Docklands set to host ‘greatest drone show of all time’ for New Years Eve

By Brendan Rees

The Docklands are celebrating the New Year in style with Australia’s ‘biggest drone show’ to light up the night sky over Victoria Harbor.

The seven-minute show will see audiences in awe of 350 drones lighting up the skies – the first of its scale to ever take place in the Southern Hemisphere.

The unique aerial exhibit is developed by drone art company Celestial, which delivered the 2020 New Year’s Eve drone exhibit to Edinburgh, as well as a drone art creation for Amnesty International’s 60th anniversary.

The drone swarm will take place in Victoria Harbor on New Years Eve, before the 9:30 p.m. fireworks and again at midnight. It will also take place twice a night from January 3 to 30.

Mayor Sally Capp said the Docklands drone swarm “will celebrate our love for Melbourne and help revive the city.”

“For the best view, head to Victoria Harbor and support our wonderful sites and local workers,” she said.

“Fireworks, street parties and live music will add to the buzz, and we are thrilled to get people to celebrate with us in safety. ”

Celestial Co-Founder and CEO Tony Martin said his team were thrilled to design a “breathtaking” Melbourne New Years event.

“By working with famous local talent, our goal is to tell a story that takes audiences on a journey from the troubles of a difficult year to a greener, healthier and happier future,” he said.

Shane Wylie, executive director of the Docklands Chamber of Commerce, said: “We couldn’t be more excited about the celestial drone show that will be coming to Docklands twice a night throughout the month of January.”

“The House has continuously pushed for a long-term activation of the port and this is a perfect example of the kind of buzz that can create,” he said.

“We like that it’s not a dose of sugar – it’s not a one-time event that draws thousands of people and they go home. Rather, it will attract thousands of people every night for January. “

Mr Wylie said stakeholders and the public would see the event as a way to ‘move forward’ after the Docklands precinct was one of the hardest hit areas in Australia by the pandemic.

“This is exactly the kind of thing Docklands needs to reinvent itself,” he said.

We are very grateful to the city of Melbourne in this case, but also to Development Victoria for identifying Docklands as a priority to activate post-COVID. We know better than anyone how much our businesses have suffered and that an activation like this will mean the world to them.

“We hope this nighttime drone show will highlight how successful a permanent activation of some sort would be at the port.”

Four paid celebration zones will be set up in Docklands, Flagstaff Gardens, Alexandra Gardens and Treasury Gardens to help manage crowds and meet health and safety requirements.

Party goers can also enjoy fireworks and plenty of entertainment to celebrate the New Year with shows all night long •

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