Parliament House turns 30 with a big party

Share Canberra's trusted news:

‘Happy Birthday Parliament House, 2018’, by Ken Done.
NEXT week on May 9 it will be 30 years since the opening of Australian Parliament House in 1988.

To celebrate this milestone, Ken Done created a very big birthday cake to help light up the House on the Hill, but there’ll be much more this Saturday, May 5, when House staff are throwing a birthday celebration with lots of free community events.

From 10.30am, veteran political “insider” Barrie Cassidy will host a discussion with a panel of guests sharing their stories about the building – from the political to the personal – as they reflect on the first 30 years of the “People’s House”.

Speakers will include chancellor of the ANU, Gareth Evans, age discrimination commissioner Kay Patterson, journalist Michelle Grattan, artist and arts advocate Robyn Archer and the former director of construction for the New Parliament House, David Chandler.

From 2pm, Canberra Symphony Orchestra will perform music by some of Australia’s most celebrated composers including Percy Grainger, Graham Koehne, Elena Kats-Chernin and Paul Paviour, who composed the musical score for the official opening of Parliament House.

Visitors will also be treated to the world premiere of a new work by award-winning Canberra composer and pianist Sally Greenaway, from 2pm.

Australian Parliament House celebration, Saturday, May 5. All welcome. Free exhibitions and tours are also available to the public throughout the day. No bookings required. The Queen’s Terrace Café will be open from 9am to 4.30pm on the day.

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleWorker knocked to the ground in Erindale robbery
Next articleReview / White’s writing ‘beautifully’ brought to life
Helen Musa
“CityNews” arts editor

Leave a Reply