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In Colour

A Dialogue with Rising Artists

All About Women has partnered with Western Sydney-based literacy movement Sweatshop on an emerging writers mentorship program for women and non-binary First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse writers. For the first time, they will also read their work live on-stage in dialogue with mentors Winnie Dunn and Randa Abdel-Fattah.

As the recipients of the All About Women of Colour Mentorship program, Yeena Kirkbright and Ayeesha Ash will debut their new work live at this event.  

The finished works are inspired by the All About Women festival themes of: allyship, friendship, and our collective responsibility to our loved ones, our neighbours, our communities.

Read the works

In the Yallamundi Rooms | 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:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. 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; 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.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Multipacks

General public on sale - 9am, Thursday 16 December

Single Tickets 

Insider Member Priority – 9am, Thursday 16 December
General public on sale - 9am, Friday 17 December

Sunday 13 March 2022, 1pm

Session runs from 1pm - 2pm

Standard tickets from $33 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction Save up to 15% with a festival Multipack | Livestream tickets from $15

Ticket Unreserved Seating
Standard
$33
Insider (Save 20% on this performance) $26.40
Multipack Buy 3 - 4 events and save 10%  $29.70
Multipack Buy 5+ events and save 15%  $28.05
Livestream $15
Livestream festival pass $85
Babes in arms $10

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times

The authorised ticket agency for this event is Sydney Opera House and Vimeo. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

Enjoy the full day of talks online with a Festival Pass ($85), or purchase an individual livestream ($15). Purchase here.

This session runs for approximately 60 minutes (no interval)

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

In English | Auslan interpreted | Audio loop available & wheelchair accessible

Auslan interpretation service is provided for audiences who are deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Experienced Auslan interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying into Auslan. A block of seats is reserved for users of this service to ensure a good view of the interpreter and the stage. If you wish to book Auslan tickets and be seated in this area please call 02 9250 7777 or email bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com

Find out more about accessibility at Sydney Opera House.

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.


“The stories and experiences of culturally diverse women can help challenge and transform people’s negative opinions and prejudices”

Winnie Dunn

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All About Women of Colour 

The final works

Four writers, Yeena Kirkbright, Ayeesha Ash, Lina Ali and Raqiya Ahmed, worked on short fiction pieces inspired by the themes of this year’s All About Women festival, under the guidance of Sweatshop judges/mentors Winnie Dunn and Randa Abdel-Fattah.

Read the pieces

Writing is a tool to fight injustice: get involved!

All About Women hosts a new cohort of emerging writer mentees. Two writers will work on a short piece inspired by the themes of this year’s All About Women festival, under the guidance of Sweatshop judges/mentors Winnie Dunn and Randa Abdel-Fattah. Finished works will be published on Sydney Opera House’s website and amplified across our social media channels.

The program is open to emerging writers from First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have some record of publication but have not yet published a full-length work. For the first time, they will also read their creative writing pieces live on-stage in dialogue with Winnie and Randa. This will be an exciting event to get to know the next generation of literary talent!

Presented by Sydney Opera House

More about the recipients

Yeena Kirkbright

Yeena is a Wiradjuri poet who grew up in Central West New South Wales. She is now blessed to live and work on Dharug and Gadigal lands here in Sydney. Her work has appeared in several literary journals, including Cordite Poetry Review, Overland and most recently in Australian Poetry’s Best of Australian Poems 2021. Her poem The Grief Tourist was awarded runner up in Overland literary journal’s 2021 Kuracca Prize for Australian Literature.

For the All About Women of Colour writing mentorship, Yeena is working on a series of poems celebrating the women in her family. In particular, she will reflect on the experiences of her Grandmother, who was from an inspiring and resilient generation of Aboriginal women.

What do allyship, friendship and community mean to you in 2022?

I think the friendship of poets Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Judith Wright was a great example of what allyship, friendship and community should be. In the words of Wright from her poem 'Two Dreamtimes (For Oodgeroo Noonuccal)'

If we are sisters, it's in this -
our grief for a lost country,
the place we dreamed in long ago,
poisoned now and crumbling.

What speakers at All About Women do you want to hear from?

Excited for Roxanne Gay and Laura Tingle.

What book has had the most significant impact on your life or work – and why?

Firefront: First Nations poetry and power today, curated and introduced by Alison Whittaker. This book opened my eyes to the beautiful and powerful canon of First Nations poetry we have in this country.

If could have dinner with a writer or fictional character who would that be?

Joy Harjo

Yeena Kirkbright, winner of the All About Women of Colour writing mentorship

Ayeesha Ash

Ayeesha is a proud Māori Grenadian interdisciplinary artist who seeks to spark social consciousness through her work. In 2015 she co-founded the highly acclaimed creative arts company Black Birds, of which she is now the Artistic Director. Black Birds was created as a response to the lack of representation & misrepresentation of Womxn of Colour in the Australian arts. With each project, creatives collaborate on works that dissect and document Black and Brown diasporic experiences in Australia. Black Birds is currently creating Seen, a television show inspired by their sold out stage play Brown Skin Girl. 

For the All About Women of Colour writing mentorship Ayeesha will be developing a short story which explores the breaking of a tether between two sisters and the grief that makes way for freedom. 

