User:ElizabethLittle/Sydney Opera House celebrates its 40th birthday

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Aerial view of the Sydney Opera House

Sunday had Sydney celebrating the 40th birthday of the world famous, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sydney Opera House, in New South Wales, Australia. Thousands arrived early to take part in the free celebratory tour of the House, where they were also given one of 6,000 cupcakes made for the anniversary of the first official opening on October 20, 1973.

Special guests included three-generations of the family of Jørn Utzon, who designed the landmark in 1957. Jan Utzon, the son of the House's architect, tells the ABC seeing his fathers dreams reflected in the tourist destination is "a tribute to the Australian spirit [...] It is a unique Australian expression of will and enthusiasm".

Celebrations will continue over the next week, all keeping with the theme of the 'Australian spirit'. The first day of festivities saw rock legend Jimmy Barnes singing 'Happy Birthday' for the occasion, as well as traditional Aboriginal performances and a flotilla of iconic Australian lifeguards.

A visit from the Danish royal couple and music concerts are just some of the confirmed events set to pay tribute to the iconic, multi-shell structured roof.