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2011 Event Media Release - Open Day

Media Release
OPEN DAY 2011  
It’s free.  And it’s all yours for the exploring!
Sunday 16 October - Sydney Opera House 

It’s an invitation to Aussies and travellers, for the little kids and the big kids - the chance to see what really lies beneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House at its annual, free Open Day on Sunday 16 October. 

Between 10am and 4pm members of the public can experience areas that are usually off limits on a self-guided backstage tour of the much loved iconic building.  

Visitors can tiptoe backstage and imagine life as a star with access to dressing rooms that have recently hosted renowned performers such as John Cleese, Sting, The Cure or even The Gruffalo, Charlie and Lola and Yo Gabba Gabba.
Other highlights for Open Day 2011 will include delving below sea level and exploring the inside of a submarine on the set of Kursk; dreaming of life as a prima ballerina with tutus on display as part of The Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary exhibition or patting a baby dinosaur thanks to roving entertainment by Erth.

There will be beautiful costumes and visual exhibits at Open Day 2011 by some of Australia’s most loved arts companies including Bell Shakespeare, Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Theatre Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Sydney Opera House Chief Executive Richard Evans said that Open Day is the perfect excuse for some new faces to head to the House.

“Jørn Utzon designed the building with the community in mind, to create a space that everyone could own and enjoy,” Mr Evans said.

“We are opening our doors on Open Day and extending an invitation to anyone who’s ever chugged past on a ferry, admired the sails on a visit to the city or jogged around the House on a lunch break, to bring the whole family along and find out a little more about what happens inside one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world,” Mr Evans said.  

Members of the public are encouraged to sign up at  for exclusive discount coupons for the day; some tops tips on enjoying Open Day as well how to win some amazing prizes.

For further information contact:
Hannah Le Coic / 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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