The Sydney New Year’s Eve 2015 – ‘City Of Colour’ Harbour Bridge pylon projections will feature an Auslan interpreter signing on both east & west sides for the 1st time.
Complementing the creative projections on the Bridge pylons, the Auslan interpreter will sign ‘Welcome To Sydney’ & ‘City Of Colour’ in the official sign language of Australia’s deaf community.
A live audio description broadcast will also be available & 4 new accessible vantage points will help make this year’s event the most inclusive yet.
“This year’s theme is ‘City Of Colour’ – it’s a celebration of the unique, diverse and inclusive beauty of Sydney & we want everyone to enjoy the show,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“Our research shows almost 70% of people with a disability who attended last year’s Sydney New Year’s Eve did so because there were accessible vantage points & services on offer. Now we are taking things to the next level ensuring key elements of the celebrations are accessible too.”
Sydney New Year’s Eve accessible vantage points cater for people with a disability, their family, friends & carers. Each site caters for a range of accessibility requirements – sensory, neurological, psychological & cognitive and learning disabilities.
Family-friendly vantage points include Pirrama Park in Pyrmont. The Park has an accessible spinner designed to accommodate 3 wheelchairs as well as several other children – so kids can have fun in the build up to the celebrations.
Accessible vantage points are: Barangaroo Reserve, Bradleys Head, Cahill Expressway, Goat Island, Mary Booth Reserve, Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Nielsen Park, Pirrama Park & the Sydney Opera House.
More information on the accessible vantage points & services is available at sydneynewyearseve.com.
The website also features maps showing the most accessible routes to some vantage points, accessible public toilets, transport information & other points of interest.
A live audio description of the night’s celebrations will be broadcast from 8:30pm on 100.5FM 2RPH DIGITAL & online at 2rph.org.au.
For those staying at home, live closed captions will be available on ABC TV’s broadcast of the celebrations, while the soundtrack to the 9pm Family Fireworks & the Midnight Fireworks will be simultaneously broadcast on 104.1 2DayFM.
The City of Sydney prides itself on ensuring Sydney New Year’s Eve is a safe, inclusive, free & enjoyable event for all.
For more information on the City’s accessibility services on the night & to book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 9265 9325.
Sydney New Year’s Eve 2015 – ‘City Of Colour’ is proudly supported by the ABC, Telstra, Production Resource Group, The Electric Canvas, Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney, Coca-Cola Amatil, Crown Lager, De Bortoli Wines, El Jimador, Interface, McWilliam’s Wines, The Menzies Sydney, The P.A. People, 2DayFM, APN Outdoor, the Royal Australian Mint & New South Wales Government agencies and landholders including the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority & the Sydney Opera House Trust.
Media Release: City Of Sydney