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DANCE RITES

24 – 25 NOV
FREE EVENT

A CELEBRATION OF FIRST NATIONS DANCE

Witness the powerful coming together of traditional customs and contemporary culture, with hundreds of First Nations dancers from around Australia and performers from around the world.

Join us on the Forecourt, a First Nations meeting place for thousands of years, to share in this free festival of live dance, music and community. 

Free
Dance

Dance Rites Heats

3:45pm - 8pm, Nov 24 and 3:45pm - 5:30pm, Nov 25

Join us for the heats of the Dance Rites competition as hundreds of the greatest First Nations dancers from around Australia come together to share their cultural knowledge and compete to win!
Electric Bold Exhilarating
Free
Dance

Dance Rites Finals

6pm - 6:45pm, Nov 25

Join us at the finals of the Dance Rites competition as the top 8 groups perform for the final prizes.
Electric Bold Exhilarating


Also part of Dance Rites

Free
Music

Electric Fields

9pm, Nov 24

Electric Fields is a powerful new music duo, Michael Ross and Zaachariaha Fielding, creating a striking and haunting merging of living traditional culture with electronic music.
Electric Bold Exhilarating
Free
Dance

Muggera

8:25pm, Nov 24 and 5:40pm, Nov 25

The Muggera Dancers come from a long line of cultural leaders, song men, world-class dancers and didgeridoo players with a formidable respect for culture.
Electric Bold Sensory
Free
Music

Leonard Sumner

Nov 25

Leonard Sumner has been called one of the most important, vital new voices of the First Nations roots music scene in Canada. Experience his self-determined sound live at Dance Rites.
Moving Blood pumping Eye opening
Free
Dance

Te Rua Mauri

8:40pm, Nov 24 and 5:55pm, Nov 25

Experience the expressive dance styles of traditional Maori culture.
Inspiring Exhilarating
Free
Dance

Allkumo Dancers

3:25pm, Nov 24 and 3:10pm, Nov 25

We are thrilled to welcome back to the Dance Rites stage the Allkumo Dancers, winner of the 2017 ‘Wild card’ dance.
Electric Bold Exhilarating
Free
Dance

Kulgoodah Dancers

3:10pm, Nov 24 and 3:25pm, Nov 25

After taking out the first prize in the Dance Rites 2017 competition, the Kulgoodah Dancers return to perform on both days at the festival in 2018.
Moving Energising
Free
First Nations

Badu Gili

Every Day

New daily sunset sails lighting explores ancient First Nations stories. The projection is available daily at sunset.
Made in Australia Inspiring

Dance Rites 2018 Acknowledgements

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

* Founding Dance Rites Donor  ^ Creative Music Fund Investor

Sydney Opera House acknowledges the generous support of ARROW, Dance Rites Foundation Partner.

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