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Lights on: Badu Gili

Streamed on 28 June from 6:00pm AEST

On the 28th of June the Opera House launched Badu Gili — meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people. Badu Gili is a new sunset experience that will light the Sydney Opera House sails each evening, celebrating the rich history and contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations culture on Bennelong Point, a gathering place for community, ceremony and storytelling for thousands of years.

Curated by Head of First Nations Programming, Rhoda Roberts AO, the seven-minute animation weaves together the work of five eminent First Nations artists from across Australia and the Torres Strait Islands, Jenuarrie (Judith Warrie), Frances Belle Parker, Alick Tipoti and the late Lin Onus and Minnie Pwerle. 

Badu Gili will illuminate the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round at sundown and 7pm each evening. Badu Gili has been enabled by the Opera House, its Idealist donors and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Badu Gili
New daily sunset sails lighting explores ancient First Nations stories.

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