In 2001 the Powerhouse Museum acquired over 600 items relating to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. They reflect the importance of this event in the cultural history of Australia particularly New South Wales as well as the innovative design and technological solutions adopted to present what were at the time referred to as 'the best games ever'.
Included in the collection are the props used in the ceremonies as well as prototypes and designs submitted to the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. Of special interest are the torch used by Cathy Freeman to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony and the 'Showgirl' costume worn by Kylie Minogue at the Closing Ceremony.
Anni Turnbull 2020