NYE: Sydney’s Groundbreaking Fireworks Display

“With more fireworks than ever before, this year’s Sydney NYE celebration guarantees to be the biggest, brightest and best in the world.” – Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

And as well as being the biggest and brightest, this year’s midnight spectacular will feature a political statement like no other: A rainbow waterfall of dazzling sparkles cascading off the side of the harbour bridge.

“The rainbow waterfall is a well-earnt tribute to the Sydney 78ers who marched for gay rights 40 years ago – it’s a reminder of how far we have come and how far we have left to achieve true equality for our LGBTI community. It’s a wonderful way to ring in the New Year and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras.

“This is a fabulous way to see out 2017 – the year that four out of five Sydneysiders said a resounding ‘Yes’ to marriage equality.”

The guy behind the spectacular fireworks display this year is Sydney fireworks director Fortunato Foti along with his crew from Foti Fireworks International.

“The challenge this year was to create never-before-seen displays. Out of this, we’ve created some great effects that I’m looking forward to sharing with the people of Sydney and the world,” Mr Foti said.

“This waterfall effect is a first for the bridge and we’ve chosen the rainbow colours that work best for fireworks: red, yellow, green, blue, purple and silver.”

Mr Foti says there will be more than 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects on the night, setting a new record for the annual event’s 9pm and midnight displays. It will feature 1 tonne more fireworks than last year, a thousand more shells and 5,000 more shooting comets.

The 2017 New Year’s program highlights include: 

6pm: Pre-show entertainment
8.38pm: Welcome to Country ceremony
9pm: Family fireworks display
9.15pm: Harbour of Light Parade
Midnight: 2017-18 Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks display