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Renewal Intepretation Strategy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to telling stories about the people and creativity that have shaped its form, function and evolution – through the art we present, experiences we offer our visitors, and in our care and conservation of the building. These stories give us insight into the Opera House’s heritage significance and values, enshrined in its State, National and World Heritage listings.

The Opera House Renewal project seeks to renew this icon of 20th century architecture and performing arts for the 21st century. The first stage of the project will replace technology and machinery that has reached the end of its working life, open new areas to the public and ensure the Opera House is properly equipped to welcome all audiences and visitors. Importantly, the upgrades include accessibility improvements for patrons with mobility issues or disability, making the Opera House and its performances more accessible to the public.

The Opera House has developed a Renewal Interpretation Strategy to present the Opera House’s renewal within the context of its history, significance, function, value and aspirations. The development of the interpretation strategy was guided by Sydney Opera House Conservation Management Plan Fourth Edition (Alan Croker, 2017) and the Utzon Design Principles (Jørn Utzon, 2002).

Delivery of the strategy will be achieved through a coordinated program of work over five-years (2017-2022). It will include onsite exhibitions, visitor experiences and digital content. 

“Interpretation means all the ways of presenting the cultural significance of a place”

The Burra Charter: The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance, 2013

'Curtain of the Sun’ in the Joan Sutherland Theatre . Image: Max Dupain (1973)

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