Shorn of the New Year’s Eve fireworks, the London Eye has – like the vast majority of us – had to make other plans for December 31. So, as with many events this year, they’re taking the celebrations online, with a colourful pre-recorded light display to hero memorable moments from the past year, and to welcome in 2022. The ‘Review of 2021’ will hit the London Eye’s social channels from 4pm on New Year’s Eve, and feature fifteen unforgettable moments of 2021.
To avoid crowds gathering around the Eye, the whole show was pre-recorded earlier this month, so the only place you’ll find it on New Year’s Eve is online. Per Sunny Jouhal, General Manager of the London Eye, “The unique virtual light show is our dazzling tribute to the nation, and a way of recognising and remembering the moments in 2021 that made an impact on our lives as we enter into a new year.”
Moving through 2021 in chronological order, the London Eye light show will encompass sporting events like the Tokyo Olympics, Emma Raducanu’s US Open victory, and of course, a little tribute to England’s efforts in the men’s Euro 2020 football tournament. There will also be tributes to Pride month, the ongoing fight against Earth’s environmental crisis, NHS workers for their efforts during the pandemic, and a remembrance of Prince Phillip, who passed away in April.
It’ll be two minutes of non-stop “wasn’t that lovely?”/”wait, that was THIS year?”, helping us to process what the press release tactfully calls an “eventful year”. Swirling colours and light patterns will help depict each event, and whilst 365 days of news and happenings might seem a lot to pack into a two minute show, it really was quite a busy year…
Also published on Medium.