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Learn your Local Language

Antidote workshop 

This free workshop is a wonderful opportunity to explore Indigenous language with Darug woman Aunty Jacinta Tobin and Gadigal man Joel Davison.
In the Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer | Talks & Ideas

Keeping you safe

  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • We strongly recommend that patrons over the age of 12 wear a face mask while attending a performance inside one of our venues.
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 meters whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 
  • Within venues, please adhere to our spaced seating plans and always take your allocated seat.
  • There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for audiences attending performances. This includes the circumstances under which you must not attend the Opera House, and what’s required of you when you visit. Please read about them here.

“When you learn the language it’s like you carry an ember so that you can light a fire.”

Joel Davison

Connect with the ancient languages of your home town

When we go overseas most of us will take the time to learn some basic words in the local language, but how many of us know any of our local Sydney languages? With over 60,000 years of rich history, Australia had between 300 to 700 Indigenous languages and dialects before colonisation. Now, 160 are still spoken, and this number may decline in coming years. With our free local language workshop, you'll get the chance to encounter ancient culture and help preserve the knowledge systems and cultural values embedded in words. You'll meet Darug woman Aunty Jacinta Tobin and Gadigal man Joel Davison to learn greetings and introductions, landscape and place names, body parts, simple grammar, and a song. A celebration of Indigenous heritage and the growing movement to reawaken language, this event will be a beautiful opportunity to engage with the local language of the Sydney area.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

More about Jacinta Tobin...

Jacinta Tobin is an Indigenous singer/songwriter from the Darug Tribe. In 2001 she released her first debut CD 'Yarramundi and the Four Leaf Clover' which is a musical story of the Darug People. Jacinta began her studies and community work in 1997 with a Master of Applied Science in Social Ecology. Since then she has worked with schools, universities, community and government using her music and her community work background to educate all on Darug language, songs and local Darug culture.

More about Joel Davison...

Joel Davison is a Gadigal and Dunghutti man from Sydney, working to revitalise his family's language. He joined Red Room poetry to explore his connection to language and country. In his 9-5 he leads technology projects at Commonwealth Bank.

Venue Information

In-line with current NSW Government advice, all venues will have a reduced venue capacity of 50% (or a maximum of 1000 guests).

In order to maintain physical distancing within venues, tickets to this event will be sold in a single seat pattern. At all times, we will do our best to support your needs, but please bear in mind that this will be subject to the restrictions in place at that time.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in designated foyers spaces. For select shows, drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues. Please check specific event information closer to the performance date.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $10 discounted rate if you book ahead, please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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