Professional fireworks teams head to Berlin from all over the globe to pit their best, blazing bangers against each other. This year the teams are Panda Fireworks from China, PyroEmotions & PyroDigiT from Italy, Engelsrud NFI Fyrverkeri AS from Norway, Féérie from France, Heron Fireworks from the Netherlands and Orion Art from Russia.
It is not just a free-for-all – there are strict guidelines that involve colour combination themes and particular pieces of music to set the displays to. This year the colour theme is Gold – Green and a portion of the display must be set to the medley of the polka “Unter Donner und Blitz” and the overture of “Die Fledermaus”, both from Johann Strauss II.
Here is a small clip of last year’s winning team Dragon Fireworks from the Philippines:
Three teams will perform each day and the evening’s show starts at 8.45pm on both days. Gates open at 6.30pm so if you want a good spot it is worth getting there early. Tickets are from 23Euro for standing room only to 43Euro for a Grandstand seat. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and take a blanket to sit on as it can get chilly late into the evening even in September.
The Berlin Olympic Stadium is quite far out of the main city so you will need to get the S-bahn. From Generator Berlin Prenzlauer Berg at S Landsberger Allee catch the M6 then change at Alexanderplatz for the S5 which will drop you right outside the stadium. From Generator Berlin Mitte you can pick up the S5 from Friedrich Strasse which is about 10 minutes’ walk away.