Sydney 2000: The city comes alive
Sydney's the life of the party
During the Sydney Olympics in 2000 the centre of the city came alive with visitors, locals and workers. The City of Sydney equipped dozens of staff members with cameras and instructed them to roam the Olympic city and record its fabulously festive atmosphere: tourists, spectators, party goers, performers and even the workers who pulled the whole show together.
We also commissioned historian Michelle Arrow and photographer Liz Cotter to document in voice and image the Olympic period in Sydney, culminating in an exhibition titled 'Our City Our Games' in 2001.
The voices and pictures in this video arose primarily from these projects and were mainly collected where most of the action was - partying crowds, the huge screens beaming in major events from Sydney Olympic Park and where the hosted entertainment took place.
Watch the video to the right to remember the biggest event ever organised in Sydney, and relive the extraordinary goodwill it generated.
The City's library network holds a special Olympics collection; and many images from the Olympics period can be viewed online at the City archives.
Last updated: Monday, 13 May 2013