SKYMAGIC, one of the world’s leading performance drone companies, designed and delivered a mesmerising drone light show at this year’s Zurich Festival [Züri- Fäscht], performing across the weekend in front of over a million spectators. Zurich Festival takes place once every three years in Switzerland’s largest city – offering a unique blend of old and new, with traditional food stalls, DJ sets, audio visual installations, family attractions and now drones! SKYMAGIC were invited by the country’s leading renewable energy provider – EWZ – to design and deliver a bespoke show, telling their story of a company at the forefront of sustainability who have powered the Festival since 1951.

Designed by SKYMAGIC’s creative team, the synchronised swarm of 150 drones was launched high into the night sky – directly from a floating pontoon in the middle of the lake that was custom built by the festival exclusively for the drone show. The explosive opening scene saw the iconic Zurich Festival lion let out a huge roar followed by a suite of bold and compelling formations, blending EWZ’s renewable message with playful touch points all synchronised to a driving, upbeat score.

Using our proprietary 3D animation suite we designed choreography rich in colour and dynamic movement. Our in-house trajectory simulation software ensured we not only filled every inch of our large performance window with motifs up to 220m in width and 500ft above the lake, but also offered comprehensive safety analysis. We committed to months of planning and preparation working with FOCA (Federal Office of Civil Aviation). This was done to ensure we were not only able to comply with the high standard of aviation safety that FOCA pride themselves on, but give the event organisers the confidence in our own professional standards.

The festival weekend was historical for Zurich and EWZ – the City’s first ever drone show where technology met sustainability inspired by a true Swiss company – EWZ.

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