If Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks weren’t spectacular enough, they will now feature a special firework display designed by Hugh Jackman.
The 2017 display will celebrate Australia’s ‘yes’ vote for marriage equality with a cascading rainbow of fireworks as well as a dazzling, gold display developed by Jackman with fireworks director Fortunato Foti.
“My dad used to take me and my brothers and my sisters to watch the fireworks, so for me this is a very, very amazing day,” Jackman told reporters when making the announcement in Sydney on Friday.
“I was invited about eight years ago to be involved with the fireworks but I couldn’t be here and I regretted it so much that I actually invited myself this year.”
His display will feature gold and silver fireworks which will explode in the sky for about 20 seconds. It will be launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge off six pontoons and another six barges around the harbour.
It will be set to a song by one of the most renowned indigenous musicians Dr G Yunupingu.
“Wiyathul is often referred to as one of the most beautiful songs ever written,” Jackman said.
“In the midst of a lot of colour, sound, celebration, I would like to describe it as 20 seconds of beauty, reflection and a little moment of peace amongst all that.”