European countries paint the sky for Pattaya International Fireworks Festival


The night sky above Pattaya Bay became a canvas that four European countries painted with exploding rockets and lasers for more than 200,000 people at the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival.

Teams from Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom dazzled crowds with explosions and pinwheels Nov. 28-29, capping day-long street festivals featuring food, music and entertainment.

Fireworks from Team England are the perfect addition to a Pattaya Bay panorama.Fireworks from Team England are the perfect addition to a Pattaya Bay panorama.

Fireworks began around 9 p.m. each day with the show split into three parts and contestants of Thailand’s Got Talent providing the intermission entertainment. Two teams put on individual shows of 20-25 minutes each night with the other teams putting on short demonstrations at 10 p.m.

England’s performance focused on the art of experience, enhanced with imagination of color screening and shapes expressing the biological relationship between the eyes and mind of the spectators and artists. The highlight was the final explosion meant to depict an explosion of life.

Germany illustrated the power of flowers in a concept called “Art of Life,” highlighting the explosions and stimulation of excitement leading to ultimate powers of creativity emphasizing natural brightness.

The fireworks not only lit up the night sky, they also lit up Pattaya Bay.The fireworks not only lit up the night sky, they also lit up Pattaya Bay.

The Italian team wrung out emotions, including excitement, serenity filled with sadness, and happiness, all converging into a sky of bright and hot colors.

Finally, the Spanish lit the sky with unlimited creativity and an expression of love of life, focusing on tones of color.

While the pyrotechnics took center stage, Friday’s festivities actually began at 3:30 p.m. and ran through 11 p.m. while Saturday ran from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. Beach Road was closed to traffic both days from 3:30-11 p.m. and all side streets from Second Road were blocked to allow sponsor Thai Life Insurance to throw its “Art of Life” street festival.

Germany’s fireworks burst into 3 flowers.Germany’s fireworks burst into 3 flowers.

The day featured a flash-mob dance, game booths and concerts by ETC and Stamp Aphiwat on Friday, and Zeal and J Jetrin on Saturday. Activities along Beach Road also included a “music art carnival,” street art plus food and drinks.

The entire day was free, but VIP seats with food, drinks and raffle draws were available with proceeds benefiting Thai Life Insurance’s “One Give, Many Receive” charitable campaign.

Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome believes more than 200,000 people saw the fireworks over the two days, generating at least 300 million baht for the city.