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Neil Finn and Architects of Air join the Opera House’s summer playground

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A massive walk-through art installation on the Forecourt by Architects of Air and an unmissable performance by music legend Neil Finn are part of the Opera House’s Summer at the House line-up, the full calendar for which was announced today.

Over the next four months, visitors and performance-goers will be treated to dazzling entertainment for all ages, together with exciting culinary experiences, as the Opera House precinct is transformed into the ultimate summer playground. There will be a host of children’s activities, as well as a big-kids party atmosphere, with pop-up bars and DJs.

Summer at the House promises something for everyone, every day.

Sydney Opera House CEO, Louise Herron AM, said: “It’s been a huge year at the Sydney Opera House, including our fabulous 40th Anniversary celebrations last month. Like the rest of Sydney, we are looking forward to getting into the summer spirit, kicking back and having some fun. The Opera House will be packed with entertainment, seven days a week for every member of the family, from 4 to 94. So come and join us.”

Highlights include:

Summer headliners

  • In a triumphant third act following his five-show sell-out run with pop-laureate Paul Kelly and Crowded House’s world-conquering Farewell to the World finale in 1996, legendary singer-songwriter Neil Finn makes his celebrated return to the Opera House stage with his era-defining songbook, full band, and first solo album in a decade – the family-recorded widescreen epic, Dizzy Heights.
  • EXXOPOLIS by Architects of Air is a giant, inflatable, city-like sculpture encompassing a labyrinth of tunnels and inspiring spacious domes. A kaleidoscope of luminous colour, it is a multi-sensory space that welcomes, inspires and affects everyone who ventures in. More than 50 metres long and almost nine metres high, EXXOPOLIS will take over the Opera House Forecourt this summer.
  • International smash-hit The Illusionists 2.0 combines large-scale stunts and 3D technology to take the traditions of magic in new directions. La Soirée will also return with a fresh line-up, showcasing the trademark blend of cabaret, burlesque and circus fun that has delighted audiences around the world.
  • With a host of international and Australian music stars,Summer at the House features a stunning mix of genres and several Opera House debuts. Concert Hall highlights include: legendary disco and R’n’B hit-makers CHIC, featuring Nile Rodgers; New York indie-rock trailblazersGrizzly Bear, with their harmony-hued epics and heavy-hearted ballads; and Ninja Tune’s electronic wizardBonobo’s pioneering brand of laid-back, live-band electronic style. Also, US indie-rock royalty Yo La Tengowill celebrate 30 years of indie-pop perfection; the woman with the once-in-a-generation voice, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Neko Case, will front a full band to showcase her latest album; and the ‘Hendrix of his generation’, experimental electronic artist and producerFlying Lotus, will bring his audio-visual spectacular Layer 3 to life on the Concert Hall stage.
  • Having sold out their first performance due to overwhelming demand, indie rock legends The Nationalwill perform a second and final show on the newly reopened Forecourt.

Kids and families

  • A fun-filled musical adaptation of author Michael Rosen’s treasured We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will enchant audiences as they join an intrepid family on a quest to find a bear.
  • Youthful energy and magical feeling abound in Circus Under My Bed, in which a young girl dreams of a circus hidden in her room.
  •  Based on the award-winning children’s books by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig, Angelina Ballerina will perform a brand new Mousical’.
  • Following their hit concert debut in London as part of the 2012 BBC Proms, Wallace & Gromit will join the Sydney International Orchestra in Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvel.
  •  After a sell-out premiere season in September, The 13-Storey Treehouse is back. Andy Griffiths’ hugely popular world of 3D machines, monster mermaids and, most worryingly, late homework will turn Sydney Opera House upside down this summer.
  • By popular demand, favourite canine Hairy Maclary and his friends will return in an interactive stage version of the children’s books by Lynley Dodd.

The Summer Playground

  • The Western Foyers will host a series of pop-up hybrid cafés, bars and restaurants. It will be a perfect daytime place for families to eat, drink and play and a chilled dinner and drinks hotspot for grown-ups.
  •  The master chefs of the Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen will serve Brunch at the House.
  •  Kids Lunch at the House will educate and refine young palates with healthy, fresh and filling fare.
  •  In January, a revolving fleet of Sydney’s best food trucks will be parked on the Forecourt, offering savoury dishes and sweet treats to enjoy in the sun and after dark.
  •  Visitors can also book for Sunset Tours, Family Tours and self-guided tours.

For more information on Summer at the House,

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