In the spirit of hope across the London Borough of Greenwich, Jack Morton and the Mayor of London vibrantly ushered in 2022 with a secret, multi-location, and live spectacle via the BBC.
Cued by the chimes of Big Ben at midnight, the 13-minute show began with an original spoken-word piece by poet Tomfoolery, which was performed by actor and theatre-star Giles Terera. Following this performance, the broadcast continued with an epic display of lights, fireworks, and 500 drones to brighten the skies above the Old Royal Naval College. For the first time, the show included live performances to showcase London’s world-class creative talent, which had been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While nodding to London’s key achievements of 2021, the spectacle looked towards the new year with optimism and hope, highlighting the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro in London and Notting Hill Carnival as events to look forward to in the coming year.
“We couldn’t be happier to have delivered this year’s incredible show, hand in hand with our outstanding partners, for the 18th consecutive year. This year the team has worked tirelessly to deliver this show, to tell London’s story and deliver a message of hope and unity,” Kara Porter, Creative Director at Jack Morton, said.