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31.07.2015 – 13:15

Hannover Marketing und Tourismus GmbH (HMTG)

Hannover welcomes visitors to the International Firework Competition Herrenhausen

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Hannover welcomes international visitors - whether it's to the Herrenhausen International Firework Competition or as a trade fair venue

In 2015, the International Firework Competition held in Hannover's Herrenhausen district celebrates its 25th anniversary. At the oldest such event in Germany, the most highly acclaimed pyrotechnics teams compete for this highly coveted prize every summer against the magnificent backdrop of the baroque Herrenhausen Gardens. Before these artistically choreographed displays start, a supporting programme transports visitors away to each of the participating countries. Further information is available at

The world-famous competition celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015 with top teams from all over the globe. Pyrotechnic experts demonstrate their skills and create amazing sights and sounds against the beautiful backdrop of Herrenhausen Gardens in Hannover, Germany. And, as an international trade fair venue, Lower Saxony's capital also welcomes visitors from throughout the world on many other occasions, too - including CeBIT, HANNOVER MESSE, Domotex and many other major global exhibitions. In 2016, the USA will be the partner country for the HANNOVER MESSE for the first time.

Once upon a time - well, in 1991 - the International Firework Competition in Hannover celebrated its premiere. The competition, which has been running for 25 years, is the first and one of the most popular competitions of its kind in Germany. On five summer evenings, the world's best pyrotechnicians compete against each other in the Great Garden to win the title. And, before the countdown to ignition, visitors can experience a fantastic spectacle; live music, walking acts, cabaret and theatre, all themed to each participating country.

This year's participants

In addition to the four-time winners of the International Firework Competition from Sweden, HVG has selected top teams from Italy, Spain, Finland and the Philippines to compete this year: the 25th International Firework Competition kicked off on 16 May with a display by PyroEmotions, the Italian team. The team specialises in innovative fireworks, presented in dynamic and colourful choreographies of a high artistic standard. On 6 June, the International Firework Competition hosted high-calibre guests from Spain: the pyrotechnic company Ricardo Caballer SA delivers fireworks to five continents and countless theme parks, making it one of the country's largest fireworks export firms. The combination of tradition and new technologies has earned the pyrotechnicians numerous prizes and a distinguished international reputation.

After a summer break, the International Firework Competition will enter the next round with a genuine first: on 22 August, Finnish team Suomen Ilotulitus Oy will be taking part, the pioneering entry for their country. The company is based in Lohja but also has a branch in Liuyang Hunan, the capital city of the fireworks industry. With more than 60 years' experience, it has already set off 10,000 fireworks. On 5 September, the International Firework Competition will have an exotic touch, when the Philippine team Dragon Fireworks shows what it can do. Dragon Fireworks was the first state-approved producer of pyrotechnic products in the Philippines and is now one of the largest fireworks manufacturers in South-East Asia. Dragon Fireworks perform ground-breaking work with enormous skill, creativity and technical expertise, producing magnificent and highly distinctive displays. The 25th International Firework Competition will end on 19 September with a show by Göteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik. Martin Hildeberg, his team and the way in which he presents his fireworks are already familiar and much loved in Hannover: the Swedish artists have already won the International Firework Competition on four occasions (2002, 2003, 2004, and 2010).

The organiser of the competition is Hannover Veranstaltungs GmbH (HVG). In 2014, a total of more than 51,000 visitors attended the five rounds of the Firework Competition in Herrenhausen. Further information about the competition is available at:

A gorgeous backdrop to the competition: Herrenhausen Gardens - a baroque garden masterpiece

The Great Garden in Hannover is synonymous with garden culture and garden architecture at its finest. The famous polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Electress Sophie once walked through the garden discussing new and revolutionary ideas. Designed in the 17th century and with its palace now splendidly reconstructed, it is among the most beautiful and significant baroque gardens in Europe. With its magnificent water fountains, impressive sculptures and summertime floral diversity, the garden offers a perfect setting for events - and attracts many visitors from all over the world.

Hannover - with two n's and many other benefits!

For over 65 years now, Hannover - located in the heart of Germany and the centre of Europe - has also enjoyed a strong international reputation as a leading venue for trade fairs and conferences. Throughout the year, major global exhibitions such as CeBIT, EMO, Agritechnica and HANNOVER MESSE attract millions of visitors from all over the world. In 2016, the United States of America will be the partner country for the HANNOVER MESSE trade show. It will be the first time that the USA has been in the role of partner to the world's largest and most important industrial fair, which has been held in Lower Saxony's state capital since 1947. The city is now eager to find out whether US President Obama will be travelling to Hannover for the opening of the HANNOVER MESSE. In 2016, the event will be held from April 25 to 29.

However, Hannover's assets include even much more than the world's largest exhibition centre. Recently awarded the title UNESCO City of Music, it offers culture at the highest level, numerous shopping and nightlife options, as well as local and international culinary delights. Visitors can follow the 'Red Thread' for a self-guided walking tour exploring top sights including the magnificent Town Hall, the picturesque Old Town and the world-renowned 'Nanas', sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle. Historic buildings that bear witness to the time of the personal union between Hannover and Great Britain can be discovered on the route described in our Architectural City Guide. The two states were linked by a shared king for 123 years between 1714 and 1837. Germany's greenest metropolis also offers superb recreational opportunities with its city forest twice as large as New York's Central Park, its Adventure Zoo, Maschsee Lake and the famous baroque gardens of Herrenhausen. And the city's surrounding area provides visitors to the Hannover region with an abundance of beautiful countryside and many ways to spend memorable days: north-western Germany's largest lake, Steinhuder Meer, is perfect for sailing and cycling; the Deister, Hannover's backyard range of hills, gives walkers the itch to hike. And the history of the Guelphs can be experienced up close at Marienburg Castle.

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Julia Sellner
Hannover Marketing und Tourismus GmbH
Tel.: +49 511 123490-13

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