Lisbon receives World Firework Festival

THE NIGHTSKY at Lisbon’s Belém riverfront will be a blaze of light and colour over the next three Saturdays of September – that’s because the city’s ancient Torre de Belém is providing the backdrop to the annual World Firework Festival.

Organised by Luso Pirotécnica and Lisbon Câmara, in conjunction with the Lisbon Tourism Association, the first of these fabulous pyrotechnical displays got underway last Saturday. Spanish team Pirotecnia Igual, which was responsible for the spectacular fireworks at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, New Year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 1993 Singapore Festival, is one of the participants.

This Saturday (September 10) will be the turn of the French pyrotechnic giants, Fêtes et Feux, to show its true colours, while September 17 sees the turn of the Japanese group, Marutamaya Co., Ltd.

The precinct will be open to the public each Saturday at 11pm and each show is planned to last between 18 to 22 minutes. After the grand finale on September 24, organisers will award prizes for the best displays.

According to Lisbon firefighters, all adequate safety measures are being taken so that the public at large enjoys the events in safety.