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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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COURCHEVEL 2020

WHAT: COURCHEVEL 2020
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PYROTECHNIC ART
WHEN: 13TH FEBRUARY 2020 – 5TH MARCH 2020
WHERE: COURCHEVEL SKI RESORT, FRENCH ALPS
COST: FREE TO ALL STAYING AT THE RESORT

One of the highlights of the Ski Season in Courchevel is the spectacular firework competition. Held over the stunning snow-capped French Alps, it is truly a sight to see.

This competition is one of the first in the display calendar taking place only days before the opening event of the PIPC (Philippine International Firework Competition). Last year, the winners of this huge event were the fantastic representatives from the UK; Pyrotex Fireworx who lifted the trophy after a great display.  They were precise, with some incredible colour combinations, which has frankly become the norm for this team. They were very narrowly beaten into second place at the Danang International Firework Competition in 2019.  Their finale filled the snow-filled sky with incredible brocades and dragon eggs. They took on the best of the rest of the World with representatives from France, Italy, Brazil, and the Philippines.

Courchevel Fireworks Festival

This year, the festival theme is going to be ‘Winter is Coming’ in a nod to one of THE most popular television series in the last 10 years.

The event also includes a beautiful torchlit descent by the instructors and teaching staff at Courchevel, where the only sound is the ski’s passing over the crisp snow, and the crackling of flames.

The French Alps are renowned for being VERY expensive and are full of socialites from across Europe and beyond. However, there are cheap eats to be had from Snowfood La Pizza Gourmande where traditional stonebaked pizza is a specialty to the more expensive fine dining of Bistro Le C which offers a competitively priced menu where you can expect to pay around €80 per head including wine (mid-price range).

Here is a video of the winning show from last year:

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DUBAI NEW WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT FOR NYE 2020

WHAT: GRUCCI TO MAKE ANOTHER WORLD RECORD BREAKING ATTEMPT IN THE UAE ON NEW YEARS EVE
WHY: WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
WHEN: 31ST DECEMBER 2019
WHERE: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
COST: FREE

It is no surprise to anyone that Dubai holds numerous Guinness World Records already, and this New Year’s Eve they have sent their sights on adding another two to the list.

Having achieved World Records for the last 2 years running: in 2018 they set the record for the largest aerial shell weighing 1087.26kg and reached a height of around 1127m and on New Year’s Eve 2019, they broke a further two with one for the longest chain of fireworks and secondly for the longest straight line of fireworks in one display.

For 2020 the tourism officials have promised the #RAKNYE2020 will be one of the biggest and best performances yet as they have fireworks, laser pyro drones, and other pyrotechnics on offer to usher in the New Year.

The countdown to 2020 will be opened by the pyro drones that shoot out fireworks and then watch the skies above being lit up in a kaleidoscope of colours and effects as the fireworks along with special Japanese aerial shell fireworks are released into the night sky.

As well as the pyrotechnics, there is plenty to do on the ground as starting from around 5pm, there will be kids activities, food trucks, ice cream stands, live performances, celebrity guests including top performers from around the world gathering together to make the evening one of biggest and best to have ever been seen before.

There are three new venues that have been allocated to watch the fireworks are next to Al Hamra village – Al Shohadah Street and Al Wasi Street between Al Marjan Island and Al Hamra village with special parking areas. All the venues are open for free to the public.

More than 11,000 fireworks were released into the air last year and this is nowhere near enough for the Ras Al Khaimah is now up stepping a gear and plans on going well bigger and better to celebrate the year 2020.

The pyro will be handled by the team from Grucci once again who have proven to be world-beaters in the records books.  The Grucci family moved to the USA in 1870 as one of the original Italian firework families and they still bring joy today, five generations later.

We wish them the best of luck and will bring you some further updates as soon as we have them.

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