Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes celebrates New Year’s Eve at Foreshore Park with representatives of entertainment providers Bliss Cavanagh (Happy Senses), Luke Russell (indigenous arts group Wylaa Buuranliyn) and Tom Pahlow (Fabulist Umbra Puppetry)
Newcastle will bid farewell to 2021 with the return of a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations to Foreshore, and the much-loved family-friendly event will close at 9 PM with a dazzling fireworks display.
DJ sets, traveling entertainers and amusement rides will provide a fun and festive atmosphere throughout the waterfront, which will be enlivened by a series of events spread along Wharf Road.
Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said he looks forward to the safe return of the Foreshore celebrations and fireworks display, the most popular community event on the city’s calendar, after a COVID-imposed hiatus in 2020.
Cr Nelmes said, “Our city is going through one of the most challenging periods in recent history and after two challenging years, we are ready to come together to welcome 2022 as a society.”
“The well-being of our community is the City of Newcastle’s top priority, so we are planning the celebration in close consultation with leading agencies to ensure that all necessary COVID-19 safety measures are in place and social distancing can be maintained.
“It will be great to celebrate the new year and bid farewell to 2021 with family friendly events and the return of the 9 PM fireworks display to Newcastle Foreshore.
“By holding our much-loved New Year celebrations, we will support local artists, entertainers and vendors who have been hit hard by the effects of the COVID-19 restrictions and recent lockdowns.”
Cr Nelmes said that for those heading to the Foreshore on New Year’s Eve, a host of events, amusement rides, food vendors and market stalls will be offered, allowing people to spread out across the region from Lynch’s Hub to The Station.
“The hallmark of City of Newcastle’s New Year’s Eve events is the free entertainment and activities,” said Cr Nelmes.
“Foreshore travelers can grab a picnic blanket and sit in front of the DJ of their choice, take the kids to a variety of events, including Indigenous art workshops, or visit the popular VIP sensory area specially designed for the disabled before settling in. To see the sky come alive with color during the 9pm fireworks display.
“We look forward to bringing our community together and saying goodbye to 2021 and welcoming 2022 with hope and optimism, as a recent survey tells us that the Foreshore New Year’s Event is generating the most interest among residents.”
The decision to continue the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Foreshore was made in consultation with NSW Health and with the support of NSW Police. Preparations continue in line with recommendations from the NSW Government and local authorities to ensure the safety of all participants, contractors and employees.
There will be no traditional New Year’s Eve main stage concert this year to ensure attendees comply with social distancing requirements.