Swedish fla­vor to il­lu­mi­nate Seoul skies

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE - By Kim Hyun-bin hyun­[email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Seoul skies will be bright­ened with Nordic fea­tures from a Swedish team that will par­tic­i­pate in the 17th Han­wha Seoul In­ter­na­tional Fire­works Fes­ti­val to be held at the Han River parks near Yeouido, Satur­day.

While teams from China and Korea will also per­form in the lav­ish event to give a col­or­ful and ex­trav­a­gant por­trayal of what their coun­tries rep­re­sent, the six-per­son Swedish team, Gothen­burg Fire­works Fac­tory led by Martin Hilde­berg, is ex­pected to do some­thing spe­cial with their fire­works un­der the theme, “Color of the North.”

“We are a coun­try of the north and I wanted to make a show that is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of our coun­try and also rep­re­sen­ta­tive of my style. We are set to use Swedish mu­sic and other mu­sic pop­u­lar in our coun­try,” Hilde­berg said dur­ing an in­ter­view with The Korea Times in Seoul, Wed­nes­day.

The team will show­case five songs dur­ing their 15-minute fire­works ex­trav­a­ganza, kick­ing off with “Lay All Your Love on Me” sung by ABBA, one of Swe­den’s most pop­u­lar artists, as well as other pop­u­lar artists in­clud­ing Sam Smith and Ava Max.

Gothen­burg is a well-known team in Europe, rack­ing up 26 first places in pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional fire­works com­pe­ti­tions.

The an­nual Han­wha fire­works fes­ti­val reels in over 1 mil­lion spec­ta­tors each year, which Hilde­berg says will be “the big­gest crowd” he will have the plea­sure to per­form in front of. “I have seen a few Han­wha fire­works, and I am sur­prised by the size and level of the shows here. In Swe­den, there are never this kind of big fire­works projects we see here with so many peo­ple, so much equip­ment and ev­ery­thing in big scale,” he said.

Hilde­berg says par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions is a great way to meet ex­perts in the same in­dus­try and the most im­por­tant part of all is be­ing able to “learn cer­tain tech­niques and de­signs” which he said are a great ed­u­ca­tional means to im­prove the team’s fire­works ca­pa­bil­ity.

“I am very hon­ored to be here. I hope peo­ple of Seoul will like my work and wish ev­ery­one a good fun evening with fire­works,” Hilde­berg said.

The over­all theme of the fes­ti­val is “Life is Col­or­ful” and it is ex­pected to ex­plode with 100,000 fire­works for 80 min­utes start­ing from 7:20 p.m., Satur­day.

China’s Sunny In­ter­na­tional Fire­works will kick off the show un­der “The Starry Night” and Han­wha’s team rep­re­sent­ing Korea will close the fes­tiv­i­ties by fir­ing off 40 min­utes of breath­tak­ing fire­works.

Cour­tesy of Han­wha Corp.

Fire­works light up the sky dur­ing the 16th Han­wha Seoul In­ter­na­tional Fire­works Fes­ti­val at the Han River near Yeouido Park, Oct. 6, 2018.

Martin Hilde­berg,

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