Traditions & festivals

A Sepik River mei mask

An eye-catching object in the People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50 exhibition reveals an unexpected story of the opening ceremonies, of performance, and of international diplomacy

Opening ceremony. NRS15933-11-A5357

A look back at the Sydney 2000 Olympics

Do you remember when Olympic Fever hit Sydney in 2000? The Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Sydney welcomed and hosted over 11,000 athletes from 199 countries. Together with 50,000 volunteers and millions of spectators Sydney captured the attention of the world - a city of sport, festivals, arts, community, friendship and fun

Empire Day / Commonwealth Day

A chance find while searching the Premier's Department, Unregistered Papers and Pamphlets revealed a bundle of records containing Empire Day programs 1905-1915