Countdown to Australia Day 2019

The countdown is on for Australia Day NSW 2019, with Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project, Conrad Sewell and Kate Ceberano announced as part of a star-studded and action-packed program of events. 

The official Australia Day program was launched today by NSW Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams and Australia Day Council NSW Creative Director John Foreman OAM beside the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge with a taste of what’s to come.

“This year’s Australia Day program will champion the vibrant and diverse state of NSW, based on the theme ‘Everyone, every story’, with a range of events across the state inviting people to unite, reflect and share what it means to be Australian,” Mr Williams said.

Mr Williams also announced renowned social researcher and author Hugh Mackay AO as the 2019 Australia Day Address Speaker. His thought-provoking Address will be broadcast nationally on 23 January.

Australia Day Council NSW Creative Director John Foreman said Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, would deliver something for everyone encompassing the national values of inclusion, diversity and respect.

“In 10 days’ time Sydney Harbour will come alive with non-stop entertainment on the water, in the sky and around the foreshore,” Mr Foreman said.

“It’s going to be an unforgettable day of fantastic events, building up to Australia Day Live in the evening where some of the country’s most talented artists will perform top Aussie hits to get the crowd pumping along with amazing fireworks, aerial displays and boats dancing across the Harbour.”

Australia Day in Sydney begins at sunrise with the WulgulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve including Christine Anu and her daughter Zipporah Corser-Anu singing Kulba Yaday, accompanied by the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on Sydney Harbour Bridge.

At Darling Harbour’s Summer Playground the ever-popular children’s entertainers The Wiggles will perform a morning concert before the precinct transforms into a hub of live entertainment with funk, soul music from The Bamboos and DJ sessions. 

P&O Cruises is proud to once again support the Sydney Harbour program which includes the iconic Ferrython, Tug & Yacht Ballet and a 21-gun ‘Salute to Australia’ by the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force, accompanied by more than 350 choir singers scattered around the foreshore.

There is also the Sydney Street Party at The Rocks where fans can watch 2019 NSW Australian of the Year Kurt Fearnley AO compete in the hottest race on wheels, the GIO Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Race, celebrating its 30th year.

Nearby the Lord Mayor’s Citizenship Ceremony will welcome new Australians on the Tallawoladah Stage at Campbell’s Cove, while sports lovers can mingle with State of Origin legends and brush up on their ball passing skills at the NSW Rugby League True Blue activation at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Foodies can hop on a historic vintage bus, ride across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and head to the BBQ by the Bridge in North Sydney for barbecued cuisines from around the globe, while chilling out with free live entertainment in Bradfield Park.

Spectators will not want to miss Australia Day Live, which kicks off in Circular Quay at 6:30 PM building up to a sensational fireworks display and light show, daring jet-ski action and a flotilla of yachts performing an on-water opera.

The Sydney Opera House Forecourt will host an impressively free and fun line-up of Aussie artists including the soulful Kate Ceberano, the renowned Sydney Symphony Orchestra, rocker Jon Stevens, funk instrumentalist and vocalist Harts, tenor Josh Piterman, along with hitmakers Ricki-Lee, Anthony Callea, Karise Eden and Conrad Sewell.

While over at Campbell’s Cove, Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project, will take to the Tallawoladah Stage as part of the show.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb APM, said police will have a significant presence across the state to ensure Australia Day events are celebrated safely. 

"Police are not here to ruin anyone's fun, but instead to keep you safe. Please follow the directions of all police, look after your mates and drink in moderation," Assistant Commissioner Webb said.

Free tickets are available for The Wiggles at Darling Harbour Concert and Australia Day Live at Sydney Opera House from 11am today via until booked out – Hurry as tickets go quickly. Both these events are supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Australia Day Live will air 26 January 2019, at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM AEDT on ABC TV.

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