2013 Midnight fireworks display on Sydney harbour and bridge

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

The theme for 2014 is Inspire  - a word that symbolises Sydney. Sydney inspires with its iconic beaches and stunning Sydney Harbour, and vibrant and diverse culture. Sydney inspires people from around the world to visit and explore, and inspires some to create new lives here.

This year’s Creative Ambassador is actor Jack Thompson AM PhD, a legendary figure of Australian cinema. He has starred in many acclaimed films, from Australian favourite The Man from Snowy River to Hollywood blockbuster The Great Gatsby. Jack Thompson has recorded series of Australian poetry and featured in dozens of TV programs. He has received multiple awards, and was acknowledged as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1986 for his accomplishments in the film industry.

Under the theme of Inspire, Jack will introduce the many stories ‘inspired by Sydney’ for 2014 Sydney New Year’s Eve. These stories will include some of Jack’s own tales inspired by the city, as well as those of other notable Sydneysiders and lesser-known locals.

Jack’s affinity with the city he grew up in, combined with his reputation as one of this country’s most accomplished storytellers, makes him an inspired choice to bring the 2014 Sydney New Year’s Eve theme to life.

How does Sydney inspire you in the New Year? Every individual, local or visitor, has a story to share that’s been inspired by Sydney.

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate these stories, as we gather together at Sydney’s biggest annual event in anticipation of new beginnings.

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

The City of Sydney wishes you all a safe, happy and ‘inspiring’ 2015.