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Sunday 20 April 2014

Rolf to announce rare performance

Rolf Harris will perform at the Royal Festival Hall

Rolf Harris has an exciting few hours ahead - the entertainment veteran is set to receive one of Australia's highest honours, as well as announcing a rare stage performance due to take place early next year.

The Australian broadcaster, who was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours list this year, will receive his award at the Australian High Commission this afternoon.

The 82-year-old is to be recognised for his service to the performing and visual arts, to charitable organisations and to international relations through the promotion of Australian culture - and he is not finished yet.

London's Southbank Centre will today announce an appearance by Rolf for one night only in the Royal Festival Hall on February 8 next year.

It is billed as a "unique opportunity" to see an "iconic performer" do two of the things he does best - painting and singing.

As well as creating a painting live on stage he will perform hits including Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport, Two Little Boys and Stairway To Heaven.

Rolf will be joined by his seven-piece band, which features one of the biggest didgeridoos in the world, and will share stories about his life with the audience.

The star of TV shows including Rolf's Cartoon Club and Animal Hospital, Rolf will be presented with his award by John Dauth, the Australian High Commissioner, with his family looking on.

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