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Dance Rites

Dance Rites is Australia’s national Indigenous dance competition which aims to ensure important cultural knowledge including language, dance, skin markings and instruments is shared from one generation to the next.

On the Forecourt

This Event is:

Engaging
Welcoming
Memorable
Free
Dance Rites Image: Simon Li.

Dance Rites is Australia’s national Indigenous dance competition which aims to ensure important cultural knowledge including language, dance, skin markings and instruments is shared from one generation to the next. Teaching and learning traditional practices is the best way to reclaim songlines, celebrate and enjoy culture.

The Dance Rites competition is inspired by Pow Wow Circuit in North America and Canada, and by the Kapa Haka in New Zealand.

Dance Rites heats will take place Sunday morning (10am-1pm) with the finals taking place in the evening (5-7pm). Come join the crowd and celebrate a day of shared culture, language and excellent dance moves. 

Presented by the Sydney Opera House.

Dance Rites 2017 Donors

We are especially grateful to our Founding Dance Rites Donors (*) for their commitment and ongoing generosity.

* Founding Dance Rites Donor  ^ Creative Music Fund Investor

Idealists

Alexandra Martin
The Penn Foundation ^
Crispin Rice *
Janne Ryan *^ 
Brook Turner *

Inner Circle of Friends

Annette Adair *
Shar Adams ^
Albert Fisher Family Trust *^
Rojé Augustin and Tom Donald
Michael & Janie Austin *^
Annabelle Chapman *^
Anne Coombs and Susan Varga *^
Natalie Cootes-McBryde ^
Shamal and Kate Dass ^
Ryissa Fogarty *
Galina Kaseko and Sam Burshtein
Jane Kift *
Tohsak Mahaworasilpa
Agnes Matrai *
Jean McPherson
Lisa-Marie Murphy and Nick Fletcher ^
Jenny Newel
Martin Portus *^
Lindy Ryan ^
Anne Schlebaum
Regal Health Group *^
Bronwyn Simons *^
Susan Spencer *^
Tom Tansey
TRIBE ^
Helen Trinca ^

 

Sydney Opera House acknowledges the generous support of the Creative Music Fund, Dance Rites Foundation Partner.

Homeground

For thousands of years, the land that Sydney Opera House is built on was a gathering place for the Gadigal people who danced and sang here.

Homeground continues the rich history of this site, formerly known as Tubowgule, by bringing the very best First Nations artists from around the world to the Opera House Forecourt for two free days of music, dance, workshops and markets.

Celebrate the power of contemporary artists and ancient customs under the sun and stars at Homeground 2017.

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