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2010 Celebration of Light Fireworks in Vancouver

July 8th, 2010 @ 10:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
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  • The Celebration of Light fireworks return to Vancouver this summer as English Bay will be lit up for four explosive nights.

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    Photo credit: rbostyle on Flickr

    July 21 USA (evening sponsored by The Keg)
    The award-winning team from the USA will try its hand dazzling the crowd on opening night.

    About their show: “…a tribute to the Big Band era and promises to be high energy, with a lot of hoppin’ swingin’ fun.”

    July 24 SPAIN (evening sponsored by London Drugs)
    Fresh off a World Cup run Spain will take to the beaches to launch an impressive performance.

    About their show: “…an exercise of imagination and force, the audience will enjoy with the recreation of the fight between the light and the darkness.”

    July 28 MEXICO (evening sponsored by HSBC)
    Mexico has been a part of the Celebration of Light for several years and they always have a strong showing with vibrant colours and accompanying music (if you have a radio near by).

    About their show: “…A wide variety of rythms were selected for this Journey, we play with Rock “en español”, pop, Mexican contemporary, and blends of popular (Banda) music with electronic elements.”

    July 31 CHINA (evening sponsored by Concord Pacific)
    Often a winner of the Celebration of Light competition, China’s performance usually blows away hundreds of thousands of spectators who look on in awe.

    About their show: Coming from a wonderful Chinese history tale, the public will travel through a world full of sound and visual and they will enjoy exotic choregraphies of fireworks which will take on a whole new dimension.

    I ran a poll last year asking if people would miss the fireworks if they were gone/canceled for the summer and over 60% said yes (the rest said “good riddance” or left other comments). Regardless, they’re back again for their 20th year in 2010.

    You can watch the fireworks from front and centre in English Bay, across the way in Kitsilano, or on the water (from a safe distance) by boat cruise or kayak. Shore 104.3FM will also be presenting the ShoreFest concert series on the beach before the fireworks begin.

    Follow the Celebration of Light on Twitter for updates and information.

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    3 comments

    1. Allison says:

      I haven’t seen the fireworks in years. It’s too much of a hassle with a disability. I enter those boathouse contests and stuff but no luck.
      I just need to make friends with someone who lives down there…like around denman area :)

    2. Beth says:

      No Canadian fireworks display?

    3. Tyler says:

      I don’t think the fireworks will ever be canceled. Someone _always_ steps up to the plate to help sponsor. I think its a marketing thing anyway when they say we wont have it each year.

      I do like how we can watch them from our balcony though. Last year when we went down to watch with the crowds a fight broke out in front of us and people kept shoving robyn and me towards the scrappers. 30 seconds later VPD dove in, tackled the two kids fighting and hand cuffed them. guess that’s happens when you put over 300,000 thousand people together in a small space where lots are drinking and high on drugs etc.

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