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All About WomenValues

All About Women is one of the most popular offerings of the Opera House’s Talks & Ideas program. Each year the event welcomes an outstanding line-up of international and Australian artists, thinkers and storytellers, exploring the ever-evolving big ideas important to women, non-binary people and allies.

Since it opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House has promoted creativity, diversity, environmental sustainability, cultural rights and respect for heritage, both on and off its stages.

For thousands of years, Tubowgule, the land on which the Opera House stands, has been a place of gathering and belonging for the Gadigal people. The Opera House carries on this legacy by embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First Peoples. In 2011, the Opera House became the first performing arts organisation in Australia to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan committing to a range of actions and initiatives that aim to safeguard these traditions and adapting cultures for future generations.


In 2019, the Opera House joined a growing collective of global  and Australian companies, governments and community organisations becoming the first major Australian arts institutions to announce their commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which provide a roadmap to address the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030.

Our Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging strategy aligns with our core mission to be Everyone’s House.

All About Women wholeheartedly embodies these values, both within the program and through a number of accessibility and inclusion initiatives.



Since opening in 1973, the Sydney Opera House has celebrated and supported the diversity of our rainbow communities, including presenting brilliant work featuring many queer artists and their stories. Reflecting its mission “to inspire, and strengthen the community, through everything we do”, the Opera House is also a regular in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, with a sparkling float to celebrate its LGBTIQ+ staff and their allies. All About Women is proud to continue this tradition.

As in previous years, the festival will provide all-gender bathrooms for staff and patrons.



The Sydney Opera House is committed to inclusivity by removing barriers for audiences, artists and staff. We place consultation with people who are deaf and disabled at the centre of our plans for our site, venues, stages, public spaces and the performances and experiences we offer. We are committed to ensuring that creatively we provide a platform and safe space for artists with a lived experience of disability, whether it be through development and mentoring, the selection of stories that are told on our stages and digital platforms or the choice of artists that perform.

We have live-captioned and Auslan-interpreted talks at All About Women. A quiet space will also be provided for anyone who needs to take time out from the day and for those who have sensory sensitivities. The festival includes a Digital Education Stream that gives students access to talks in schools. If you prefer to watch the talks online or on demand later, select sessions will be available to purchase on our digital streaming platform, Stream.

Find more information on accessibility at the Opera House, including the best ways to travel to the site.

We actively encourage feedback to continue to improve access.
Phone 02 9250 7777 or email


environmental sustainability

All About Women supports our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through minimal printed materials, recycling signage, and offering sustainable merchandise that is printed in small quantities using sustainable materials. 

Find out more information about sustainability at the Opera House.