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The City of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display is the world’s largest and most technologically advanced New Year’s Eve fireworks display. It draws larger crowds than Paris (100,000), London (700,000), Berlin (1 million) and New York City (1 million).

The 9PM Family Fireworks and Midnight Fireworks displays are watched by about 1.6 million people around Sydney Harbour, telecast to a further 2.7 million people at home across Australia and estimated to reach about 1.1 billion people worldwide.

Images of the Sydney New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks and Bridge Effect reach an estimated 1 billion people around the world.

Each year the top-secret Sydney Harbour Bridge Effect is a highly anticipated part of the night and is only revealed following the end of the Midnight Fireworks display. The effect has been a highlight since the mid-1990s when a smiley face appeared on the bridge.

Other bridge effects have included a peace symbol and dove (2002), a heart (2005), an hourglass (2007) and Kylie Minogue’s lips and a butterfly (2012).

Over 1,000 accredited personnel work on the night of the event to ensure everything runs smoothly, with 300 volunteers also pledging their time and support to help with Sydney New Year’s Eve.

The night begins when the words ‘Welcome to Sydney’ are projected on the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 17 languages, including English, Gadigal, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Greek, Italian, Swahili, Korean, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese. These languages represent Sydney’s top migrant populations and tourist nationalities.

The fireworks display is carefully designed by Sydney’s Foti International Fireworks, led by Fireworks Director Fortunato Foti, and requires a pyrotechnical crew of 45 people. This is the 14th consecutive year the company has been involved in Sydney New Year’s Eve. Foti Fireworks is a carbon-neutral company that uses carbon credits, low-environmental-impact fireworks and recycling.

Approximately 11,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects will be used in the display, which is made up of 7 tonnes of fireworks. Fourteen shipping containers of equipment, weighing 120 tonnes, are needed for both the 9PM & Midnight Fireworks.

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* Facts and figures current as at time of publication.