What do allyship, friendship and community mean to you in 2022?

They mean showing up, showing love and practicing accountability with care. People and experiences come into our lives for a reason - it’s up to us to learn and grow from them. There is a time to listen, a time to speak and I time to hold, or be held; allyship, friendship and community offer this to us all. 

What speakers at All About Women do you want to hear from?

So many! Roxanne Gay, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Grace Tame, Rosie Batty, Chelsea Watego, Allison Whittaker, Amy McQuire, Jazz Money, FlexMami - this list goes on!

What book has had the most significant impact on your life or work – and why?

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I was first introduced to this book in high school and since then have read it at least 5 times. I love the way that Marquez uses magic realism in his exploration of culture and people. There’s a beautiful poetic understanding of the complexity of familial relationships and intergenerational trauma. But there’s also something about this text that is very healing - like being submerged in saltwater. 

If could have dinner with a writer or fictional character who would that be?

Coleson Whitehead (author of The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys + more). A phenomenal storyteller who weaves fiction and history so seamlessly. 

Ayeesha Ash, winner of the All About Women of Colour writing mentorship

More about...

Winnie Dunn is the General Manager of Western Sydney based literacy movement, Sweatshop. She is a writer of Tongan descent from Mount Druitt and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western Sydney University. Winnie’s work has been published in the Sydney Review of Books, Griffith Review, Meanjin, SBS Voices, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Southerly and Cordite. She is the editor of several critically acclaimed anthologies, and currently working on her debut novel as the recipient of a CAL Ignite grant.

More about...

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Palestinian Egyptian Muslim author of 14 books, Palestine advocate and Islamophobia scholar. Randa is also a sociologist at Macquarie University researching race, activism, youth and the war on terror. Randa’s first picture storybook, 11 Words for Love, inspired by the Arabic language, is due for release in 2022. Her latest book, based on writing workshops and interviews with Muslim and non-Muslim youth, is Coming of Age in the War on Terror.

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 & 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
aileen moreton-robinson, chelsea watego, 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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all about women of colour

Be part of this writing mentorship program collaboration with Sweatshop and Sydney Opera House, working on 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 Concert Hall, 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?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. 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 visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

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 0-2 years old at the time of a performance may be seated on an adult’s lap. Children 2 years 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. 

FAQs – Livestreams

How do I watch the livestream?

  1. Purchase a livestream ticket. Livestreams are watched through the Sydney Opera House's streaming platform, Stream
  2. We recommend you sign in to Stream at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the livestream to ensure you log in smoothly and aren’t experiencing any issues. 
  3. Once you’ve signed in, navigate to the Stream event webpage where you purchased the ticket, by searching the event title in the search function. You will also receive an email notification ahead of the livestream commencing, with a direct link to this same web page where you’ll watch.
    Note - Depending on the livestream, you may find two livestream options in your purchase. An accessible livestream option may appear, which includes both closed captions and Auslan interpretation. 
  4. The livestream will begin playing automatically or shortly after the designated start time on the Stream event web page. 
  5. You will have a chance to re-watch the livestream for an indicated length of time, which will be made available on your Stream account following the event. Note, the archived recording will be available approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of the livestream.

Can I watch the livestream on any device?

The Stream app is now here! Turn your living room into a theatre or watch on the go. The Stream app allows you to livestream from wherever you are. Alternatively, watch the livestream from your preferred browser. 

How to use the Stream app:

  1. Create a free Stream account here.

    To be first in the know when new Stream releases are announced, be sure to tick the box to confirm you’re interested in receiving ‘newsletters and product updates from Stream - Sydney Opera House’.

  2. To watch on a TV or an Apple phone or tablet, download the Stream app from the Apple Store. To watch on an Android phone or tablet, download the app from Google Play.  

  3. Open the Stream app and tap ‘Sign In’.

  4. Start watching on any device!

Can I share my livestream account with a friend?

You can only watch livestreams on one device at any one time.

Can I use my Sydney Opera House account login when purchasing a livestream ticket?

The streaming platform is managed by our platform partner Vimeo. You will need to create a seperate account on the streaming platform to purchase a livestream ticket.

Once I have watched the livestream, can I watch it again later?

A recording of the livestream will be available to watch on your account for 3 days following the event. Note, the archive recording will be available approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of the livestream.

What happens if there is a technical issue with the livestream?

The quality of your live playback experience is largely dependent on the download speed you have from ISP (Internet Service Provider) or mobile provider. Keep in mind that your overall Internet speed can vary depending on many factors, including but not limited to: time of day, Wi-Fi performance, other devices/users utilizing your connection, and the strength of the signal provided by your ISP.

Visit the Help section of our streaming platform at https://stream.sydneyoperahouse.com/help to troubleshoot your issue. 

You may also wish to verify that you are using a supported web browser - you can find a list of supported browsers here.

If you have continue to have issues with the livestream during the duration of the event, note you will be able to watch a recording of the Livestream via your account for 30 days following the festival.  

If your issue persists, please contact Support at https://stream.sydneyoperahouse.com/contact/support.  

Note, support is managed by our streaming platform partner Vimeo.