Chinese New Year

Berlin, 13 February 2010 – As the highlight of the three-day festivities of the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, a great fireworks display was admired by spectators at the Berlin central station on February 13, 2010. It is already practically a tradition that the Potsdamer Feuerwerk Vertriebs GmbH would be the selected company to put on an amazing combination of music and fire.

Together with an amazed audience we welcomed the Year of the Tiger in appropriate form. Project Manager, Björn Wilhelm, and the award-winning pyro-designer, Thomas Schenkluhn, created a pyrotechnical choreography to a line of music specifically chosen for this event. An 8-person team of technicians supported them in realizing this spectacular event.

As the country which invented fireworks and the art of firework display, China’s standards for these events are exceptionally high. The color red as well as plenty of noise and fire play a special role in the banishment of, „Nian“, a mythical beast, which is traditionally chased off during New Year in China with firecrackers, red paper tape above doors, and red rolls of proverbs. The choice of effects for the display on 13 February was closely linked to this theme; you could see elements of traditional Chinese fireworks such as cracker chains and numerous effects in the symbolic color of red at the event.

The music was also carefully selected to reflect traditional elements, such as the drum dance, one of China’s most popular folk dances with a history dating back nearly 2000 years – a staple part of a Chinese New Year’s celebration.

This event was also a great opportunity for everyone to escape the bleak and grey of the city in winter, and for many couples it may have set the mood for the day following this spectacle: Valentine’s Day.

Production: Potsdamer Feuerwerk Vertriebs GmbH
Project Management: Björn Wilhelm
Pyro-Design: Thomas Schenkluhn
Programming: Thomas Schenkluhn
Firing system: Galaxis Pyrotec Advanced Serie

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