Sydney gets party it was promised

Sydney set the bar high as it welcomed the New Year with a blaze of colourful fireworks, pylon projections and a moving Calling Country display.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was transformed into a giant rainbow, and colours including aquamarine, lemon and magenta burst across the sky for the showstopping midnight display.

More than eight tonnes of fireworks, including 100,000 pyrotechnic effects, were launched from six water platforms, four city rooftops, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The evening’s celebrations commenced with a smoking ceremony on the harbour, followed by the 9pm Calling Country display curated by First Nations artists Carmen Glynn-Braun and Dennis Golding from Re-Right Collective in partnership with Gadigal artist Nadeena Dixon, Rowan Savage and Foti International Fireworks.

At the stroke of midnight a spectacular kaleidoscope of colour was launched into the night as Sydney readies to host WorldPride 2023 in February.

2,000 fireworks launched from the sails of the Sydney Opera House, while 7,000 effects fired from 184 positions on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, all synchronised to a bespoke soundtrack by Stace Cadet featuring KLP.

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