Honda Celebration of Light 2018 announces participating countries

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      Save the date for Vancouver’s biggest summertime crowd-pleaser.

      The Honda Celebration of Light has revealed its line-up of participating countries for this year’s firework spectacle, which includes South Africa (July 28), Sweden (August 1), and South Korea (August 4).

      Each competing team will be represented by a fireworks production company from its own country—Fireworks for Africa will be rep South Africa, Unique Pyrotechnic for Sweden, and Daehan Fireworks Co. will put on the display for South Korea.

      In its 28th year, the highly anticipated event at English Bay has introduced a new requirement for participating countries: each team will have to incorporate the same theme intro their fireworks display and musical accompaniment; the public has voted “love” for the inaugural theme.

      “The Honda Celebration of Light truly lights up Vancouver by bringing people together with those they love to enjoy a festival of music, food, and culture throughout the day leading up to the breathtaking fireworks each night,” said Paul Tilbury and Heather Owen, joint co-chairs of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, in a press statement. “The energy is electric throughout the three days.”

      Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the event.
      Honda Celebration of Light/Facebook

      The skies will light up at 10 p.m. each night, rain or shine. Accompanying music can be heard on LG 103.4 FM and through the festival’s mobile app. The winning team will be announced on August 7.

      The three-day event will feature a free family-friendly festival site at the Park Stage at Second Beach. Guests can check out food trucks, sponsor activities, live music, a site-wide liquor license, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for the Red Bull Air Show before the fireworks performances.

      Ticketed seats and lounges for optimal views of the fireworks (and dedicated washroom facilities) can be purchased online beginning Friday, April 13. Featured viewing areas include the Keg Lounge, the Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk, and the YVR Observation Deck.

      "People from all over come to Vancouver every summer for this spectacular festival,” said Lisa Beare, Minister for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, in a press statement. "The Honda Celebration of Light generates economic activity for the local economy which supports our thriving tourism sector."

      The summertime festival is B.C.’s largest public event and the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, and attracts an average of 500,000 viewers to English Bay each night. Previous competitors include Akariya Fireworks for Japan (who won last year’s competition), and the Walt Disney Company for the United States.

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