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Australia Day Live 2020 Concert

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The scale and heartbreaking impact of the 2019-20 Australian bushfire disaster has never been seen before. Several regions of Australia have suffered enormously during this devastation.

The response to the bushfire situation has been unprecedented with thousands of volunteer and paid rescuers working around the clock, day and night, week after week, to protect property and save lives.

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This Australia Day, more than ever, was not just about embracing unity but to thank all those who have so bravely and selflessly served through the ongoing bushfire crisis, in particular, those who have lost their lives.

While the Australian Government's priority is to help people and communities rebuild and recover from the bushfire disaster, it is also important that recognition should be given.

"Their courage has been extraordinary, and it's a spirit which we must honour and celebrate this Australia Day."

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This year's Australia Day Live event at the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay was a remarkable night to acknowledge the true Aussie spirit and celebrate our nation's strength. Our national day is about coming together even in times of extreme hardship.

It was also a night to celebrate the actions of Australia's brave fire, police, ambulance and emergency services volunteers and workers, along with Defence Force personnel, who are testaments to individual and collective heroism.

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Acting Minister for Multiculturalism, Geoff Lee, said Australia Day is about coming together as a community.

"Australians share a unique set of values that define and unite us. These values are based on the spirit of mateship, community, selflessness, sacrifice, courage and resilience. They are the same values embodied by our emergency services volunteers who we have all seen band together to courageously and selflessly protect our communities over the past months."

It was a fitting theme to reflect the deep gratitude felt by all Australians.

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It was a warm night on Sunday 26 January and over 60,000 attendees filled all the available spaces at the Sydney Opera House forecourt to participate Australia Day Live 2020 concert.

Hundreds of emergency services personnel, volunteers and their families were invited to enjoy the event and it also gave the people of NSW an opportunity to show our appreciation for their extraordinary heroic efforts.

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Australia Day Live 2020 was a unique concert that took place both on land and water. It featured live musical performances choreographed to a flotilla of yachts, jet-skis and fly boarders, with a synchronised pyrotechnics display on the harbour.

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The spectacular star-studded line-up at Australia Day Live was another drawcard, with passionate performances from Aussie music icons John Williamson, Vanessa Amorosi, The Original Seekers, Eurovision star Isaiah Firebrace, along with rockers Eskimo Joe, singing star Christine Anu, the 2019 Voice winner Diana Rouvas, opera supremo Daniel Belle, talented indigenous vocal group KARI, and world-renowned didgeridoo player William Barton. Artists were accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The concert program also included patriotic and unifying songs such as 'I Am Australian' with a spectacular fireworks display in the background.

The heartfelt concert emitted optimism and togetherness for all involved.

Photo Credit: NSW Government

This Australia Day event was produced by the NSW Government and The Australia Day Council of NSW and brought to you by Destination NSW.

Australia will continue to be a world-leading and safe tourism destination. There are many regions within Australia which have not been affected by the bushfires and will continue to offer incredible tourism experiences our country is known for.

I am a proud Australian.

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Why? Sydney unites, reflects and pays tribute on Australia Day
When: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Where: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: FREE
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