Sydney New Year’s Eve is as world famous as the city itself, but if you think you’ve seen it all before, think again.

Every year we create a new theme and invite a Creative Ambassador to share their ideas and vision and bring the theme to life. This makes every Sydney New Year’s Eve celebration unique.

The theme for 2013 is Shine, a word that symbolises Sydney, from the way the sun glints on harbour waters, to the sparkle in the eyes of Sydneysiders, the glow on the faces of visitors and the brilliance of our fireworks – Sydney shines brightly in every way.

This year’s Creative Ambassador is one of Sydney’s most original and imaginative residents. Artist and musician Reg Mombassa is known around the world for his distinctive artwork, including his designs for clothing label Mambo, and for his music with pop bands Mental as Anything and Dog Trumpet.

Our creative ‘Mombassador’ will take us on a journey exploring this year’s theme and his vision of the city’s great landmarks, glittering harbour and vibrant villages. We won’t spoil the surprise, but we will tell you that 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve has been Mombassified!

Whether you join the 1.6 million visitors on the Sydney Harbour Foreshore or the millions watching on TV around the globe, join us as we welcome in the New Year with our world-famous fireworks display with the glittering Sydney Harbour as its backdrop.

The City of Sydney wishes you all a safe, happy and ‘shiny’ 2014.