SYDNEY – Australia’s Sydney Opera House has merged a rising list of cultural institutions worldwide to clamp down on the use of the telescopic camera stick for attachment that gives a wider field of view for “selfie” style photographs, reported on Monday.
Fairfax Media reported that “In a win for common decency, the Sydney Opera House is now actively discouraging selfie sticks inside the building’s theatres”.
The Sydney Opera House is not anti-selfie, of course, it just knows right from wrong. And selfie sticks are so, so wrong.
Sydney Opera House was the most instagrammed site in Australia in 2014, Xinhua news agency reported.
A spokeswoman for Australia’s national icon confirmed taking photos during performances is prohibited, however, they do permit visitors to take “selfies” outside the Sydney landmark and within the building’s foyer.
Lyndon Terracini, artistic director of Opera Australia, told the Media “I love that people want to share their opera experience with their friends by taking selfies, with or without a stick. I’m more than happy for audience members to do that before the opera begins or at interval, but not during the production when it could disturb performers or other patrons.”
Opera Australia, which uses the Sydney Opera House for its performances encourages selfies during performance intervals, however, only at arm’s length and not with a selfie stick.
The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, among other cultural institutions worldwide have all banned the selfie sticks inside their premises earlier this year.
Before this selfie sticks are also banned by Disney.
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