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To Dye For

Workshop with Leah Giblin

Harness the beautiful colours of nature to create vivid impressions on fabrics using natural dyeing techniques, with textile designer Leah Giblin.

In the Yallamundi Rooms Workshop

“Natural dyes offer alternatives to chemical and synthetic dyes, which are the second-largest pollutant in waterways globally, after agricultural pollution.” 
Leah Giblin

Learn the art of natural dyeing

Natural dyes are derived from renewable, non-synthetic sources and are more environmentally friendly than man-made dyes. Join Leah Giblin as she takes you through the basics of eco-dyeing.

This class will cover: understanding the principles of safe mordanting methods for long-lasting colour, fabric selection, preparation, how different fibres react to natural dyes and why conventional dyes are harmful to the environment. After this workshop, you will take home your own naturally dyed 100% silk scarf and the skills to care for your naturally dyed fabric.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

More about Leah Gilblin...

Leah Giblin is a bespoke textile designer and costume artist with a focus on sustainability, recycling, waste reduction and non-chemical processes. Leah’s label, Day Keeper is designed and manufactured in Sydney, with a range of ‘slow’ fashion products and accessories. Leah’s two great interests have always been textiles and the environment. She began with a degree in Environmental Studies, while sewing and making in her spare time. Her love of costume and historical fashion developed over time and eventually drew her to NIDA, where she completed a costume degree. She followed that with ten years in the film and television industry, working as a costume maker, stylist, costume designer and standby. During that time she also collaborated with visual artists Mikala Dwyer, Koji Ryui, Lauren Brincat, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Justene Williams and Rochelle Haley.

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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roxane gay and nakkiah lui
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the future for women in afghanistan
hosted by diana sayed
The Australian and American troops are gone, the Taliban are back in power. What is life like now for women and girls in Afghanistan and what can we in the rest of the world do to help? Find out at All About Women 2022.
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. 

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