Australia’s largest drone show for New Year’s Eve

Friday 17 Dec 2021

Docklands, Melbourne is set ring in the New Year in style with Australia’s “largest ever” drone show to light up the night sky over Victoria Harbour.

The seven-minute show will see audiences wowed by 350 drones illuminating the sky – the first of its scale to ever take place in the Southern Hemisphere. The unique aerial display is developed by drone art company Celestial, which delivered Edinburgh’s 2020 New Year drone display (see Youtube clip below - using 150 drones), as well as a drone art creation for Amnesty International’s 60th anniversary.

The drone swarm will take place across Victoria Harbour on New Year’s Eve, before the 9.30pm fireworks and again at midnight. It will also run twice a night from January 3 to January 30.

Celestial co-founder and CEO Tony Martin said his team was thrilled to be designing a “show-stopping” event for the Melbourne New Year. “Working with celebrated local talent, our aim is to tell a story that takes the audience on a journey from the troubles of a difficult year and into a greener, healthier, happier future,” he said.

Docklands Chamber of Commerce executive officer Shane Wylie said, “we can’t be any more excited about the Celestial drone show coming to Docklands twice nightly for all of January”. Mr Wylie said stakeholders and the public would see the event as a way of “moving forward” after the Docklands precinct was one of the hardest hit areas in Australia by the pandemic.

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