The fireworks message #fireworks4peace on 8 May 2022 at 9 p.m. in Brno over Špilberk Castle in support of UNICEF for children
„Black Powder in the Services of Art for World Peace"
BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC / over Špilberk Castle
Sunday 8 May 2022 at 9:00 p.m.
"LET PEACE STAY WITH THIS LAND" the fireworks message to the whole world
realised by the IGNIS BRUNENSIS TEAM / FLASH BARRANDOV SFX / SNIP & CO
fireworks design by JAROSLAV ŠTOLBA
synchronised music accompanying the fireworks is to be broadcast by Czech Radio Brno 106.5 FM and Rádio Krokodýl 103 FM
Let Peace Stay with this Land.
Rancour, envy, resentment, fear and strife, bring them to an end at last...
Brno and the IGNIS BRUNENSIS TEAM have been invited to join the global initiative #fireworks4peace (www.fireworks4peace.org) with a symbolic fireworks project on 8 May 2022 in support of world peace, freedom and the symbolic fight for democracy and equality among nations around the world. The eighth of May, the date of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, has been chosen as the day on which the night skies are to be illuminated in different time zones all over the planet. This fireworks message is, at the same time, an appeal to all the countries involved to support the organisation UNICEF and children affected by war.
Designer Jaroslav Štolba from Flash Barrandov SFX is preparing a three-minute fireworks message entitled "Let Peace Stay with this Land" set to the song Modlitba (Prayer) by Marta Kubišová as a SNIP & CO production above Špilberk Castle in Brno at 9.00 p.m. on Sunday 8 May. Synchronised music accompanying the fireworks is to be broadcast by Czech Radio Brno 106.5 FM and Rádio Krokodýl 103 FM.
"Our lives as pyrotechnists are associated with the use of black powder for constructive and artistic purposes, for beauty rather than for destruction, for a use that does not target human lives..." says Jaroslav Štolba, principal fireworks designer for the project on 8th May and head of the Flash Barrandov SFX team, as an explanation for one of the reasons for engaging in the #fireworks4peace initiative.
"Every sixth child around the world is living in an area affected by conflict right now. The kidnapping of children and their use as human shields are common in war, in addition to physical and mental violence. Land mines, which can kill children or maim them for life, are another mortal danger facing children. UNICEF builds field hospitals, supplies medical material and provides education in places affected by war and armed conflict. It also returns lost children to their families and spreads information about the dangers of unexploded munitions. Last but not least, we restore supplies of drinking water," says Pavla Gomba, Executive Director of UNICEF Czech Republic. The pyrotechnical project over Špilberk Castle in Brno on 8th May is, for this reason, supporting the UNICEF programme Water under Fire. "Help us protect children living in areas affected by fighting right now. Every SMS text message sent in the form DMS UNICEF 90 to the number 87 777 at a value of 90 CZK will help us provide 5,487 litres of drinking water. Please send one today and help children threatened by war," adds Pavla Gomba on behalf of UNICEF.
As of 2nd May, pyrotechnists and organisers of firework festivals at forty places and on four continents - Europe, Asia, America and Australia - have joined the charity project #fireworks4peace. Madrid in Spain, Hamburg in Germany and Salzburg in Austria, for example, have joined the project on the European continent in addition to Brno. Asia is represented by three regions in Japan, while cities in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil are representing the Americas.