Australia to hold state memorial for Barry Humphries

The family of late performer Barry Humphries AO CBE has accepted the invitation to a State Memorial Service for his contributions to Australian culture.

The Australian and NSW Governments will co-host the Memorial, which will take place at the Sydney Opera House on Friday, December 15, 2023. The artistic community from throughout the nation, including Mr Humphries’ native state of Victoria, will also participate.

The Sydney Opera House, an internationally renowned centre for performance, the arts, and culture, is an appropriate location for the ceremony honouring the adored Australian figure’s incredible life and enduring legacy.

The late Barry Humphries, who had an outstanding seven-decade international career, passed away in Sydney on April 22 at 89. He was a distinguished novelist, actor, and satire best known for creating the classic characters Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson.

The Memorial will bring together officials, Mr Humphries’ family, friends, and supporters from all around the nation and the world to honour his remarkable career and accomplishments.

Later in year, information about the State Memorial will be made public at NSW Government State Services.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said, “Barry Humphries was a much-loved Australian and a huge loss to the arts community.”

To honour the life as well as legacy of this adored entertainer, the Australian Government is happy to collaborate with the New South Wales Government on creating a State Memorial.

“Barry Humphries was one of our country’s greatest comedic talents, and his passing marks the end of an era in Australian entertainment,” said NSW Premier Chris Minns.

He was a great master of his trade, and the fascinating characters he created for theatre and movies will carry on his legacy.

Given the Sydney Opera House’s role in Australian arts, culture, and entertainment, it is an appropriate place for what promises to be memorable send-off.

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