New Year’s Eve fireworks director Fortunato Foti (left) with daughter, 18-year-old Elena (centre) speaking to the media with producer Aneurin Coffey (right) at White Bay, Berth 3, Robert Street, Rozelle, in Sydney’s inner-west.
Fortunato Foti told Digital Journal how he became involved in the fireworks business: “Well, I’m seventh generation, so it’s been in the family since 1793. So someone probably thought it was a good idea at the time.” He said.
There will be two fireworks displays, one at 9pm (suitable for younger children) and the main one at midnight. The displays will feature 7,000 kilograms of explosive devices. There will be 11,000 aerial shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects that will go off from barges, city rooftops and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Mr Foti told Digital Journal how the fireworks display is put together “Obviously the music plays an important part, within the show itself, so we choreograph the fireworks to suit the particular music that is being played.
“Obviously, we have a large range of fireworks designs and effects that we can implement and put inside the show itself and with the new effects that we use each year, it helps.”
This year Kylie Minogue who is the ‘Creative Ambassador’ will be celebrating her 25th year in music and the show will pay tribute to her. “In the midnight show there’s a segment there with musical notes; semi quavers and quavers. Being, obviously the musical icon that she is we thought that was quite appropriate.” Mr Foti said.
Fireworks shown on a barge moored at White Bay, Rozelle with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background.
New Year’s Eve app
In 2012 there will be a special smartphone app that will let users become part of the display by lighting up the sky in tandem with four light shows at 10:15pm, 11pm, 11:30pm and 11:45pm. The app can be downloaded here.
Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas and Operation Commander, Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke announced Operation Paramount, a high-visibility policing strategy.
More than 1.5 million people are expected to celebrate the New Year in Sydney. Police are working with the City of Sydney, event organisers and other government agencies to provide family-friendly vantage points, with a strong police presence, increased security, additional alcohol-free zones and improved barricading systems.
Where to watch the fireworks?
The various vantage points are listed here with details of facilities, etc.
For those that can’t watch the fireworks celebrations in person, the event can be seen live on the Nine Network or the live stream can be viewed here. The fireworks will also be broadcast on 104.1 - 2Day FM radio.