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Dance Rites Heats

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!

On the Forecourt

Groups representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island nations from across the country will present three dances: a welcome and a farewell dance - one of which must include a chant in local language – and a ‘wildcard’ dance of the group’s choosing.

The groups will be judged by our expert panel with the top 8 performances moving on to the Finals on Sunday evening.

Presented by the Sydney Opera House.

Dance Rites Finals

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

DANCE RITES

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. 

Find out more about Dance Rites

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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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