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Sydney New Year’s Eve 2009 – Program Information Events and Fireworks

December 21, 2009toJanuary 1, 2010
New Year’s Eve in Sydney – Free Events, Fireworks, Family Events, Tips – Plan Now
2009 Sydney New Year’s Eve Highlights
5 – 7pm: Pre–Show Entertainment
Aerial displays fill the skies above Sydney Harbour. The aircraft commence their flying performances with three Pitts Specials, followed by three De Havilland Tiger Moths that conduct a flyover. Meanwhile, the Sydney Ports’ fire fighting vessel ‘Ted Noffs’ appears on Sydney Harbour, so action takes place both in the sky and on the water.
8pm – 2am: Projections on Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons
Still and video projections appear on the eastern faces of the North and South pylons. The pylons will also project ‘Awaken the Spirit’ in English, Gadigal, Arabic, Cantonese, French, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Dutch, Vietnamese and Swahili, which are the twelve languages of Sydney’s top migrant populations and tourist visitors for the event. This is done to emphasise the sense of community, acceptance and unity of the event.
8 – 8:40pm: Indigenous Smoking Ceremony
Five indigenous vessels perform a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse the harbour of negative spirits while sailing around the exclusion zone. This is complemented by a single firing of blue smoke from all six fireworks barges on the harbour.
8:45 – 8:55pm: Acknowledgement of Country
An Acknowledgment to Country will take place on the harbour to show our respect to the local Gadigal nation and all First Nations people, when the custodians ‘call up’ the first reveal of the Bridge Effect with a series of fireworks firings. The words, ‘Awaken the Spirit’ are projected in English and Gadigal on to the eastern faces of the North and South Pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during this segment.
9 – 9:08pm: Family Fireworks
To a jolly and buoyant soundtrack of children’s favourite movie themes and pop songs, the 9pm Family Fireworks is a beautifully choreographed, eight minute pyrotechnic performance that is executed from four barges on Sydney Harbour, nine city building rooftops, as well as some surprises from the catwalk on Sydney Harbour Bridge.
9:15 – 11:30pm: Harbour of Light Parade
A flotilla of 55 vessels adorned with themed lighting, ‘switch on their lights’ as the parade sails up to 15km around Sydney Harbour.
10 pm – 11:55am: Awaken Firings and Bridge Effect
Something new for 2009 Sydney New Year’s Eve is the inclusion of our Awaken Firings from six barges that grow in size at each firing timeslot. These are a series of pyrotechnic ‘bouquets’, the plumes of which increase on each firing as a change occurs within the presentation of the Bridge Effect.
Midnight – 00:12: Midnight Fireworks
Microchip technology allows us to create large pyrotechnic patterns and shapes with precision and definition in the countdown to Midnight. The twelve minute soundtrack which accompanies the midnight fireworks display includes memorable pop songs, classical orchestral pieces and some emotive moments from famous movie soundtracks. There is a strong soulful emphasis on global music with the strength to Awaken the Spirit.
For a safe and enjoyable 2009 Sydney New Year’s Eve:
• Pick a vantage point and be aware that popular areas fill up quickly
• Plan ahead if you’re heading to the Harbour foreshore and take public transport
• Remember not to take glass to the event and place rubbish into bins provided
• To get the full multimedia Sydney New Year’s Eve experience, tune your radio to 104.1 2Day FM to hear the synchronised fireworks soundtracks
• People at home won’t miss out with Channel 9 broadcasting the fireworks spectacular live from 8.30pm and again at 11.30pm.
For more information or images of Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations, visit the website www.sydneynewyearseve.com .

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