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2010 Event Media Release - Open Day

Open Day - get a glimpse behind the scenes of Sydney’s icon
Sunday 24 October 2010

Following on from the success of last year’s event, attended by more than 50,000 people, Sydney Opera House is once again throwing open our doors and inviting the people of New South Wales to see what happens behind the scenes at our free Open Day on Sunday 24 October.

Between 10am and 4pm visitors can follow in the footsteps of the famous, exploring backstage areas, experiencing spectacular audio and lighting demonstrations, and peeking into the dressing rooms used by superstars like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Connolly and Sting.

Open Day 2010 will be packed with a range of fun experiences for the whole family.  The Forecourt will taken over by interactive drumming group Rhythm Safari who will bring 600 drums and encourage visitors to participate in the largest group drumming classes ever seen at the House. 

Also on the Forecourt will be roving performers and origami workshops presented in association with Open Day partners NAB, where you can create your very own paper Sydney Opera House.

Adding to the party atmosphere will be a selection of world music acts presented by Café Carnivale on the Western Broadwalk.  Live performance will also take place inside the House with opera singers in the Opera Theatre, organ recitals in the Concert Hall, aerial performances in The Studio and ballet dancers in our largest rehearsal room.

Sydney Opera House chief executive Richard Evans said, “Open Day is about giving everyone the chance to see inside the House.  It’s about engaging with the larger community and showing people that Sydney Opera House belongs to everyone. People also get the opportunity to sample the wide range of performances and activities that we present all year long.”

Jaap Jonkman, nabbusiness general manager NSW/ACT said, “A vibrant arts sector is a reflection of a healthy and creative society. Sydney Opera House is at the centre of Australian creativity, both as a symbol and as a performing arts centre. We’re delighted to be able to help give the people of Sydney the opportunity to see behind the iconic sails.”

Members of the public are encouraged to sign-up at to be in the running to win some amazing prizes and to receive a range of special offers redeemable on the day.

“The Sydney Opera House, are you kidding me?  This place means so much to me.  I’m so excited about performing here.”  Liza Minelli

For further information contact:
Steven Reilly / 9250 7411 / 0434 148 504 /

The use of public transport is recommended.  Family groups can take advantage of the low cost Family Funday Sunday travel ticket which offers unlimited travel on buses, trains and ferries.   For up-to-date public transport information call 131 500 or visit


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