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Dance Rites 2019

Embracing the future without losing sight of the past, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country to create their signature feel good Australian earth sound. An irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music.

On the Forecourt

A mashup of dance and downtempo electro beats marinated in the mystical spirit of the Dreamtime.

The OKA journey began after their involvement in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and they continue to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a growing audience globally. Independently selling over 170,000 albums, they have shared the stage with Arrested Development, Finnley Quay, Xavier Rudd, Dehli to Dublin, Kinnie Starr, and Digging Roots, and featured in festivals like Glastonbury, Montreal Jazz, Woodford Folk Festival, Rainbow Serpent, and Splendour in the Grass. OKA send unsuspecting crowds into hypnotic frenzies, and have a reputation for festival highlight standout performances.

At the creative heart of the music is Stu Boga Fergie (aka DidgeriSTU) who connects you to earth with the deep subsonic pulse and resonance of his Yidaki (didgeridoo). He is the man behind the electronic beats, keys and vocals inspired by his Aboriginal heritage.

Don’t miss a sound and force that touches the heart and connects the soul.

Presented by the Sydney Opera House.



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.

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Nov 23 & 24
Join us for the heats and finals 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!
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