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Woman in white. Fifth Facade, 1973


Woman in white. Fifth Facade, 1973


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Woman in white. Fifth Facade, 1973

A colour image of a female singer accompanied by a marching band performing at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Opera House, 20th October 1973. The woman stands on a small raised platform in a white miniskirt dress, which was the style at the time. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is in the background of the image

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Media ID 12375856

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Bridges Clouds Female Uniforms Conductor Marching Band Marching Bands Miniskirt Musical Instruments Opera House Singers Streamers


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This print captures a momentous occasion in the history of the Sydney Opera House. Taken on October 20th, 1973, it showcases a stunning female singer accompanied by a vibrant marching band during the opening ceremony. The woman stands gracefully on a small raised platform, donning a fashionable white miniskirt dress that epitomizes the style of that era. In this image, one cannot help but be drawn to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge standing tall in the background. Its majestic presence adds an extra layer of grandeur to this already mesmerizing scene. As streamers flutter through the air and musical instruments fill every corner with harmonious melodies, clouds drift lazily overhead, creating an ethereal atmosphere. The uniforms worn by both the marching band and conductor exude professionalism and unity as they flawlessly perform together. The energy emanating from their synchronized movements is palpable even in stillness. This photograph encapsulates not only an unforgettable moment in time but also represents the power of music to unite people from all walks of life. It serves as a reminder of how art can transcend boundaries and create lasting memories for generations to come. Though taken by an unknown photographer, this remarkable image has found its place within National Film and Sound Archive's collection where it continues to inspire awe and admiration for its historical significance.

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