With less than 2 months to go, the Sydney New Year’s Eve 2016 coin, produced in partnership by the City Of Sydney & the Royal Australian Mint, has gone on sale while more details have emerged about this year’s event.
Each year, the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular thrills millions of people around the world as they await the arrival of their own new year. This 2017 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Coin is every bit as magnificent as the fireworks that light up Sydney Harbour. Have it with you when the clock strikes midnight on the 31st of December & keep it as a fond reminder of that magical moment.
With a mintage of 5000, this 1/2 an ounce 99.9% silver coin with a diameter of 35.89mm is a fantastic souvenir to keep of this year’s event.
Go to the Royal Australian Mint’s new release section to view and order now. Price: AUD$60 (Australia) and AUD$54.55 (International).
With the Royal Australian Mint coin not revealing much new regarding a theme, it adds to speculation we made in early September that there will be no theme this year – potentially breaking a tradition since the late 1990’s.
The place on the Sydney New Year’s Eve website – the ‘About’/’Welcome’ page – where we found confirmation of last year’s theme, ‘City Of Colour’, had it’s message changed recently but the new message did not confirm or indicate a theme – it was still very generic. The page has since reverted back to it’s original message but with some small changes.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)’s broadcast has been confirmed to be a 4 hour broadcast again with live closed captions available.
Recently, it was confirmed the full broadcast will be in high definition (HD) for the first time since the late 2000’s. This is a result of the ABC’s transition of HD from ABC News 24 to ABC on the 6th of December. In recent years, only the 9pm Family & Midnight Fireworks were simulcast on ABC News 24 in HD.
To watch Sydney New Year’s Eve 2016 in HD, you will need a MPEG-4 compatible television.
Regarding content of the broadcast, whilst we were hoping for a little more improvement in the broadcast, it is looking likely to be a ‘duplication’ of last year’s broadcast, after this small teaser of details was released recently:
Our annual, live broadcast from the Sydney Opera House celebrating the New Year and the our spectacular fireworks. Hosted by ABC personalities and incorporating bespoke segments from ABC shows, including Childrens’ TV, The Pub Quiz, a wrap up of the year’s event and crosses from around the country including music from the Falls Music Festivals.
The audio description of the event will also be done by the ABC. You can listen to it this year via the ABC Radio app or the ABC Extra digital radio station. It will describe the Welcome To Country, 9pm Family Fireworks, Harbour Of Light Parade & Midnight Fireworks. In previous years, this has been done by 2RPH.
Also, Auslan interpretations will again be a feature of the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projections with the words ‘Welcome To SydNYE’ being communicated via Auslan on both the eastern & western pylons.
This year’s major announcements will be held on the 12th of December (media launch), the 29th of December (fireworks barges preparation) & on NYE itself. Some other announcements may be made between the 12th & 29th of December so keep an eye out on here for news as it appears!
But as we approach the 12th of December, the main question remains – themed or not to be themed?