Awaken the Spirit in Sydney for New Year's EveWednesday, December 2. 2009
Australian first microchip fireworks and thousands of visitors, tourists and Sydneysiders wearing a touch of blue, will help Awaken the Spirit this 2009 Sydney New Year’s Eve. Awaken the Spirit will recognise Sydney as a stunning city and the importance of supporting charity, especially Australian Conservation Foundation- which aims to protect our country for the future generations.
Sydney New Year’s Eve Creative Director Rhoda Roberts says this year’s theme is about unity, bringing everyone together on one magical night to celebrate and Awaken the Spirit for the year ahead. “To me, Sydney’s spirit is reflected by the colour blue: It’s soulful, sexy, sophisticated and matches our stunning blue harbour and blue summer sky. We want everyone to wear their own touch of blue this year to gather and celebrate Sydney’s great spirit of life!” said Rhoda.
“My Aboriginal ancestors believe we need to Awaken the Spirit each year, to stir up that spirit within our land, water, sky and of course people. New Year’s Eve is much the same, it’s a time of excitement and new beginnings.”
For the first time, microchip fireworks will be used to ignite Sydney’s spirit, enabling new pyrotechnic effects which last longer in the sky. Sydney New Year’s Eve is the largest and most technologically advanced fireworks display in the world, attracting bigger crowds than London, New York, Paris or Berlin.
More than 6,000 hours of design and preparation go into the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks display which uses more than 4,500 kilograms of explosive devices, including approximately 11,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects fired from barges in the harbour, buildings in the CBD and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The event also features the majestic Harbour of Light Parade, two fireworks shows and the most complicated Bridge Effect ever attempted in 2009.
The events begin at 5pm; with aerial and projection displays, an indigenous smoke ceremony and at 9pm the family firework display brighten Sydney Harbour Bridge. Between 9:15 pm and 11:30pm 55 vessels will switch on their lights and sail around Sydney Harbour preparing for the midnight fireworks display.
More than 40 prime spectator spots are now part of the 2009 Sydney New Year’s Eve vantage point map, ensuring there are plenty of places to catch the world’s greatest fireworks show.
- 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
Turn Over a New Green Leaf for the New Year:
The following are some suggestions of ways to turn over a new green leaf, ACF encourages people to choose something that suits their lifestyle or create their own idea:
- Ride to work one day per week
- Start a herb or vegetable garden
- Take a free City of Sydney cycling confidence course
- Stop printing out emails
- Plant a fruit tree in the garden
- Start a worm farm
- Carry your own water bottle and stop buying plastic‐bottled water
- Use bio‐degradable doggy bags
- Wash clothes in cold water
- Switch to using organic cosmetics
- Have one meat‐free day per week
- Eat seasonal vegetables & check your food miles
- Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
- Set your printer and photocopier to double‐sided printing
- Put a no junk mail sticker on your letterbox
Images are courtesy of Sydney
For more information of Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations, visit the website:Sydneynewyearseve.com