Putting on a fireworks show isn't just about igniting the light and letting your colours burst as they shoot across the sky, explains fireworks expert Joe Ghazzal.
Kids, grown-ups, old people – everyone enjoys a fireworks show. It's one of the few sureties of life, that a grand display of fire, lights, colours, bangs and booms high up in the sky, can stop anyone in their tracks and make them look up to the heavens to marvel at the man-made pyrotechnics.
Behind every spectacle is a team of writers, content producers, lighting designers, sound engineers, technical and safety specialists, logistics planners and, of course, pyrotechnicians who work for months in advance to pull a show together. In Malaysia, one such group came together to realise the vision of producer Joe Ghazzal, who has been wowing us for almost two decades ago with his extravaganzas.
Joe is the managing director of Global2000, an events company that specialises in fireworks and has lit up both exhibitions and challenges like the Malaysia International Fireworks Competition (MIFC) and Da Nang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC). Their upcoming productions include the International MixedMedia Festival, but he can't say much more because of "confidentiality status and agreements".