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Sydney Opera House Celebrates Reconciliation 


Sydney Opera House today launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) during NAIDOC Week, reinforcing its commitment to reconciliation. Sydney Opera House’s RAP 2012/13 builds on the progress made in its inaugural RAP last year by focusing on expanding Indigenous programming and audiences and increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and training opportunities.
Sydney Opera House is currently the only performing arts centre in Australia to have implemented a RAP. The plan was launched last year to provide a framework for increasing future Indigenous engagement with the performing arts.
Jonathan Bielski, Sydney Opera House Acting CEO, said twelve months into the House’s reconciliation journey, real progress has been made.

“Our 2012 Message Sticks festival, a week-long festival celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and knowledge keepers, was the centrepiece of our RAP achievements in 2011/12. With Rhoda Roberts appointed to the newly created senior position, Head of Indigenous Programming, we expanded the festival into a fully-fledged multi-arts festival that attracted over 10,000 people,” Mr Bielski said.

Year One RAP Results:

• Expansion of Message Sticks festival
• Five Indigenous Schools Based Trainees placed across SOH
• Indigenous Work Experience program implemented with 12 students completing a five day course
• Significant increase in programming of Indigenous work
• Number of Indigenous SOH employees increased with the appointment of Rhoda Roberts, Head of Indigenous Programming and Alec Doomadgee, Associate Producer, Indigenous Programming

 “As a performing arts centre, a tourist destination and a national icon, Sydney Opera House is in a unique position to exhibit, promote and support Indigenous arts and culture, language and community. As an organisation, we are committed to further weaving reconciliation principles into the fabric of all that we do at the House,” Mr Bielski added.

Sydney Opera House would like to thank Reconciliation Australia for their input and guidance on implementing its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan.

More information on Sydney Opera House’s Reconciliation Action Plan can be found at: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/about_us/community/reconciliation_action_plan.aspx
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MEDIA CONTACT: Hannah Le Coic, Communications Specialist
02 9250 7411/ 0434 148 504 /
hlecoic@sydneyoperahouse.com

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