Three barges, the iconic Big Ben and the incredible London Eye were all packed with pyrotechnics as midnight struck on 31st December, welcoming in the new decade in traditional style.
On what was probably one of the clearest night skies since September (we all recall how dreadful the weather was over the Bonfire Night season and beyond) it was set to be an outstanding night of pyrotechnics across the UK. However, despite the clear night, there had been a little shower earlier and it was very windy which added to the smoke issues.
They used the same ‘London is Open’ as for the Olympic 2012 event to welcome in the forthcoming EURO 2020 which the UK will be hosting. They even had some single shots spelling out the same. The finale was absolutely gorgeous.
Whilst it was lovely, you should check out the event at the Champs Elysee:
The use of lasers, coloured lighting and pyrotechnics were gorgeous and given the bad press about pollution, particularly following the Aussie PM’s decision to go ahead with the display in spite of a huge number of calls to cancel it. They decided that it should proceed thanks to the amount of investment and planning which had already taken place.
Well done to all the professional teams around the world who helped to ring in the New Decade.
WHAT: SILVESTERPFAD – NEW YEARS EVE WHY: NEW YEAR’S EVE TRAIL WHERE: VIENNA, AUSTRIA WHEN: 31ST DECEMBER 2019 – 1ST JANUARY 2020 COST: FREE EVENT
New Year’s Eve is known as Silvester in Austria and is the Roman Catholic feast day of the same-named pope and latterly the saint who died on the 31 December AD 335. However, this has no relevance to how the Austrian’s celebrate and welcome in the upcoming year.
One of the biggest open-air parties in Europe is taking place all around Vienna and this year it celebrates its 30th year. Silversterpfad translates as New Year’s Eve Trail and is an event that has 12 locations and stages with live entertainment, music, and shows. The choice is varied from soul to pop and rock, funk dance and much more, just by moving sites you can party like it’s any year.
With this year being the 30th celebration it has been promised to be bigger and better than ever. The slogan for this year’s celebration is “Vienna Connects” focusing on togetherness in Vienna with 12 hours full of celebrations, laughter, dancing, flirting along with giving luck a helping hand with comedy and magic.
Highlights of the Event
Encounter Zone – “Friends in Vienna” – this special attraction has been introduced this year at the square between Café Landtmann and Burgtheatre. As well as a DJ stage and “Bussie Bar” it is a space to bring people together and meet up in a fun but uncomplicated way making sure that no one spends New Year’s Eve alone.
Street of Luck – Take a peek into your future beforehand as the Teinfaltstasse is transformed with stalls offering free and varied entertainment such as horoscopes, fortune-telling, tarot readings and magic giving guests an amount of love, health and wealth for the forthcoming year.
Music for the eyes – bringing for the first time a visual jockey to the stage this section of the event is a visual and musical delight. Along with the jockey there will be large led screens where video artists will show impressive images and animations in real-time along to the musical performances on the stage creating an illusion of both light and sound.
Known and Beloved – Sticking to the cherished traditions of the Viennese trail the giant Christmas chandeliers will light up the pedestrian area along the street in the heart of the city. Beneath them Vienna’s ballroom dancing schools offering free waltz lessons for everyone. The Austrian mint is also out and about along the Grabben, pick up your 2020 coin available in silver or copper dedicated to the Vienna Music Association (Wiener Musikverein). Another tradition is a giant screen set up outside the Vienna state opera house showing high lights from the Staatsoper’s opera productions including a live broadcast of Johann Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus” from 7pm. For the little ones in the family, they can enjoy the cheeky and funny stars of the “Hallo Okidoki” Show.
To keep your energy up and make sure that everyone is fed and watered throughout the evening there is a choice of bars and restaurants available along with dozens of food stalls scattered around the Sivesterpfad. (Please note that there is a deposit scheme in place for cups and plates encouraging people to return and reuse).
The most popular highlight of the festival each year is, of course, the musical fireworks over the Rathaus. Starting at 8pm DJ’s warm up the crowds and heat up the atmosphere at the Riesenradplatz with a selection of music for all tastes. At the stroke of midnight, the spectacular show kicks off lighting up the skies in an abundance of sound, colour, and effects lasting 12 minutes, leaving a smoky haze and smell of gunpowder around Vienna.
Leave 2019 behind and celebrate the New Year with over 700,000 locals and visitors at this unique party experience in the beautiful city of Vienna.
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.