Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Fireworks


Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Fireworks

infobox television
show_name = Sydney New Year's Eve


caption = The 2006-07 Sydney New Year's Eve celebrations
format = New Year's Eve television special
runtime = Family Fireworks: 8:30pm – 9:30pm (60 mins)
Midnight Fireworks: 11:30pm – 12:30am (60 mins)
creator = TBD
starring = Richard Wilkins (1995 – 2006)
Gretel Killeen (2006 – 2007)
Daniel MacPherson (2006 – 2007)
Kim Watkins (2007 – 2008)
Andrew G (2007 – 2008)
country = AUS
network = Nine Network (1995 – 2006)
Network Ten (2006 – present)
location = Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales
Australia
first_aired = December 31, 1995
last_aired = present
num_episodes = 13 (since 1995)
website = [http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/NYE/Default.asp Official website] |
The Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Fireworks are held every New Year's Eve, over Sydney Harbour, centering at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. They take place in two shows, a smaller show at 9pm and the major show at midnight. Since 2000 the display has been designed and created by "Foti International Fireworks", an Australian company who also designed the displays for the opening and closing of the 2000 Olympics. [ [http://www.fotifireworks.com.au/news/index.html Foti International Fireworks archive] ] . You can visit the [http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/NYE/Default.asp Sydney New Years Eve website] for more details.

The fireworks are regularly viewed by more than one million people, with the New Year's Eve 2007 - 2008 display being viewed by 1.5 million people. [Channel 7 News Sydney, January 1, 2008] The display usually has a theme, with the 2007-2008 theme being "The Time of Our Lives". The display is televised on Channel 10, in two parts, matching the two displays.

Prior to the 1999-2000 show, the major display was held at 9pm (the current time of the Family Fireworks display) and a small display was held at midnight.

"Bridge Effect"

Central to the firework display each year since 1998 is the thematic display on the Sydney Harbour Bridge known coloquially as the "Bridge Effect", which is revealed at midnight at the change of the year. For the "Bridge Effect" there is light display using a framework and complemented by fireworks from the arch, pylons and roadway. In the months leading up to December 31 (usually from late October), the scaffolding and framework are clearly visible, as is the outline for the design, which leaves the Sydneysiders speculating as to how the effect is to be realised.

2006-07 details

The 2006/07 "Bridge Effect" was created to celebrate the bridge's 75th anniversary or Diamond Jubilee in 2007. The theme was "A Diamond Night In Emerald City". The coathanger in the display is in reference to the bridge's nickname. The use of Emerald City is a reference to the play of the same name. A question mark was shown in the nights leading up to the celebrations, which also doubled up as the curved end of the coathanger.

2007-08 details

The event attracted over one million visitors to Sydney Harbour. They witnessed over 100 000 firings. [cite news |author=AAP |coauthors= |title=Sydney's NYE declared a success |url=http://news.smh.com.au/sydneys-nye-declared-a-success/20080101-1jpm.html |publisher=Sydney Morning Herald |date=2008-01-01 |accessdate=2008-01-08 ] The ongoing display in January was terminated early after being buffeted by high winds. [cite news |author=Gibson, Jano |coauthors= |title=Time's up for Harbour Bridge heavyweight |url=http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/times-up-for-bridge-heavyweight/2008/01/08/1199554618865.html |publisher=Sydney Morning Herald |date=2008-01-08 |accessdate=2008-01-08 ]

Firework soundtracks

2004 9pm Soundtrack

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2004 Midnight soundtrack

*Advance Australia Fair - "Remix"

2005 9pm soundtrack

* "Thunderbirds Theme" – Original "Thunderbirds" TV Series Soundtrack
* "Thunderbirds Are Go" - Busted
* "Axel F" - Crazy Frog
* 'Main Theme' - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Soundtrack
* "In & Out" - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Soundtrack
* "Loompa Land" - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Soundtrack
* "End Suite" - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Soundtrack
* "Shine" - "Robots" Soundtrack
* "So Long and Thanks for the Fish" - "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" Soundtrack

2005 Midnight soundtrack

* "A Day in the Life" – The Beatles
* "Auld Lang Syne" – Jimi Hendrix
* "What Is Love", - Deee Lite
* "Don't Phunk With My Heart" – The Black Eyed Peas
* "Le Funky Bus" – Pipi Le Oui
* "4 Ever" – The Veronicas
* "New Year's Day" – U2
* "P.A.R.T.Y" – Urban Sound Of Amsterdam
* "" – John Adams
* "Aria from “La Wally”" – "Diva" Soundtrack
* "I'm Gonna Love You a Little Bit More" – Barry White
* "The Greatest View" – Silverchair
* "Battle of Kerak" – “Kingdom of Heaven” Soundtrack
* "The Drums of Gaugamela" – "Alexander" Soundtrack
* "Ivan the Terrible" – "Ivan the Terrible" Soundtrack

