The Celebration of Light is not only Vancouver’s biggest event, but it’s also the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world and attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening. Owned by the Not For Profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, 2012 marks the 22nd consecutive year of the event, which contributes in excess of $39 million in incremental tourism and hospitality spending each year.

The 2012 event will see three new and unique countries competing over three nights on July 28th with Vietnam competing in its first international competition outside its home country, August 1st  with Brazil and August 4th with Italy vying for the coveted winning title.

Event organizers are also thrilled to announce the beginning of a 3 Year Title Partnership with Honda at the Celebration of Light. The Honda Celebration of Light will continue to flourish and grow through this partnership over the coming years.

Preceding the fireworks, SHOREfest (presented by SHORE 104) will host free concerts on two music stages in English Bay and Sunset Beach. Visitors to the beach will be able to watch some of the hottest names in Canadian music perform at Sunset Beach and in English Bay on fireworks days. The two stages include:

Located in the beautiful Sunset Beach, come listen to amazing roots and blues performances starting at 2:00pm on July 28th and August 4th and 4:00pm on Wednesday August 1st. Curated by the Rogue Folk Club and presented by SHORE 104, The Rogue Stage is free to the public.

Saturday, July 28th  –  Rogue Stage Sunset Beach
•  2:00pm – 2:45pm   Oliver Swain
•  3:00pm – 3:45pm   Headwater
•  4:00pm – 4:45pm   Harry Manx
•  5:00pm – 6:00pm   Barney Bentall
•  6:00p  – 6:30pm   V3
•  6:45pm – 7:15pm   SEACHS
•  7:30pm – 8:15pm   Jim Byrnes and Steve Dawson
•  10:00pm   Vietnam Fireworks Show

Wednesday, August 1st  –  Rogue Stage Sunset Beach
•  4:00pm – 4:45pm   The Breakmen
•  5:00pm – 6:00pm   Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson
•  6:00pm – 6:30pm   Ache Brasil
•  6:45pm – 7:15pm   Grupo America
•  7:30pm – 8:15pm   The Be Good Tanyas
•  10:00pm   Brazil Fireworks Show

Saturday, August 4th  –  Rogue Stage Sunset Beach
•  2:00pm – 2:45pm   Bocephus King
•  3:00pm – 3:45pm   Partick Brealey
•  4:00pm – 4:45pm   Viper Central
•  5:00pm – 5:45pm   Cousin Harley
•  6:00pm – 6:30pm   Famee Furlane Balletto
•  6:45pm – 7:15pm   Joel Plaskett
•  7:30pm – 8:15pm   Great Lake Swimmers
•  8:30pm – 9:30pm   Patrizia Colletta
•  10:00pm   Italy Fireworks Competion

The SHORE 104 stage is located on top of the iconic English Bay Bathhouse Roof. Performances by some of Canada’s hottest new talent will start at 7:00pm. Bring a picnic blanket and head down to the water’s edge early to get your seat and listen to some great tunes before enjoying the spectacular fireworks display.

Saturday, July 28  –  Shore 104 Stage English Bay
•  7:30pm – 8:15pm   Zaac Pick
•  8:30pm – 9:30pm   Bahamas
•  10:00pm   Vietnam Fireworks Show

Wednesday, August 1  –  Shore 104 Stage English Bay
•  7:30pm – 8:15pm   Jets Overhead
•  8:30pm – 9:30pm   Trews
•  10:00pm   Brasil Fireworks Show

Saturday, August 4  –  Shore 104 Stage English Bay
•  7:30pm – 8:15pm   Hannah Georgas
•  8:30pm – 9:30pm   Said The Whale
•  10:00pm   Italy Fireworks Show

Sunset Beach will host a wealth of activities for Celebration of Light fans to get involved in prior to the Firework show. This area will be the central hub for cultural celebrations, music performances, sporting activities, vendors and concessions. Festivities will begin a 2:00pm on each day of the Fireworks: July 28th, August 1st, August 4th.

Cultural Celebrations
On each night of the Fireworks, there will be cultural programming corresponding with the each of the competing countries: Vietnam (featuring performances by V3 and SEACHS), Brazil (featuruing performances by Ache Brazil and Groupo Americo) and Italy (featuring performances by the Italian Dance Troupe). Come down to Sunset Beach for dancing, on-stage performances, and unique enactments for an authentic cultural showcasing of each participating country.

Sporting Activities
Urban Rec will be hosting a major volleyball tournament at Sunset Beach on July 28th and August 4th, allowing the unique opportunity to play Coed 4 on 4 volleyball in the heart of the action at this year’s Honda Celebration of Light. For more information and to register, click here.

On Saturday July 28th (and Sunday July 29th)  NBA 3X will be hosted at Sunset Beach bringing some of the top NBA stars to Vancouver and giving kids of all ages the opportunity to participate in 3 on 3 basketball tournaments.

NBA star Eric Gordon will be appearing on Saturday July 28th! Head down to Sunset Beach from 3:00pm – 5:00pm for your chance to meet this basketball superstar!

Festivalgoers can sign up to play 3 on 3 basketball and enjoy the Slam Dunk Contest, on-site DJs, graffiti artists and break dancers while hanging out with NBA players, mascots and dancers! To participate, register online here.

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