A warm welcome to our first feature on the fireworks festival
that is quickly becoming the Mecca for firework enthusiasts
throughout Europe - Las Fallas. Sit back and enjoy some
of the most technically stunning firework artistry you'll
see, and soak up the ambience of Spain's most colourful
fiesta with daylight fireworks, parades, bands, costumes,
bonfires and huge surreal effigies.
Las Fallas is an orgy of fire and fireworks and takes
place in Valencia, Spain. Las Fallas means "The Flames"
in Valencian, which sets the scene for the focus of the
event. Huge hand crafted effigies called ninots - many
of which have taken a whole year to make - are burned
to celebrate the onset of spring.
The Spanish are renowned for their love
of fireworks and use them in epic proportions here. From
the thunderous daylight "Mascletas", through
to street parties and finally to the climactic night time
professional displays, Las Fallas makes Guy Fawkes look
like an amateur.
This feature is split into three main
sections: Ninots & Flames covers the daylight and
evening celebrations including the many varied ninots,
leading up to a huge bonfire with fireworks. Mascletas
focusses on the daily firework display involving mostly
firecrackers, maroons and very loud bangs (and lots of
smoke). Main Displays covers three of the finale displays
and you'll be gobsmacked at some of the stunning fireworks
You can access each section by selecting
the relevant option on the top left or right of each feature
page, or from the introduction screen.
This feature has been created from source
material taken by Paul Cook and the Vulcan
Fireworks UK crew. I would like to extend a very big
thanks to them for the opportunity to use their pictures
and video on our site so that it can be shared with other
Please enjoy this feature and the wonderful
images and video it contains. I'm sure like most readers,
by the end of it you'll want to go to Las Fallas yourself!
If so, check out our busy forum. In 2004 and 2005, UKFR
members arranged a trip through the forum and met up in
Valencia for some fantastic pyro fun with more planned
for 2006 and beyond.
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Firework Review. All rights reserved.