Melbourne’s Drone Swarm Will Finally Make Its Debut Throughout January

Two weeks on from when it was initially supposed to launch to bring in the new year over Melbourne’s Docklands, the drone swam featuring 350 drones will take to the skies at 9:30pm on Thursday, 13 January.

Delays in equipment arriving, and issues with staff isolating made the New Year’s Eve event impossible to hold, but British company, Celestial, is now ready to get the drones flying.

“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,” said Celestial co-founder, and chief executive, Tony Martin.

The drone show over the Docklands will be held twice a night until January 30, with sessions at 9:30pm, and 10:30pm. Tickets are not required, and its an entirely free event.

Each show will be accompanied by one of two compositions—the first by Victorian poet Ren Alessandra is about reconnecting with each other and the city. The second, ‘How The Platypus (Dulai Wurrung) Was Made’ is told and illustrated by Wurundjeri, Dja Dja wurrung and Ngurai illum wurrung artist Mandy Nicholson. 

“This is your chance to get down to Docklands and enjoy the first-ever drone show in Melbourne,” the Lord Mayor said. The drone swarm has been expertly choreographed to create an incredible show—featuring a unique series of images representing Melbourne and accompanied by special compositions.” said Lord Mayor, Sally Capp.

“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. Docklands provides an ideal venue with plenty of outdoor space to deliver this display safely—please remember to wear a mask and socially distance as required.”

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