Happy New Year! Sydney is one of the first places in the world that welcomes the new year, so the whole area becomes abuzz in anticipation of the New Years Eve festivities, which include the world-renown fireworks celebration. Since my arrival, a slew of notable folks from the entertainment world have visited Sydney; Kanye West premiered his movie at the Opera House… or should I say Oprah House? Yes, Oprah was here with 300+ guests. No I did not get to see her, but I did get a chance to see U2. Their special guest was Jay-Z. (No, Beyonce didn’t perform, but she and Jay-Z were spotted around Sydney). U2 and Jay-Z performed before a sold out 80,000 seat stage at the Olympic Park Stadium. The music was fantastic. In the middle of the concert, Bono introduced a clip designed for the concert featuring Bishop Dr. Desmond Tutu, which called attention to political refugees all over the world. So it was a night of hip-hop, global activism, and world music at its best.
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