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Wanha!

Wanha! Journey to Arnhem

Be transported to Australia’s remarkable Top End with Wanha!, and experience the Yolŋu people’s musical history and vibrant contemporary scene. This unforgettable Forecourt event will star Arnhem Land’s top talent, including Djakapurra Munyarryun, Dhapanbal Yunupingu, Juran Adams and Andrew Gurruwiwi.

Set times
6:00pm Gates open
7:30 - 9:00pm Wanha! Journey to Arnhem

Patrons must be in the venue by 7:00pm AEDT.
Please be aware that if you arrive after 7:00pm AEDT and the venue reaches capacity, your ticket may be reallocated to waiting patrons. 

Set times are subject to change without notice.

On the Forecourt & on Stream | First Nations | Free with registration

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Registration information

Patrons wishing to attend this event must register through the event page. Registration opens at the following times.

Insider members: Wednesday 28th September 2022 9:00am
What's On eNewsletter subscribers: Wednesday 28th September 2022 12:00pm

General Public: Friday 30th September 2022 9:00am

One performance on Thursday 17th November 2022 Free livestream on Stream

On the Forecourt:
Thursday 17th November 2022

Set times
6:00pm Gates open
7:30 - 9:00pm Wanha! Journey to Arnhem

Patrons must be in the venue by 7:00pm AEDT.
Please be aware that if you arrive after 7:00pm AEDT and the venue reaches capacity, your ticket may be reallocated to waiting patrons. 

Set times are subject to change without notice.

Free Livestream:
Thursday 17 November
Broadcast from 7.30pm AEDT
On demand available for 12 months

Free event

Ticket Price
Unreserved Seating
 Free ticket with registration* 

*Max 4 per person

The authorised agencies for this event are Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below. Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. 

For any special access requirements phone the Contact Centre on 02 9250 7777 or email bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com.

The run time for this performance is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

“Sometimes, if we’re lucky, we have the opportunity to experience an event that might be considered life changing."

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First Nations performer singing on stage

Indomitable spirit and unbelievable talent, transported from Yolŋu Country 

Explore the land of one of Australia’s oldest living cultures. Wanha! immerses audiences in the geographical splendour and dynamic history of an ancient landscape that few get to experience outside of dreams.

Featuring stunning visuals, narration and a combination of sung traditional language and English, this free Forecourt showcase will demonstrate the strength of the music, activism and art that has always come from Arnhem Land–the 65,000 year-old birthplace of cultural and legislative touchstones such as the 1963 Bark Petitions.

Standing on the shoulders of musical giants such as Yothu Yindi, Yolŋu Country has cultivated an international reputation for community excellence in the arts. This is your chance to experience masters of music and language, and the guardians of one of the world’s oldest continuing cultural legacies, as they tour outside the Northern Territory for one of the first times ever. 

Register now for this free, unforgettable Forecourt event 

Presented by Sydney Opera House

   

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Proudly funded by

New South Wales Government

This project is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Blockbusters Funding initiative.

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In our 50th year, we’re throwing a party and everyone’s invited.

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Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Concert Hall, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre, Utzon Room and Forecourt. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and 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

  • 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 six min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

You may notice that the Opera House is undertaking works at the site entrance. This is to address water leakage issues and to mitigate long-term water damage to the Opera House building and its structure.

We recommend you arrive at least 60 minutes before the concert begins, and please follow the advice of Opera House staff when on site. We apologise for any queuing you may experience on the day, and would like to thank you for your understanding as we work hard to get you to your show on time.

The Opera House Wilson car park will be open, however it is expected to reach capacity early. Patrons are encouraged to use public transport and allow plenty of extra travel time.

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Will there be any seating at the event?

This event is a seated event on the Forecourt. If you have accessibility requirements, please get in touch with our customer service team to advise in advance by emailing bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com or calling 02 9250 7777.

Will there be bag checks by Opera House security?

In line with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs or within the Western Foyers, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Please travel lightly and do not bring items that require cloaking e.g. handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks and umbrellas, which are not permitted inside our venues.

Will there be cloaking at the event?

There will be no cloaking on the Forecourt. No umbrellas, strollers, chairs, laser pointers, sparklers, professional cameras or recording devices or selfie sticks, sharp knives or objects.

Will there be food and beverages available for purchase in the venue?

Food and beverages will be available on the eastern side of the Forecourt when gates open. 

There will be a selection of food trucks serving chicken schnitzel, Turkish gozleme, organic & vegetarian street food, gourmet German sausages, freshly-made gelato and coffee. 

Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event?

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Is there anything I can’t bring?

Please note that BYO alcohol or glass is not permitted onsite. Further information about items that are prohibited onsite can be found on our Conditions of Entry.

Will the event go ahead if it’s raining?

This is an all-weather event. Visitors are encouraged to check the weather and come prepared.

This event is taking place outdoors so we recommend you dress appropriately for the weather. Umbrellas are not permitted for any ticketholders attending performances on the Forecourt. We encourage ticketholders to bring their own ponchos and raincoats.

Except in circumstances beyond our control, this event will proceed rain or shine.

Can I bring a chair with me?

Chairs are not permitted at the Opera House. Further information about items that are prohibited onsite can be found on our Conditions of Entry.

Will there be pram parking?

There will be no pram parking available. 

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.

By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment.

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