The Pulse of Sydney - A Breathtaking Celebration for a Global Audience

The Pulse of Sydney - Celebrating the Future with a Global Audience
1 January 2019

On December 31, 2018 our Sydney team prepared a dazzling celebration alongside the City of Sydney that inspired audiences around the world. Attracting an over one million strong crowd at Sydney Harbour the experience gathered an additional estimated one billion live global viewership and was featured in a live broadcast on Australia’s national public television network ABC.  

Having collaborated with the City of Sydney for 8 years in a row to pull off one of the world’s most famous New Year’s Eve celebrations, we were determined to continue pushing the boundaries to create the most ravishing live experience to date. We imagined this year’s theme ‘Pulse of Sydney’ as a reflection of the city’s community with animations that celebrated Australia’s much-loved landscapes.  Our teams set the world stage with a 12-minute firework display at its heart, pulled off several firsts and developed 4 hours of magnificent creatives for multiple Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.  The night also incorporated music, parties and displays that captivated a live global audience.

Our pioneering pylon creatives featured Australian beach scenes, outback images, the iconic Sydney city skyline, whilst the sails of the Sydney Opera House dazzled with innovative pyrotechnic effects, painting the vast harbour with lime and peach tones inspired by a Sydney summer.  

Using a record number of fireworks, our breathtaking live experience incorporated a Saturn inspired spherical display in tribute to Aretha Franklin and introduced a new creative music moment accompanied by Australian band Client Liaison. To mark the annual celebration we set 55 illuminated vessels across Sydney Harbour carrying more than 12km of lights featuring 500 distinct synchronised patterns that captivated a global audience.

Sydney’s spectacular New Year’s Eve 2018 celebration involved 15 months of meticulous planning, 18 shipping containers of equipment weighing 120 tonnes, over 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects, 35,000 shooting comets and used 500kg more fireworks than the preceding year.

The event contributed an astounding $133 million to the local economy according to research by Destination NSW and was referred to as ‘breathtaking’ by the City of Sydney.  Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore also commented on the experience: 'Sydney New Year's Eve is one of the largest and most technical fireworks displays in the world,' declaring it truly a 'world-class' live show.



Image via City of Sydney News