Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House. Photo by Dan Boud

Sydney Opera House. Photo by Dan Boud

The World Heritage Listed Sydney Opera House is the symbol of modern Australia, the nation’s premier cultural institution, and the world’s busiest performing arts centre.

A masterpiece that belongs to all Australians, the Opera House embodies beauty, inspiration and the liberating power of arts and ideas. It welcomes 8.2 million visitors to the site each year, presents close to 1,900 performances to 1.4 million people and hosts 300,000 people on a guided tour of the building. The Opera House contributes $775 million to the national economy annually and has a cultural and iconic value estimated at $4.6 billion.

The Opera House’s 40th Anniversary celebrations in October 2013 were attended by over 40,000 people, including Anniversary patrons Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and reached a conservatively estimated audience of 260 million people through extensive media coverage. This underlined the Opera House’s centrality to NSW’s life and identity, visitor economy and the broader state and national economies.

The Vehicle Access and Pedestrian Safety (VAPS) project, wholly funded by the NSW Government and the largest construction project undertaken since the building was opened, is currently underway and will be completed in 2014. Building on VAPS, the Opera House is developing a Masterplan with support from the NSW Government to transform the Opera House for future generations of audiences, artists and visitors.

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