Groupe F


Date and place of start: 1992, France

Place: Paris, France

ECC Participation: artist

Groupe F is one of the most famous fireworks theaters in the world.

It was founded in 1990 by pyrotechnics visionary Christophe Berthonneau and Eric Noel, an inventor of elaborate tools and stage machinery. Their debut show was titled “Bird of Fire.”

“Pyrotechnics are like a painter’s palette: they let you do amazing things, but they also let you make complete kitsch.”

Groupe F now numbers over forty members, including actors, musicians, graphic artists, directors, and architects. They have performed on every continent, dazzling audiences with fire-filled shows and spectacular fireworks displays. The group is best known for its New Year’s Eve illumination of the Eiffel Tower and fireworks show in 1999/2000, the fireworks display at the Stade de France at the 1998 World Cup, the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Barcelona, the pyrotechnic displays on Björk’s 1998 world tour, shows celebrating the 700th anniversary of the city of Bilbao and the inauguration of the Millennium Bridge over the Thames, the illumination of Big Ben in London, and the opening of the Burj Dubai.

Groupe F is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pyrotechnic equipment. The group’s members design most of their own fireworks. Their headquarters are located in East Asia, but the keep their fireworks stockpiled in Morocco.

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