Hugh Jackman, Ita Buttrose, Meryl Tankard and Li Cunxin are among the many arts figures recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours, as well as the Australian World Orchestra’s CEO and co-founder Gabrielle Thompson.
Actor Hugh Jackman was appointed a Companion of the Order (AC) for “eminent service to the performing arts as an acclaimed actor and performer, and to the global community, particularly as an advocate for poverty eradication” as was the ABC’s new chair Ita Buttrose, “for eminent service to the community through leadership in the media, the arts, and the health sector, and as a role model.”
Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for “distinguished service to the performing arts, particularly to ballet, as a dancer and artistic director”. Also appointed as an AO were choreographer Meryl Tankard, for “distinguished service to the performing arts as a dancer, actor, producer, innovative choreographer and theatre director,” and actor Sigrid Thornton for “distinguished service to the performing arts as a film, television and stage actor, and to professional arts organisations.”
The Australian World Orchestra’s CEO Gabrielle Thompson was appointed a...