Spectacular Sydney Fireworks mark the beginning of International Year of Light

02-01-2015

A giant lightbulb that illuminated the Sydney Harbour Bridge shortly after midnight on 1 January 2015, kicked off the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies. A 15 storey light bulb was also projected onto one of the bridge pylons at the end of a spectacular New Years Eve Fireworks display.

Over the next twelve months, there will be a host of activities, festivals and events across Australia to celebrate importance of light in our daily lives. Some of the highlights include Melbourne’s Light in Winter Festival, Iridescence at the South Australia Museum, Enlighten in Canberra and VIVID in Sydney.

Photo credit: Loic Lagarde, Flickr

CUDOS, a gold sponsor, will be organising a year long series of events and will be focusing on developing it’s International Outreach resources, teaching photonics science to schools students.

The International Year of Light opening ceremony will be held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 19 and 20 January. Professor Ben Eggleton and Dr Darren Hudson will represent CUDOS at the two day event.