Rotterdam will usher in the new year with a drone show

To celebrate the New Year, the City of Rotterdam in The Netherlands does not opt ​​for a traditional fireworks show during the upcoming New Year, but for a drone show. The drone light show will not be performed live in view of the corona measures, but has already been recorded in secret in recent weeks. Just before the countdown time at noon, viewers can watch the final result via a live stream.

Rotterdam will usher in the new year with a drone show

The show is an initiative of Rotterdam Light! and is performed by the Rotterdam company Mothership, in collaboration with DroneLightLabs and Studio Drift. Earlier, this collective also provided the drone show during Liberation Day, during which healthcare workers were encouraged.

Just like then, a few hundred drones will be on display, which together will portray all kinds of figures. However, the choreography is not performed live: in recent weeks, secretly recordings have been made at night in the vicinity of the Erasmus Bridge. The drone swarm took to the air several times, in order to be able to portray a whole series of animations in a final montage.

According to Jeroen Everaert of Mothership, the will be at least as impressive as a fireworks show, but less polluting.

“It’s an urban fairytale and fits perfectly with Rotterdam. The Philharmonic Orchestra plays a major role, but it is not just any classic. It is completely now,” Everaert said.

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Live stream

The show will be broadcast by RTV Rijnmond and will also be streamed live over the internet. The light show lasts 8 minutes in total and starts at 11:52 PM.


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This article first appeared on and is written by Wiebe de Jager who is also a DroneXL contributor.

Cover image: drone show New Year 2020 in Shanghai.

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Wiebe de Jager

Wiebe de Jager (@wdejager) is the founder of Dronewatch and author of several bestselling books about drone photography. Wiebe is a certified drone pilot and has a full ROC license.

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