Swarm welcome: Drone show ready to light up city after NYE grounding – The Age

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“We are incredibly excited to be delivering another landmark show that pulls together so many creative threads. The end result will be like nothing seen in Australia,” he said.

Mr Martin said Celestial, which delivered Edinburgh’s 2020 New Year drone show and Amnesty International’s 60th-anniversary display, saw the event as an opportunity to establish a permanent business presence in Australia.

“We want to create a world-class team to mirror the huge talents in our UK team. We see Melbourne as home from home and essential to our southern hemisphere business going forward.”

The eight-minute show, best seen from Harbour Esplanade, will be held twice-nightly until January 30. The first session will start at 9.30pm, followed by a show at 10.30pm, weather conditions permitting.

Cr Capp said Docklands was the ideal space to deliver the event safely, and she reminded people to wear a mask and keep their distance from others.

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“This is an entirely free event, and I would encourage everyone to book a local venue or sit along the harbour and enjoy the show,” she said.

The City of Melbourne recommends spectators be fully vaccinated and wear a face mask outdoors where physical distancing cannot take place. Those with COVID-19 symptoms or awaiting a test result should stay home.

The event, slated to become Australia’s largest drone show, was funded through the $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund, a partnership between the council and the state government to inject life back into the CBD.

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