2006 9pm soundtrack

* Main Title – "The Wizard Of Oz" Soundtrack
* "World, Hold On (Children of the Sky) Club mix" - Bob Sinclair featuring Steve Edwards
* "Heist" - Ben Folds
* "He's the Wizard" - Cast
* "I'll Supply the Love" - Toto
* "Superman Returns" – "Superman Returns" Soundtrack
* "Home" - Diana Ross

2006 Midnight soundtrack

* "Numb" – Pet Shop Boys
* "Diamonds Are Forever" – Shirley Bassey
* "I'm with Stupid" – Pet Shop Boys
* "Ain't No Other Man" - Christina Aguilera
* "Beautiful Child Again" – Rufus Wainwright
* "Can You Feel It" - Jacksons
* "Diamonds and Pearls" - Prince and NPG
* "Best of You" - Foo Fighters
* "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" - Pink Floyd
* "Attack on Alcatraz" - John Powell
* "Alexander Nevsky Opus 78"- "Alexander's Entry into Pskov" - Jean Claude Casadeus

2007 9pm soundtrack

* "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" - Remix
* "What Time Is It?" – "High School Musical 2" Soundtrack
* "The Nicest Kids in Town" – "Hairspray" soundtrack
* "The Time Warp" – "The Rocky Horror Show" Australian Cast Album
* "The Simpsons Theme’ – "The Simpsons Movie" Soundtrack
* "Love Today" – Mika
* "The Time Warp" – "The Rocky Horror Show" Australian Cast Album
* "Can't Touch It" – Ricki Lee
* "Fiddle Faddle Yodel" – Mary Schneider
* "Boogie Wonderland" – "Happy Feet" Soundtrack
* "The Time Warp" – "The Rocky Horror Show" Australian Cast Album

2007 Midnight soundtrack

* "Organ Concerto: Third Movement" – Saint-Saëns
* "No Cars Go" – Arcade Fire
* "Drums" – "Drumline" Soundtrack
* "Night and Day" – Frank Sinatra
* "Summertime" – Carmen McRae
* "I'm Every Woman" – Chaka Khan
* "The Echo Game" – "House of Flying Daggers" Soundtrack
* "Ketjak Dance" – The Bali Sessions
* "The Colony" – "Antz" Soundtrack
* "Night and Day" – Frank Sinatra
* "Quad Drums" – "Drumline" Soundtrack
* "Straight Lines" – Silverchair
* "Night and Day" – Frank Sinatra
* "Quad Drums" – "Drumline" Soundtrack
* "Organ Concerto: Third Movement" – Saint-Saëns
* "Polovtsian Dances" – Prince Igor
* "The Battle" - "Bridge to Terabithia" Soundtrack
* "Organ Concerto: Third Movement" – Saint-Saëns
* "Slavsia, Slavsia" – The Russian Opera

TV coverage

From 1995-96 until 2005-06 the rights to the television broadcast was held by Nine Network with Richard Wilkins as the host. From 2006-07 the broadcaster has been Network Ten with hosts Gretel Killeen and Daniel MacPherson, and in 2007-08 Kim Watkins and Andrew G.

2006 controversy

Televiser Network Ten received complaints regarding its coverage of New Years Eve 2006. The main issue was an episode of "The Big Night In" with John Foreman, where Matthew Newton sat down with Foreman at a piano and simulated playing the piano with his penis. [cite news |author=Gosnell, Peter |coauthors= |title=Ten's smutty party an insult|url=http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,23663,21001182-10388,00.html |publisher=news.com.au |date=2007-01-02 |accessdate=2008-01-08 ] [cite news |author=Gosnell, Peter |coauthors= |title=Zero out of Ten|url=http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21005425-5001031,00.html |publisher=The Daily Telegraph |date=2007-01-03 |accessdate=2008-03-09 ] This led to the telecast being called the "worst NYE ever", and calls for Channel 10 to lose the rights to the telecast. (This was Channel 10's first New Years Eve show, after the rights had been awarded to them from the Nine Network.)

References

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group1 = Nine Network Shows
list1 = 1995-96·1996-97·1997-98·1998-99·1999-00·2000-01·2001-02·2002-03·2003-04·2004-05·2005-06
group2 = Network Ten Shows
list2 = 2006-07·2007-08·2008-09
group3 = Main Venues
list3 = Harbour Bridge·Opera House·Dawes Point·Royal Botanic Gardens·Circular Quay
group4 = Hosts
list4 = Richard Wilkins (1995-2006)·Gretel Killeen & Daniel MacPherson (2006-07)·Kim Watkins & Andrew G (2007-2008)


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