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August 18, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

How many stories can you handle in a 21-hour, 37-minute flight from Sydney to London? Travellers are about to find out, with more than 50 hours of original Sydney Opera House podcasts available to the 18 million passengers who travel Etihad Airways worldwide each year.

Two of the Sydney Opera House’s most popular podcasts, This Kid Life and It’s A Long Story, are now available on all Etihad Airways’ E-BOX inflight entertainment programming. It’s A Long Story unpacks the influences and ‘big’ moments that formed some of the Opera House’s most acclaimed and influential guests. Hosted by award-winning international affairs journalist and ABC TV Foreign Correspondent’s Hamish Macdonald, the first two seasons feature interviews recorded at last year’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas and BINGEFEST.

Guests include Henry Rollins, Lionel Shriver, Gretel Killeen, Jad Abumrad (Radiolab) and Julie Snyder (Serial, S-Town).

Putting kids front and centre – and behind the microphone – This Kid Life is made for children aged eight to 13. It features young people discussing life, the environment, education, creativity, social media and more. Hosted by Australian radio maker Jennifer Macey, the series delves into what matters most to kids, how they see the world and how the future looks to them.

Sydney Opera House head of contemporary performance and executive producer of It’s A Long Story, Danielle Harvey, says: “The Sydney Opera House belongs to everyone – even long-haul travellers. We are thrilled that we can make our digital content available to even more audiences around the world through our partnership with Etihad Airways.

“Podcasts are perfect for inflight entertainment – keep the kids entertained with This Kid Life or explore the back stories of some of our most interesting artists and thinkers with It’s A Long Story.”

Etihad Airways vice president Asia Pacific, Lindsay White, said the airline was excited to be able to share such innovative and exciting content with guests through the airlie’s inflight entertainment selection.

“The Sydney Opera House has a long history of developing and nurturing creative content and these two podcasts are great examples of how our partnership is enhancing the Etihad guest experience.”

Both It’s A Long Story and This Kid Life podcasts are now available on all flights featuring Etihad Airways’ inflight entertainment system.

Etihad Airways is the Sydney Opera House’s major partner and Opening Nights presenting partner. The airline supports Opera House programming by flying guest artists and performing arts companies to Sydney from across its extensive network of 116 international destinations. In March 2016, the Sydney Opera House and Etihad Airways renewed their major partnership for a further five years.

Written by : Peter Needham

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