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Celebrating 45 years

Celebrating 45 years

13 - 28 October

In recognition of our 45th anniversary, the centenary of Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon and reaching the mid-point in our decade of Renewal, we have planned a number of memorable activities to mark the occasion.

Consider Utzon’s legacy with a panel of Danish architects. Immerse yourself in the world of Jørn Utzon with a free exhibition that journeys through the famed architects work and inspiration from his global travels. Bring along the kids to be inspired to draw, build and learn at the free Utzon’s Universe Children’s Workshops.

The Sydney Opera House’s 45 year celebrations are enabled through the generous support of Michael and Manuela Darling.

What's On

Jørn Utzon is one of the best-known architects in the world, with a legacy that has influenced countless others. In this exclusive event to mark the centenary of Utzon’s birth, a panel of renowned Danish architects come together to discuss how Utzon has affected their own practices.

Scenes from a Marriage

17 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018

From the Royal Danish Theatre, this special international production starring acclaimed Danish actors Stine Stengade and Morten Kirkskov goes beneath the façade of a once happy marriage to reveal a battlefield of victories and defeat, happiness and turmoil, tenderness and rage.
Join us for the world premiere of a new documentary Jørn Utzon: The Man & the Architect, a must-see for all architecture and design enthusiasts.
Free Exhibition


14 Oct - 28 Oct, 2018 from 9:30am daily

This free exhibition takes you on a journey through Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon’s travels and inspirations.

Eat & Drink

Our restaurants have curated dishes inspired by Danish cuisine to celebrate the Utzon centenary. 

The decade of Renewal

Our 45th anniversary marks the mid point in our decade of Renewal.

Since opening its doors in 1973, the Opera House has become the symbol of modern Australia and the country’s premier tourist destination, with an iconic or national-identity value that Deloitte Access Economics has estimated at $4.6 billion.

Now, this wonder of 20th century architecture needs to be renewed for the 21st century. Projects 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 equipped to welcome as many people in as many ways as possible.

Renewal is proudly funded by the NSW Government, which has committed $202 million towards the Concert Hall and entry and foyers upgrades, and the new Creative Learning and Function Centres.

A further $26 million investment from the NSW Government was provided for the Renewal of the Joan Sutherland Theatre in 2017. This included upgrades to the acoustics as well as improvements to accessibility, functionality and safety in the venue. 

Find out more about Renewal at the Sydney Opera House.

Joan Sutherland Theatre, 2017

Utzon Centenary

This year marks the centenary of Jørn Utzon’s birth. 

Throughout the renewal process, the Sydney Opera House pays tribute to Jørn Utzon, the man who conceived the building, whose uncompromising standards led to its creation.

Over the years the Sydney Opera House has continued to recognise Utzon’s vision for the evolving future of the building, through projects such as the refurbishment of the Western Foyers area comprising the Drama Theatre, the Playhouse and the Studio; and the interiors of the Utzon Room which is where the tapestry, Homage to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, now hangs.

As a part of the 45th celebrations there are four events to mark the centenary of Utzon’s birth; free exhibition; Horisont: an Opera House and a world apart, panel discussion Utzon 100: Next Generation, film Jørn Utzon: The Man & The Architect and free children’s workshops based on the book Utzon’s Universe. These events presented in conjunction with the Utzon Center, Denmark.

We also welcome the Danish National Theatre to present their acclaimed production of Scenes from a Marriage.


The Utzon Center, Denmark

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