THOUSANDS flocked to the Sydney Opera House to celebrate its 40th birthday on Sunday, October 20.
Free self-guided tours, live music, tugboat displays and a mere 6000 cupcakes were distributed to mark the occasion among the queues.
Guests of honour in attendance included the family of Jørn Utzon, the late Danish architect who won a competition to design the now World Heritage-listed landmark.
Utzon, inspired by the segments of a orange, sadly never got to see his dream realised after a change of government in 1965 saw the development of his plans abruptly dismissed amid widespread controversy.
The celebrations will continue with a special 40th Anniversary Concert scheduled on the forecourt steps on Sunday, October 27, featuring an eclectic mix of artists including John Butler Trio, Sarah Blasko, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and film director Baz Luhrman. Denmark’s Crown Prince Couple, HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary, will also attend as the event’s patrons.
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