Adelaide’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Elder Park will ring in the New Year with a sophisticated new look and feel, promising a fitting start to a Festival year.
Kicking off from 7pm, acts range from big band music to Bollywood dancers. Acting Lord Mayor David Plumridge said the cosmopolitan event would give people a fresh option to welcome 2012.
“This year Adelaide City Council, with support from our premium partners Business SA and KPMG, is putting on a unique and imaginative program with broad appeal and upbeat and energetic entertainment throughout the night,” David said.
Business SA Chief Executive Officer, Peter Vaughan, said that it is important to deliver these events and attract more people to the CBD.
“The city will be a great place to welcome in the New Year and this event will create a vibrant atmosphere and provide a boost for businesses throughout the area,” Mr Vaughan said.
Con Tragakis, Chairman of KPMG South Australia said, “KPMG is proud to sponsor Adelaide’s New Year’s Eve 2011 in Elder Park because we are committed to positively giving back to the community in which our people live and work. We are passionate about supporting this vibrant event and hope everyone has a great night”.
Award-winning Foti International Fireworks will light up the night at 9pm with its first round of pyrotechnics for the early revellers and then again at midnight for the late-night merry-makers.
“As in other years there will be two fireworks extravaganzas – but this time with a difference,” said Councillor Houssam Abiad.
Multi-talented composer and performer DJ Tr!p will match the midnight display with a soundtrack mixed especially for the night and will then keep the crowd grooving.
Adelaide’s hottest swing band Lucky Seven will get the night started with their mix of jazz, roots rock n' roll and rockabilly and the Atlantic Street Band will add jazz inspired grooves with a modern twist to the evening.
The Matsuri Taiko Japanese drumming group will ramp up the energy while colour and spectacle comes courtesy of Bollywood dancers Fusion Beats and Brazilian dancers Las Chicas Bomba.
Councillor Natasha Malani said, “The quality of acts appearing is outstanding and the variety will keep everyone revved up and entertained.”
For the first time, this year the event will be licensed allowing the audience to kick back with a glass of wine or beer. There will be plenty of dancing room, as well as picnic space provided for those who want to take it easy and soak up the atmosphere. But capacity is limited so get there early!
The historic Rotunda provides a focal point for the live entertainment and will be featured in a new light.
“New Year’s Eve in Elder Park is Adelaide’s must-see event to farewell the old year and bring in the new and it’s right in the heart of the city,” David said.
Visit cityofadelaide.com.au/nye2011 for more details.