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Switzerland and Korea up next in fireworks contest

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image Min-Jung Seo (left) and Nicolas Guinand (right)

The annual Macau International Fireworks Display contest kicked off last Saturday, which was also the first time that a team from South Africa showed off its fireworks to a local audience. Two more teams, from Switzerland and Korea, are ready to perform this week.
The Swiss squad is among the four debuting teams this year, along with the teams from South Africa, Canada and the mainland. Nicolas Guinand, Director of SUGYP SA in Switzerland briefed journalists about the idea of their fireworks performance when meeting the local press yesterday.
“The design of my show is a story of love. It is a story for all people. For me this is a show with many emotions,” he said. According to Guinand, the 19-minute fireworks performance will be mixed with laser technology, a new element introduced to mark the 25th anniversary of the event.
The Swiss director revealed that they would utilize different songs to express the story. “We have two songs in French, because four different languages are used in Switzerland, including French. Besides that, there are some international songs. At the end, we have something ‘more than music’.” However, he prefers to keep the audience guessing until the show starts. His team will be onstage at 9p.m. Thursday.
Launched in 1967, the firework company is involved in pyrotechnic displays and fireworks contests, both in and out of Switzerland.
Following Switzerland, the veteran performers from Korea is scheduled to provide a “traditional Korean culture” show at 9:40p.m. Min-Jung Seo, Manager of Fireworks Promotion Commercial Explosives Business Division from Hanwha Corporation, said the team is participating in the fireworks display contest for the 10th time. This year, the group wants to showcase four seasons in Korea through fireworks displays, accompanied by different music to match the seasons, “such as light music to represent the warm spring, and energetic songs to reflect summer,” she said.
The manager added that they have prepared facilities to create “wider pictures” than in previous presentations.
Having started in the fireworks business in 1964, the Korean company has been commissioned to put on the fireworks displays for many global sports events. These include the opening and closing ceremonies of the Asian Games 1986 in Seoul and 2002 in Busan, the Seoul Olympics Games in 1988, and the opening of 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan.

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