Sydney’s spectacular welcome to 2024

City of Sydney

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Dazzling fireworks, AI imagery, projections, pyrotechnics and bespoke soundtracks welcomed 2024 in spectacular fashion.

Two fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight saw more than 110,000 fireworks launched from 6 water-based firing platforms spread across 6 kilometres of the harbour, 4 pontoons, 4 sails of the Sydney Opera House and 5 city rooftops.

More than a million people gathered around Sydney Harbour to ring in the new year, with many millions more watching around the world.

The evening’s celebrations kicked off with a traditional smoking ceremony on the harbour, followed by a moving Welcome to Country and Calling Country fireworks at 9pm, synchronised to a soundtrack by Nooky and Aria Award winner and Grammy nominee,18YOMAN.

At the stroke of midnight, master pyrotechnician Fortunato Foti and his team flicked the switch on one of the world’s largest and most technical fireworks displays, set to a thumping 3-part soundtrack by THE SWEATS.

“It’s not hard to see why we’re the best in the world at what we do,” Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore AO said.

“Tonight we showcased the best of Sydney’s creative talents, putting on a show that has become one of the biggest public events in the world.

“I don’t think there’s a better place in the world to welcome the start of a new year than Sydney.”

The New Year’s Eve celebrations are the result of 15 months planning, and more than 1,000 accredited personnel working behind the scenes to bring the event to life including:

  • 18 shipping containers of equipment and fireworks
  • 15 computers and more than 25km of wiring and cables to launch over 8.5 tonnes of fireworks
  • fireworks with surprise shapes, and new pastel and neon colours
  • fireworks launched from 184 firing locations on the Sydney Harbour Bridge including its top, façade and sides
  • more than 58,000 individual firing shots featured throughout 9pm and midnight shows
  • 36,000 shooting ground-based effects including comets, mines and crossettes
  • 13,000 aerial shells including serpents, saturn rings and horse tail willow shells.

Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks are manufactured from biodegradable paper and compounds that dissipate after use to minimise the environmental impact.

The City of Sydney also draws on improved technology, energy saving LEDs and low wattage lighting.

The Sydney New Year’s Eve event is included in the scope of greenhouse gas emissions measured and offset by the City of Sydney as part of its annual assessment to remain carbon neutral.

/Public Release.