Sydney Opera House: Social sustainability

"The 2017-19 plan sets out a clear path to further embed reconciliation values across the full spectrum of what the Opera House offers, from art and experiences to education and employment."

LOUISE HERRON

CEO, Sydney Opera House

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The Sydney Opera House is proud of its Reconciliation Action Plan, a first for a performing arts centre.

The plan, which was awarded Green Star ‘Innovation’ points, focuses on building relationships, and includes the appointment of a Head of Indigenous Programming, hosting a range of Indigenous arts festivals and workshops, celebrating NAIDOC week and running indigenous history tours.

"At its 40th Anniversary in 2013, the Opera House embarked on a Decade of Renewal. It includes not only major capital works to safeguard the building for future generations, but also work across the organisation to ensure a deeper, richer and more fulfilling experience for 21st century artists, audiences and visitors," says CEO Louise Herron.

"Our RAP is fundamental to achieving this vision. The 2017-19 plan sets out a clear path to further embed reconciliation values across the full spectrum of what the Opera House offers, from art and experiences to education and employment."

Alongside the Opera House’s RAP, its Access Strategic Plan works to make the building and performances accessible to all. Recent highlights of the program include Autism-friendly performances, audio described tours of Vivid LIVE 2015 and Oddysea: a highly specialised interactive theatre experience for young people with special needs, including multiple disabilities.