The Cre­ative Learn­ing Cen­tre

What is it: The Opera House’s first ded­i­cated space for chil­dren When will it open? Un­known

Time Out (Sydney) - - FUTURE SYDNEY -

Syd­ney’s most iconic build­ing is cur­rently un­der­go­ing the first stages of a $273-mil­lion re­furb. The first up­grade will be a shiny-new Joan Suther­land The­atre, which has tradies on the job right now, and fu­ture up­dates in­clude more ac­ces­si­ble foy­ers and en­trances, a bet­ter sound­ing Concert Hall and bet­ter look­ing func­tion cen­tre. But the most ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the House is a per­ma­nent space for kids and teens. The Cre­ative Learn­ing Cen­tre, sit­u­ated on the ground floor of the build­ing’s north­west­ern cor­ner (near the Stu­dio and Play­house), will have the best views in Syd­ney. They’re kick­ing out the lawyers and ac­coun­tants to make way for a flex­i­ble learn­ing space that cham­pi­ons cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion. Chil­dren aged five and up will be able to play and in­ter­act with artists and per­form­ers, take part in work­shops and even cre­ate their own broad­casts in the dig­i­tal class­room. The space will be used by school stu­dents from Punch­bowl to the Pil­bara, but there’ll also be week­end pro­gram­ming for fam­i­lies. The project is part of the big­gest up­grade to the Opera House since it opened in ’73, how­ever they’re yet to put a date on con­struc­tion.

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