Celebration of Light

Celebration of Light

April 11, 2011 13:30 ET

Celebration of Light Announces Country Line Up

Past Champions Poised to Light Up the Sky

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 11, 2011) - Vancouver's skies will shimmer once again for the 21st annual Celebration of Light igniting English Bay, July 30th, August 3rd and August 6th. This year's event will launch a new format, with the 3 previous winning countries returning to compete in a "Battle of the Champions".

China, the winner in 2008 will kick off the festival Saturday, July 30th with their show, 24 Seasons of the Solar Year. The show will take this year's seasonal calendar as its inspiration to provide a trip through the Year of the Rabbit. Next up on August 3rd will be Spain who won the competition last year, bringing their "Odyssey" fireworks spectacular to Vancouver in a bid to keep their title. Canada will round off the competition and treat pyrotechnic fans to a journey through "Then and Now". The winning country will be announced Monday, August 8th.

The 2011 Celebration of Light will be presented by Shore 104.3FM. Major Festival Sponsors include The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, and Concord Pacific Developments. Corporate partners include Tourism Vancouver, and Vancouver Airport Authority. Media partners for the event are The Vancouver Sun, Global TV and the SHORE 104.3 FM. The City of Vancouver also continues its significant support of this long standing civic event.

Working closely with the City of Vancouver, The Celebration of Light is expanding its green footprint by providing 3 bike valet locations and asking fans to embark on a zero waste initiative when they attend the fireworks. Numerous additional recycling and garbage bins will be provided throughout the festival site and will be staffed by volunteers with an aim to reduce waste on the beach and in neighbouring areas.

"The Celebration of Light is one of our most popular events in Vancouver, and is a great boost for local businesses and our economy," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "The City is proud to support the Celebration of Light, and it's great to see an increased emphasis on waste reduction and green transportation for this year's festivities."

The Board of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society welcomes several new members this year -- Senator Larry Campbell, Mike McDaniel, President and CEO of the PNE and the Hon. John D. Reynolds, who will be taking over the position of Chairman of the Board for the Society from Brent MacGregor, who has held this position for the past 4 years.

"I am thrilled to be appointed as the Chairman of the Board of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, and to support this truly spectacular event in its growth and development in the coming years," said Mr. Reynolds.

2011 will also mark a number of added elements including the return of reserved bleacher seats in English Bay, with ticket sales launching this week through Tickets Tonight and all proceeds going to support the running of the event. Organizers also plan to include entertainment around the beaches in English Bay and Kitsilano for the pre-firework crowds, as well as a feature "Make Memories, Share Memories" contest launched through social media. With this campaign, the public are invited to submit their personal photographs and stories from the past 20 years of the event, to build on the legacy of this event in Vancouver's 125th year. Entry to this competition is exclusively through the Celebration of Light Facebook page. www.facebook.com/CelebrationOfLight

"This event has been a part of Vancouver's history for over 20 years, and with the support of the community and our sponsors I look forward to its continued success." said the Honourable Senator Larry Campbell.

The 2011 Celebration of Light competition will begin promptly each night at 10:00pm over English Bay, rain or shine. Music simulcast can be heard on the SHORE 104.3 FM.

Please visit www.vancouverfireworks.ca for up to date site maps for all these initiatives.

July 30China; produced by Red Eagle Manufacturing
August 3Spain; produced by Pirotecnica Igual
August 6Canada; produced by Fireworks Spectaculars

About the Celebration of Light

The Celebration of Light is the largest annual offshore fireworks competition in the world and will attract up to 300,000 spectators along English Bay each evening. Owned and produced by the volunteer not for profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, 2011 represents the 21st consecutive year of the event, which contributes in excess of $37 million in incremental tourism and hospitality spending each year. The pyrotechnic competition is produced by Sirius Pyrotechnics, with the Celebration of Light produced by Vancouver based brand.LIVE.

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