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Reflections on 30 years of Australian Parliament House

Saturday 5 May 2018 – FREE
Great Hall

Join us for an all-day celebration in the Great Hall of Parliament House as we mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of Australian Parliament House. In the morning an expert panel will discuss the architectural, social, historical, political and cultural legacy of Australian Parliament House over the last 30 years. Take in lunch in Queen’s Terrace Café and then stay for an afternoon concert by a chamber ensemble from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.


10.30am–12.00pm

Fundamental to democratic life - Australian Parliament House 30 years on

Join journalist and presenter Barrie Cassidy and a panel of special guests as they reflect on the architectural, social, historical, political and cultural legacy of Australian Parliament House over the last 30 years. 

Panellists: The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner; Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of the Australian National University; Robyn Archer AO, artist and arts advocate; David Chandler OAM, former Construction Director, New Parliament House and Michelle Grattan AO, journalist and author. 


2.00pm–3.30pm

A Classic Celebration: CSO Presents a Collection of Australian Music

In this special concert event, an ensemble from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra will perform a selection of Australian music that spans more than a century and reflects the depth and diversity of Australian composers.

The ensemble will perform works by noted Australian composers including Percy Grainger, Alfred Hill and Elena Kats-Chernin.  The concert will also include music by Dr Paul Paviour, who composed the score for the official opening of Parliament House in 1988 and the world premiere of a new work by Canberra composer Sally Greenaway.


It's our birthday!

Wednesday 9 May 2018 – FREE
Forecourt
11.00am – 11.45am

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opening of Australian Parliament House at this special ceremony on the forecourt.

Image: HRH Queen Elizabeth II; Opening of Parliament House 1988, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Autumn program of events

Our 30th anniversary celebrations kick off with a full program of events throughout autumn.

Explore our tours, exhibitions, lectures and films.

Performers on Open Day

Australian Parliament House Open Day

Saturday 6 October 2018 - FREE

Celebrate 30 years of parliamentary democracy on Capital Hill with the building’s biggest Open Day yet. Experience a side of Parliament House not normally accessible to the public. Take a tour to the House of Representatives and Senate Chamber, stroll through the heart of the building, Members Hall and picnic in the beautiful courtyards.

Meet with parliamentary staff and discuss how the parliament works, learn about the activities everyday Australian undertake to keep the house running and its grounds in pristine condition.

Food and refreshments will be available all day, with a range of options to suit all tastes by APH Catering and Events.

Find out what events are coming up @APH

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Photo Gallery

The construction of Australian Parliament House, and the first three decades of its life, have been captured by many distinguished photographers. In Parliament House’s 30th anniversary year, this gallery will grow week by week, showcasing the work of these photographers, most of whom were officially commissioned through the Parliament House Art/Craft Program to capture this significant period in our national life.

Image: Ed Douglas (b. 1943) Untitled, 1986, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

 

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Ed Douglas (b. 1943)
Untitled, 1986,
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Ed Douglas was interested in the earthworks stage of construction and in capturing how the land was excavated and piled in conjunction with the construction. This image captures the scale of earth works against the exterior curved walls. 

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Douglas Holleley (b. 1949)
View of site from southern approach, 1983,
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Construction of New Parliament House began in 1981 with the pouring of the first concrete. Holleley captures the epic scale of the construction in 1983 with his image of the southern approach to the site.

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