Daisen to Host the 16th International Symposium on Fireworks!

The pride of Daisen, a city in Akita Prefecture, is the annual Omagari National Fireworks Competition, an event with over 100 years of history. As well as this major event, Daisen hosts many smaller fireworks displays on a monthly basis. It is known as the "City of Fireworks".

The 15th International Symposium on Fireworks (ISF) was held in Bordeaux, France in September 2015, with some 360 participants. It was at this event that Daisen was announced as the venue for the next symposium, to be all over the world, is run by the International Symposium on Fireworks Society (ISFS).

The 16th International Symposium on Fireworks will take place in Daisen from April 24 to 29, 2017. Activities scheduled for the five days of the symposium include: a presentation on firework-making techniques, safety procedures and artistry; a tradeshow for pyrotechnical businesses with discussions and demonstrations of new products; and sightseeing events with fireworks shows and tours provided by local organisations. Each day will also close with fireworks displays featuring exciting collaborations between Japanese fireworks makers and their contemporaries from around the world.

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