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'Fireworks' from smart phones for Sydney

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13 December 2012 by Luke McCormick

Kylie Minogue and the City of Sydney are encouraging more than one million people on the harbour for Sydney New Year's Eve to take part in a world-first NYE interactive colour light show.

The City and Telstra have developed a free smartphone app that will light up phone screens as coloured lights splash the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the end of 2012 and launch of 2013.

The synchronised Telstra Colour Moments - at 10.15pm, 11pm, 11.30pm and 11.45pm - will build excitement as the clock ticks closer to midnight, and app users will be reminded to hold their phones to the sky to be part of the celebration, as the harbour is transformed into a sea of colour.

NYE12 Creative Ambassador Kylie Minogue has worked with the City and Imagination Australia, and chosen magenta, yellow, purple and blue for the Telstra Colour Moments and fireworks, representing her Embrace theme.

"This year I want everyone to embrace during the fireworks," Kylie said.

"Whether it's embracing new ideas, change and opportunities, or just giving a big hug to your family and friends, it's something everyone can get involved in. So together, we are going to make this New Year's Eve the most memorable night ever."

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she was looking forward to the harbour foreshore filling with colour and excitement on New Year's Eve.

"If you are going to watch the fireworks from one of the many vantage points around Sydney Harbour, plan ahead and download this free phone app," the Lord Mayor said.

"The app lets you take part in the biggest interactive light show on Sydney Harbour - we hope it might even set a new Australian record for audience participation.

"The app will have useful information, including vantage point maps and updates about when different locations have reached capacity, as well as news feeds to keep up-to-date on the latest developments."

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