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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA NEW YEAR’S EVE 2020

WHAT: FIREWORKS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE 2020 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
WHY: FIREWORKS EVENT TO WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR 2020
WHEN: TUESDAY 31ST DECEMBER 2019 FROM 7PM
WHERE: SIDNEY HARBOUR AND SURROUNDING AREA
COST: FREE – SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

More than 1 million spectators packed the foreshore of Sydney Harbour for this epic event of all ages. The spectacular firework display, choreographed to music, costs in the region of $6 million Australian dollars and is the responsibility of the Foti Fireworks.

2011 New Year Fireworks, Sydney, Australia

The Foti family is one of the original Italian Firework families who have been in the business of manufacturing and displaying fireworks since 1793 and professionalism and safety are at the core of everything they do. Eight generations of Foti have passed on their vast knowledge, love and passion for pyrotechnics and one of their mantra’s is ‘no pyro, no party’ which we have to say, we totally agree with.

Happy New Year... Welcome 2017

Last year, in an unprecedented error, the organisers of the light show inadvertently displayed the words ‘Happy New Year 2018 ‘ in error, but to be fair, this was not under the control of Foti Fireworks.

Here is what you can come to expect from this year’s event:

7pm – Fire Tug Water Display – spraying gallons of water into the sky which creates a magical sight before the setting sun.

7.30pm – Country and Smoking Ceremony – carried out by the indigenous Gadigal Elders – an aboriginal clan of people who welcome the world to the celebrations and offer purification ceremonies for the forthcoming year.

8pm – Aerial Flying display by Matt Hall, a 3rd generation pilot who formerly worked for the Royal Australian Air Force as a fighter pilot and latterly an instructor.  He also won the Red Bull Air Race World Championships in July and will thrill spectators with his death-defying abilities.

8.30pm – Pylon Projections and Lighting Effects – there will be a full light show projected onto all the buildings on the shore and harbour front.

9.00pm – Family Fireworks – this is the first of the firework events and a pre-cursor to the main event at midnight. The fireworks will be launched from barges on the Bay and from the Sidney Harbour Street.

9.08pm – Calling Country – a ceremony with live performances from the indigenous people’s representatives and concert at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

9.15pm – Harbour of Light Parade – all the shops and watercraft in the Bay area are decorated with colour and light in this enchanting choregraphed event.

12.00 – Firework Display from the Sydney Harbour, bridge and surrounding structures which will be televised around the World.

Last year’s countdown on the bridge was brilliantly done and the display met with rapturous applause.

A very happy New Year to all out Antipodean friends.

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Brisbane Sunsuper Riverfire 2015

WHAT: SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE 2015
WHERE: BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
WHEN: 26th SEPTEMBER 2015
WHY: IT’S PART OF THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL OF ARTS

Saturday 26th September will mark the end of the Brisbane Festival 2015, which this year begins on 5th September culminating in a MASSIVE FIREWORKS DISPLAY.

Over the three weeks running up the fireworks, the festival features comedy, theatre, music and dance performances from national and international representatives alongside circus skills, fire eaters and all manner of fringe performers.

Visitors on the Saturday night are encouraged to bring along their own food and drink to the event but there will also be a wide range of food and beverage concessions available.

For the last couple of years the spectators have been treated to some aerobatics from the ADF (Australian Defence Force) offering flyovers from the Super Hornets and Helicopters for the entertainment of the crowds from around 3.30pm onwards.

The display is another example of the efforts of the brilliant Foti Fireworks. The company was established over 200 years ago and has consistently been run by several generations of Foti which is now under the control of Salvatore and Fortuna Foti and their family.

Foti have been in control of all the pyrotechnics and special effects for Riverfire at the Brisbane Festival since 2005 and they have continued to amaze and astonish ever since. Riverfire is the second largest fireworks event produced in Australia annually and it is known to be one of the most technically challenging set ups in the industry as it is fired from several barges, multiple bridges and rooftops around Brisbane. Check out the best viewing spots here.

Here is last year’s display:

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Australia Day 2015

The 26th January marks the anniversary of the first British fleet arriving in what is now Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788 forming the new colony. Records of celebrations for what was originally called ‘Anniversary Day’ date right back to 1808, but it became referred to as Australia Day in 1935, eventually becoming a public holiday in 1994.

All over Australia, event planners have been working flat-out, organising everything from fun runs to mass picnics and of course fireworks. Over 500,000 revellers regularly view the massive display around Victoria harbour and Docklands. The display’s are all scheduled to begin at around 9:30pm, and will be followed with live music and entertainment into the night.

The biggest Australia Day fireworks display will be in Perth and it is the work of the inimitable Foti Fireworks who plan to fill the skies overhead with 10 tonnes of fireworks on Monday evening.

The professional display team, responsible for the New Years Fireworks seen across the globe from Australia, also confirmed that they will be trying out some new effects including some silver palm bursts with crackle centres alongside some quarter moon bursts which have been specifically created to correlate with one of the music tracks they are to choreograph to.

Fortunato Foti has lived and breathed fireworks since being born into one of the Worlds first firework families and as a 7th generation pyro-technician it is quite literally in the blood.

One comment made by Fortunato really struck a chord “however large a display is, 25% of the fireworks are in the last-minute of the finale which everyone remembers anyway”. That just left me trying to imagine 2 ½ tonnes of pyro in a minute WOW.

As always any Aussie, who can’t make it back home and wants to celebrate in Epic style, give us a ring for expert advice or visit our website www.epicfireworks.com, where you can view all our fireworks in action before you buy to give you an idea what to expect. You can visit our bespoke showroom just off junction 36 of the M1 between Sheffield and Barnsley.

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