First Ever Performance of Morin Khuur Ensemble at Sydney Opera House

2023-09-15 10:53:31

Ulaanbaatar, September 15, 2023 /MONTSAME/. In the frame of the official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs B.Battsetseg to the Commonwealth of Australia, the Cultural Envoy of Mongolia – Morin Khuur Ensemble presented its performance "The Beautiful Country of Mongolia" for the first time at the world-famous Sydney Opera House on September 14, 2023.

The opening remarks were delivered by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Battsetseg Batmunkh, President of the New South Wales Legislative Council the Honorable Ben Franklin, First Assistance Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia Mr. Gary Cowan. More than 2200 guests attended the concert including Her Excellency the Honorable Margaret Beazley, Governor of New South Wales, representatives of the Australian Government and businesses, Heads of Diplomatic Corps in Australia, as well as representatives of Mongolian associations and non-governmental organizations.

In her opening remarks, Foreign Minister B.Battsetseg highlighted that Mongolia-Australia relations and cooperation are successfully expanding and developing in many fields such as education and culture within the Expanded Partnership and people-to-people ties are being further strengthened. The Minister also invited Australian tourists to visit beautiful Mongolia and experience its rich history, culture and traditions within the “Years to Visit Mongolia” campaign.

The Morin Khuur Ensemble performed over 20 national, folk and classical pieces from its rich repertoire on the iconic stage of the Sydney Opera House, and the audience delightfully applauded the first ever performance of Mongolian artists.

UNESCO World Heritage Site and a unique architectural symbol of modern Australia – the Sydney Opera House is the green continent's most renowned and crowded center of arts and culture, welcoming over 11 million visitors and hosting over 1,800 events a year.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is actively engaged in developing cultural cooperation with countries worldwide and promoting Mongolian culture and history through the comprehensive “Values of the Mongolian Nation” campaign. Over its 31-year history, the Morin Khuur Ensemble has performed more than 650 concerts in over 30 countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia through its diplomatic missions abroad has enabled opportunities for our artists to showcase their talents on renowned global stages including Japan’s NHK Hall and the Sydney Opera House. The preparations are in full swing for their next performances to be held at historical landmarks in Paris and Nantes.