Sydney Opera House 50th anniversary line-up announced

NSW Government

Tim Minchin, Vance Joy and Ngaiire & Sydney Symphony Orchestra will join an impressive line-up of performances, events and experiences celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House.

Supported by the NSW Government’s Blockbusters Funding initiative, the year-long season of special events will kick off next month and reach its finale at the Opera House’s 50th birthday in October 2023.

Minister for Tourism and the Arts Ben Franklin said the 50th anniversary season will showcase the best of contemporary culture from major Australian and international artists, with more than 200 performances, events and experiences presented on the Opera House’s famous sails, in its theatres, on the Forecourt and online.

“The Opera House is a global beacon of creativity and I’m thrilled the NSW Government is supporting the 50th anniversary celebrations through a world-class program for the entire community,” Mr Franklin said.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Opera House’s immense contribution to the cultural fabric of our nation, and to attract more people from across NSW and around the world to experience this extraordinary building and all it has to offer.

“The newly refurbished Concert Hall, together with the Opera House’s other world-class venues and new creative and gathering spaces, offer the perfect setting to ensure that artists, audiences and visitors can experience the full potential of this magnificent building.”

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said everyone is welcome to experience what is on offer and reflect on the Opera House’s past, present and future.

“After 50 years of creativity and a decade of renewal, we’re throwing the doors open and inviting everyone to be part of a year-long festival celebrating the building, its history and all forms of contemporary culture,” Ms Herron said.

The Opera House is the nation’s most visited tourist destination, one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres and a State, National and World Heritage listed site.

Visit the Sydney Opera House website for the full list of events.

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