Australia Day program launched for 2018

A music, light and fireworks display in Sydney’s Circular Quay, three new entertainment precincts and concerts featuring top Australian talent will lead the official NSW Australia Day events program launched today by Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams.

Mr Williams said the day focuses on inclusive events that will enable people to reflect on the meaning of Australia Day and celebrate in their own way.

Our 2018 Australia Day events program celebrates the vibrant, diverse culture of NSW,” Mr Williams said.

“Australia Day means different things to everyone but above all, it represents an occasion to come together and reflect on what our country means to us.”

Minister Williams was joined by entertainers Christine Anu and John Paul Young, Network Ten host Grant Denyer and Australia Day creative director John Foreman to kick off the official countdown to Australia Day 2018.

John Foreman said record crowd attendance was anticipated at three new precincts, capped off with an all-star concert at the Sydney Opera House and a fireworks finale in Circular Quay.

“It’s going to be an incredible show!” Mr Foreman said.

“For the first time, people at home will be able to watch the concert together with the Australia Day fireworks, following their move from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay.”

Australia Day in Sydney begins with the Indigenous WulgulOra Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo, accompanied by the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

At Darling Harbour’s ‘Summer Playground’, children’s entertainers The Wiggles will perform a morning and afternoon concert before the precinct transforms into a hub of live entertainment with ‘True Blue’ bush games, party cover bands and DJ sessions.

Circular Quay will come to life with daytime shows on the sea, land and in the air, the ‘Sydney Street Party’ at The Rocks, and new evening event Live at the Quay! which will wow observers with live musical performances from top Australian talent choreographed to fireworks and jet-ski shows.

The Sydney Opera House Forecourt will host the concert Australia Day 2018 – Live at Sydney Opera House, with renowned entertainers Christine Anu, Anthony Callea, Casey Donovan, Marcia Hines, Dami Im, Guy Sebastian and John Paul Young.

Australia Day NSW Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb APM, said that with big crowds expected, enhanced security measures would be in place throughout the day, along with road closures.

“Large crowds are expected to attend events in the Sydney CBD and Harbour foreshore areas so please be patient as you make your way around and take advantage of the additional public transport services,” said Ms Webb.

Register for the chance to win tickets to The Wiggles concerts and Australia Day 2018 – Live at Sydney Opera House via ticket ballot: www.australiaday.com.au.

Australia Day 2018 – Live at Sydney Opera House and The Wiggles at Darling Harbour are supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Australia Day 2018 – Live at Sydney Opera House will air Friday, 26 January at 7.30pm AEDT on TEN and WIN Network.

To view the full Australia Day 2018 program, visit www.australiaday.com.au and join the conversation at www.facebook.com.au/australiaday26, www.twitter.com.au/australiaday and www.instagram.com.au/australiaday26.

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