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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.
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 hoppinâ€™ swinginâ€™ 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 â€œen espaÃ±olâ€, 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.
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