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HEATS  11 - 14 November

FINALS 21 November

A CELEBRATION OF FIRST NATIONS DANCE

Witness the powerful coming together of traditional customs, language and contemporary culture with First Nations dancers from around Australia.

As a result of nationwide measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the 2020 festival will be presented as a digital event, broadcast for free on Sydney Opera House’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. 

A message from Rhoda Roberts AO

Welcome to DANCE RITES 2020 from across Australia as we acknowledge the diverse ancestral lands, waterways and Sky country. Through our ancient ancestral narrative, the Sydney Opera House is dedicated to creating a visibility and First Nations space that fosters a new forward thinking through a 21st century voice that is authentic and true.

This year has seen many challenges but through the changes we have all experienced in our daily lives, many opportunities have arisen. First Nations communities are among the most vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have decided to continue the competition through our digital platforms whilst still ensuring there was a meaningful interaction between the registered groups as well as you, the audience.

I am so proud of all those who have contributed to this new stage of DANCE RITES, continuing the cultural maintenance, that now more than ever is essential for us all to know, as we continue living on and honouring our ancient lands, sea and Sky.

Read the full letter here

The Heats

DANCE RITES will consist of two heats, before the finals on 21 November.

Heat 1 is the Traditional Dance, revealing continuance of song cycles and language and age-old welcomes.

Heat 2 is the Wildcard Dance and is open to any style, often reflecting our shared histories, with some groups telling old comical stories, and others exploring more recent stories, fusing music and song.

Each heat will be broadcast in two parts, over four nights, 11 - 14 November.

First Nations

Heat One: Traditional, Part 1

November 11

Join us online for the heats and finals of the DANCE RITES competition as First Nations dancers from around Australia come together to share their cultural knowledge and compete to win.
First Nations

Heat One: Traditional, Part 2

November 12

Join us online for the heats and finals of the DANCE RITES competition as First Nations dancers from around Australia come together to share their cultural knowledge and compete to win.
First Nations

Heat Two: Wildcard, Part 1

November 13

Join us online for the heats and finals of the DANCE RITES competition as First Nations dancers from around Australia come together to share their cultural knowledge and compete to win.
First Nations

Heat Two: Wildcard, Part 2

November 14

Join us online for the heats and finals of the DANCE RITES competition as First Nations dancers from around Australia come together to share their cultural knowledge and compete to win.


Meet the judges
 


Acknowledgements

A very special thank you to Yuwaalaraay artist Lucy Simpson for the creation of the DANCE RITES artwork

 
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Thank you to our donors for the commitment and ongoing generosity to DANCE RITES

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Linda Herd
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