, transportation and hotel expenses for the competing teams.

About 85% of the festival’s budget comes from sponsorship and in-kind donations, said festival co-chairman Paul Tilbury, who has been involved with the event since 2000.

The rest of the budget comes primarily from ticket sales for three viewing areas and beer sales at an non-ticketed, 750-seat Sunset Beach beer garden.

Prices have risen for the two smallest paid-viewing areas. Tickets for the 450-person Keg Lounge atop the Stanley Park bathhouse are $179 this year, up from $169 last year; a 350-person area near the Inukshuk will cost $169 this year, up from $139 last year.

The largest paid viewing area remains the YVR Observation Deck at English Bay, where bleachers can accommodate 1,200 people. Tickets are $49 apiece, which is the same as last year.

(Image: The Honda Celebration of LIght was known as the Symphony of Fire when the first Vancouver fireworks competition was held in 1990 from a barge at English Bay | Brandlive)

Tilbury estimated that 1.2 million people will watch the fireworks over the festival’s three nights. That would be up slightly from the 1.1 million the VFFS estimated watched the three shows last year.

The City of Vancouver is likely the event’s largest sponsor given that it covers the cost of policing, portable toilets and beach cleanup. In past years, those costs were estimated to be more than $350,000.

Tilbury would not say exactly how much Honda is contributing but he said it was more than six figures. It’s the second year of Honda’s three-year title sponsorship.

“It’s significant support from Honda and, proportionally, it is about double the support of second-tier sponsors such as Concord Pacific,” he said.

The VFFS subcontracts the organization of the festival to BrandLive, which then hires people such as Guille to manage specific areas.

West End businesses thrive on fireworks nights, and some are having special ticketed fireworks parties. 

The Boathouse Restaurant on Beach Avenue has a roof patio that, for the past few years, has been open to customers on a first-come, first-served basis. This year 2016, however, the restaurant is hosting patio parties on fireworks nights.

General manager Darrick Wan told BIV that his restaurant is selling 90 tickets per night for rooftop viewing and hors d’oeuvres at $149 apiece.

 

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