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Sydney Opera House opens new event space

Australian icon unveils redesigned function and events centre.

The Sydney Opera House this week opened the doors of its redesigned function and events centre, the Yallamundi Rooms.

The Yallamundi Rooms are the first new venue created inside the Opera House since the refurbishment of the Utzon Room in 2004. The name Yallamundi means “storyteller” in the local Sydney Indigenous language. It honours the long history of gathering and storytelling by the original custodians of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal.

The flexible space has capacity for up to 400 people standing or 180 seated, with several room configurations available. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer unrivalled sweeping views of Sydney Harbour.

The first stage of the project involved removing the longstanding events marquee from the Northern Broadwalk, and restoring the building’s original façade.

By transforming office space into a multi-purpose events venue, more of the Opera House is now available for public use and additional open space has been created on the Northern Broadwalk.

Catering will focus on local produce Credit: Daniel Boud

The new venue will be managed by operator Trippas White Group and ambassador chef, Karen Martini.

“We are sourcing incredible produce from all around the country to create dishes that emulate the visual beauty of the Australian outback,” Martini says. “By using native produce we want to compose a truly contemporary Australian menu worthy of our nation’s icon.”

The Yallamundi Rooms is the latest project to be delivered as part of the Opera House’s AU$273 million renewal programme, which includes the renewal of the Concert Hall due to begin in February 2020.

“The opening of the Yallamundi Rooms marks an important milestone in the Opera House’s decade of renewal,” NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, says. “When people gather in this spectacular new space they will be able to reflect on the proud traditions of the Gadigal people while standing in Australia’s most revered institution for storytelling.”