For the third year, Grand Park and The Music Center bring the New Year home. And this year the celebration promises to be the biggest yet, with more entertainment options and new opportunities for Angelenos, family and friends to connect with each other. Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A., which takes place from 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day, will cover 90 acres from The Music Center Plaza to City Hall (Hope Street to Main Street) and from Temple Street to 2nd Street. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend.
This year’s celebration will highlight Los Angeles’ dynamic music scene, with live performances by Los Angeles-based rock, Latin alternative, indie pop, and electronic bands, as well as dancing to some of Los Angeles’ top DJs.
A series of animated light projections will appear on the facades of three buildings—the west and south faces of City Hall, the south face of the Hall of Records and the north face of The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion—surrounding and connecting audiences in the park, on The Music Center Plaza and on adjacent streets. These projections will appear to “bounce” from one building to the next and back again. The projections will culminate in a spectacular countdown to midnight.
Three large-scale visual art installations created by Los Angeles-based artists and community organizations will add to the spirit of the evening. The Do Art Foundation and The Ubuntu Dance Project will partner to create “Mirror Box,” in which live contemporary dancers will perform a site-specific piece inside a 16-foot-long by 12-foot-wide two-way mirrored glass rectangle. Audiences will witness the performance when the lights are turned on inside the box and see their reflections when the lights are turned off. Artist Daniel Gonzalez of Self-Help Graphics and Art will create “Sombras,” a large-scale shadow puppet gallery with representations of people celebrating New Year’s Eve around the world, as well as in Los Angeles. In addition, Lightriders Productions will create “Light Bright,” a vertical suspended grid of glowing, ever-changing two-foot lanterns that will spell out New Year’s Eve messages above the crowd. The three art installations will be located along 1st Street.
Admission to the event is free, and Metro services runs 24 hours on New Year’s Eve with free fares from 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1.
For more information, visit grandparkla.org/nyela.