State memorial for Barry Humphries AO CBE to be held at the Sydney Opera House in December
The family of Barry Humphries AO CBE has accepted the offer of a State Memorial Service in recognition of the late entertainer’s contribution to Australian arts and entertainment.
The Memorial, to be held at the Sydney Opera House on Friday, 15 December 2023, will be co-hosted by the Australian and NSW Governments, and in partnership with the arts community from across the country, including Mr Humphries’ home state of Victoria.
As an internationally recognised home of performance, arts and culture, the Sydney Opera House is a fitting venue for the service which will honour the remarkable life and enduring legacy of the beloved Australian personality.
The late Barry Humphries passed away in Sydney on 22 April aged 89, following a celebrated seven-decade global career. He was best known for his iconic characters including Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson, as well as being a renowned author, actor and satirist.
The Memorial will bring together dignitaries, family, friends and fans of the late Mr Humphries from across the country and around the world to celebrate his extraordinary career and achievements.
Further details on the State Memorial will be released later in the year on the NSW Government website.
Quotes attributable to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese:
“Barry Humphries was a much-loved Australian and a huge loss to the arts community."
“The Australian Government is pleased to work with the New South Wales Government to deliver a State Memorial to honour the life and legacy of this beloved entertainer.”
Quotes attributable to NSW Premier Chris Minns:
“Barry Humphries was one of our nation’s greatest ever comedic talents, and his passing marks the end of an era in Australian entertainment.”
“He was a true master of his craft, and his legacy will continue to live on through the unforgettable characters he brought to life on stage and screen.”
“The Sydney Opera House is a fitting location for what promises to be a memorable send-off given the venue's significance in Australian arts, culture and entertainment.”