Australia’s ABC News has reported that the City of Sydney is spending $6.8 million on the fireworks display that will signal the beginning of 2014 and more spectators than ever are expected to watch the spectacle over Darling Harbour, whether they are local Sydney residents or have come further afield to celebrate the New Year as part of last minute Australia tours. On top of this, around 1.1 billion people across the globe are expected to watch the fireworks on television.
Fortunato Foti, the director of this year’s New Year fireworks, said that onlookers can expect to see an incredibly colourful display, including “a lot of pastel colours… as well as the traditional silver that’ll leave a long lasting tail”. The Foti family have been making fireworks since 1793 and their expertise was called on especially for this year; the firework makers have designed special fireworks that will not damage the tiles of the Sydney Opera House when they are fired from it.
It has been a memorable year for Sydney Opera House as the landmark celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, and Louise Herron, chief executive of the Opera House, believes that the sight of fireworks shooting from the roof of the building and lighting it up from above will be a very special finale to its anniversary year. She told Australia’s ABC News that “there are going to be a thousand fireworks actually launched from the roof of the Opera House”, which is sure to be a fantastic sight to see both in person and on television.
Follow the link below to read more about the work that organisers are putting in to make this New Year’s Eve celebrations some of the best ever.
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