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Do you have a difficult choice to make? Do you need perspective that goes beyond your own view? You're invited to seek counsel with the elders.

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In the Drama Theatre Foyer | Talks & Ideas

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • From 15 December until at least 31 January 2022, the Opera House will continue to require that all visitors aged 16 years and over entering the building are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). These requirements will not apply to visitors attending outdoor events or venues on the Lower Concourse, including Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and the Welcome Centre;
  • QR code check-in – all patrons and their guests must continue to check-in using the Service NSW QR code;   
  • Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Parts of this event require free registration

Registration info to be confirmed

Sunday 13 March 2022, 1pm

Session runs from 1 - 4pm

These sessions run over 4 hours

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

Suitable for all ages

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times, and children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask.


“There is nothing that you can think of that I haven't seen, witnessed or been a part of in my life.”

Aunty Glendra Stubbs

Get to know the knowledge keepers in your community

First Nations peoples have a beautiful practice of respect towards elders. Dedicated to serving and teaching younger people about country and culture, elders are wisdom holders who are integral to the community. We're hosting a very special event in which four aunties will give advice on your issues in an intimate and cosy environment. Wiradjuri wise women Aunty Glendra Stubbs, Aunty Norma Ingram, Aunty Millie Ingram, and Aunty Bronwyn Penrith have over two hundred and fifty years of wisdom between them. Whatever your background, you're invited to ask an Aunty!

Bring your life questions and uncertainties, your challenges and confusions. This is an opportunity to discover the rich resource of knowledge sharing across generations in the Indigenous communities.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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Aunty Glendra Stubbs is a Wiradjuri woman. Her mob originates from the Mudgee/Dubbo and Narrandera area. Aunty Glendra has worked with a number of state and national bodies including as an Aboriginal Engagement Advisor for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the National Stolen Generations Alliance, and Metro Migrant Resource Centre. She also has been the Aunty in Residence at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in Redfern for nine years and has been the UTS Elder-in-Residence since 2019.

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Aunty Norma Ingram is an Aboriginal Elder, proud Wiradjuri woman, and the first Aboriginal person with a Master of Education from Harvard University. The chair of Wyanga, which runs services for Aboriginal Elders in Redfern and Waterloo, she sits on boards for the Red Cross and the National Congress of First People. Aunty Norma is a long-time resident of the inner-city suburb of Redfern and recently won the inaugural First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award for her work developing health and education programs for Aboriginal women.

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Aunty Millie Ingram is a Wiradjuri woman born and raised on Erambie Mission, Central NSW. Aunty Millie worked for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs for 13 years as the Assistant Secretary. She served four years as the Councillor for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council and was CEO of the Wyanga Elders program in Redfern. In 2001, Aunty Millie received a Commonwealth Bicentenary Award from former Prime Minister John Howard for her services to the community. She is now a champion of the Justice Reinvestment NSW program.

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Aunty Bronwyn Penrith is a Wiradjuri woman from NSW. Bronwyn was a part of the Tent Embassy in Canberra. She is currently a Director of the Redfern Foundation Ltd and the Chairperson of Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Women’s Corporation. Aunty Bronwyn was a founding member of the Redfern/Waterloo Aboriginal Justice Group, has served as a representative of the Ministerial Advisory Committee and NSW Aboriginal Women to the National Indigenous Women Gathering Working Party, and is part of the Redfern/Waterloo Taskforce on Family and Community Violence.

Experience all about women live on Stream

This year, All About Women will be livestreamed on Stream, Sydney Opera House's online streaming platform. Watch a single talk, or settle in for the day to reflect on burning questions about gender, equality, and justice with a Festival Pass.

A selection of ten talks will be livestreamed from this year's festival. Click here to explore the livestream program and see the talks that you can enjoy wherever you are.

There's so much more...

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facing up
roxane gay and nakkiah lui
Nothing is off limits in this conversation at All About Women 2022 between these two incredible writers whose work challenges us with the hard questions about about racism and misogyny today.
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first nations women look to the future
chelsea watego, alison whittaker, amy mcquire & larissa behrendt
Indigenous women, white feminism and power; colonial violence, self-determination and Blak joy - what are the obstacles and pathways to a new future led by First Nations women? Find out at All About Women 2022.
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creation
deborah kelly, lex lindsay + collaborators
Do you need some ritual in your life? Costume? Collective singing? Then get thee to this cosmological, participatory art encounter. Expect liturgy, colour, dance - and transcendence at All About Women 2022.

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

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 Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend the Opera House? 

From 15 December until at least 31 January 2022, the Opera House will continue to require that all visitors aged 16 years and over entering the building are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). These requirements will not apply to visitors attending outdoor events or venues on the Lower Concourse: Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and the Welcome CentreCheck-in processes will be in place for verifying proof of vaccination upon entry.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Yes, please bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

Some members of the community may have issues wearing masks due to health conditions. We ask that you be respectful to others as reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts. If you have already received your tickets, the venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Please take your seats as soon as you arrive. 

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. Please be aware that some events have lock-out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions, this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. 

Details of our right to refuse admission can be found in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Events.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In accordance with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Babies aged 0-11 months at the time of a performance may be seated on an adult’s lap but they must hold a valid Babes in Arms ticket ($10). Children 12 months and older will need to hold a standard ticket.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Will there be food and beverages available for purchase in the venue?

Foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.

The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.

Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.

Will there be pram parking at kids performances?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Will my experience be impacted by the Opera House's Renewal works?

In February 2020, the Opera House began major Concert Hall renewal works to transform the world-famous venue for 21st century performances. You can find out more here.

While the Concert Hall is closed, the rest of Opera House will remain open and vibrant, with unmissable performances and experiences across all other venues and the wider precinct.

Guests may experience some noise in foyers and theatres but we are working hard to minimise disruption associated with these important works.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment.