Sydney launches app-happy NYE
With a $6.6 million budget and Kylie as their ambassador, Sydney's New Years Eve celebrations will include light projections and a smartphone app which will synchronise with the fireworks.PT2M12S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2axep 620 349 December 6, 2012
IN what the Lord Mayor has called a "world first", Sydneysiders without harbour views this New Year's Eve can console themselves with iFireworks.
Clover Moore showed off a new app at Thursday's announcement of the 2012 NYE shenanigans, promising it would "light up phone screens as coloured lights splash the Sydney Harbour Bridge".
Punters who download the app can hold their phones up by the harbour side to help be part of the interactive light show, while those less inclined to head along in person can feel some of the effect without leaving their lounge room.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore during the launch of 2012 New Year's Eve at Circular Quay. Photo: Dallas Kilponen
Using the app, revellers will also be able to send text messages to the bridge, which will be displayed on LED lights on the pylons.
Those who can't be bothered with the apps or plan on being too shaky to use them will get plenty of kicks by looking at the sky, said fireworks director Fortunato Foti, who will fashion 7000 kilograms of pyrotechnics into the shapes of koalas, bees, hands, feet, birds and octopuses.
Mr Foti said some of the fireworks had been designed by school children.
Kylie Minogue ... announced Sydney's New Year's Eve celebration plans. Photo: Getty Images
"Love" and less noble versions of it are being heavily promoted this year. The event’s creative ambassador for 2012, Kylie Minogue said she wanted "everyone to embrace during the fireworks".
Minogue chose the theme ("Embrace") and the colour scheme (mostly pink and purple).
The Lord Mayor, who attended Thursday's launch on the 12-deck Carnival Spirit cruise ship, did her bit in a matching purply-pink jacket and skirt.
Ms Moore promised a "carbon neutral" New Year's Eve, with "biodegradable fire cracker cases".