An amazing week of live entertainment is set for the world’s most scenic scene as the Cahill Highway is transformed for the ELEVATE Sydney festival.
Thirty thousand free tickets are offered for the six-day event starting New Year’s Day, overlooking Sydney Harbor and Circular Quay.
Today, the NSW Government announced an excellent roster of more than 180 artists, including: dancing monkey star Tones And I, Tim Minchin, Baker Boy, Electric Fields, Marcia Hines and The Wiggles.
It will replace the harborside highway day and night for people of all ages. The event will also host the largest drone show in the Southern Hemisphere.
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said ELEVATE Sydney will help revive the spirit of the city and remind the world why tourists travel from all over the world to experience our way of life.
“The day after the fireworks, this event kicks off the new year with a celebration of what makes our city great,” Perrottet said.
“Nowhere else can you host this type of event, nowhere do we have a port, environment or weather – this is part of our ongoing vision to take our city from good to great.
“This has been a difficult time for hospitality and tourism, and we are committed to doing everything we can to get these industries back on their feet and ensure our people have a chance to enjoy the city again.”
As part of the NSW Government’s efforts to accelerate the recovery of the CBD, ELEVATE Sydney will offer Sydney residents and visitors the chance to experience entertainment spanning pop, disco, musical theatre, youth, family, sport and First Nations genres.
Stuart Ayres, Minister for Business, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Minister for Industry and Trade, said ELEVATE Sydney is part of the NSW Government’s plan to support the recovery and showcase the state and Harbor City to the world.
“Attracting more visitors to Sydney and regional NSW, providing them with high-quality experiences and offering a smorgasbord of events will push us towards our goal of becoming the Asia Pacific’s premier visitor economy and events capital by 2030,” said Ayres.
“We know that visitors and locals alike are looking for unforgettable experiences to Feel New – and what better way to immerse yourself against one of the best in the world at an event that combines the power of prosperity, dance, culture, art and community? gorgeous backdrops, Sydney’s gorgeous harbor.
“This is a very special and exciting event that will not only elevate Sydney and NSW to a global audience, but will also elevate our local talent, economy and community spirit,” said Ayres.
In a first in Australia, 500 choreographed drones will create a dazzling light show as a natural amphitheater over Sydney Cove at Skyshow. A boomerang, a waratah and a host of animations will tell a powerful story about Sydney’s past, present and hopes for 2022.
Experts from Finland, Germany and the USA traveled to Australia to train local operators in drone technology.
The Cahill Highway will be closed to traffic and pedestrians for the duration of ELEVATE Sydney, and public transport and alternative routes will be available for visitors and residents.
To learn more about the program and to reserve free tickets from December 2, visit: www.elevatesydney.com.