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Values

Since it opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House has promoted creativity, diversity, environmental sustainability, cultural rights and respect for heritage, both on and off its stages. As we approach our 50th anniversary, we remain as committed to these values as ever and are setting out the positive change we want to drive over the next 50 years, and beyond.

For thousands of years, Tubowgule, the land on which the Opera House stands, has been a place of gathering and belonging for the Gadigal people. The Opera House carries on this legacy by embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First Peoples. In 2011, the Opera House became the first performing arts organisation in Australia to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan commiting to a range of actions and initiatives that aim to safeguard these traditions and adapting cultures for future generations. 

In 2019, the Opera House joined a growing collective of global and Australian companies, governments and community organisations becoming the first major Australian arts institution to announce its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which provide a roadmap to address the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030.

To align with our core mission to inspire and strengthen the community through everything we do, the Opera House recently launched our 2021-23 Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging strategy.

All About Women wholeheartedly embodies these values, both within the program and through a number of accessibility and inclusion initiatives.

All About Women is the annual centrepiece of the Opera House’s Talks & Ideas program and each year the event welcomes an outstanding line-up of international and Australian artists, thinkers and storytellers, exploring the ever-evolving big ideas important to women, non-binary people and allies.

First Nations Community

Tubowgule, the land on which the Opera House stands, has always been a place of gathering and belonging. The Opera House carries on this legacy by embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First Peoples and First Nations globally.

This year’s festival is co-curated by First Nations legal academic, broadcaster, filmmaker and writer Larissa Behrendt AO. The program line-up includes a two-part event First Nations Women look to the Future, with Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Goenpul author of seminal Indigenous feminist text Talkin’ Up to the White Woman, in conversation with Larissa Behrendt. This is followed by a panel of next generation First Nations voices including Munanjahli and South Sea Islander academic Chelsea Watego, Darumbal and South Sea Islander academic and podcaster Amy McQuire and Gomeroi poet and legal researcher Alison Whittaker. The Ask An Aunty workshop involves four First Nations Elders offering life advice on pressing personal issues, inviting audiences to discover the rich resource of knowledge sharing across generations in Indigenous communities.

Community tickets are available for all talks to those who identify as First Nations at $10 per ticket. Click on the links below to access these tickets or call the Box Office between 9am-5pm, Monday through to Friday on +61 2 9250 7777.

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LGBTIQ+

Since opening in 1973, the Sydney Opera House has celebrated and supported the diversity of our rainbow communities, including presenting brilliant work featuring many queer artists and their stories. Reflecting its mission “to inspire, and strengthen the community, through everything we do”, the Opera House is also a regular in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, with a sparkling float to celebrate its LGBTIQ+ staff and their allies.

All About Women is proud to continue this tradition. As part of the 2022 program, writer, historian, and podcaster Yves Rees is curating and hosting a provocative panel discussion Beyond the Binary, that imagines a future where rigid binaries and gendered expectations no longer exist.

As in previous years, the festival will provide all-gender bathrooms for staff and patrons.

Accessibility

The Sydney Opera House is committed to inclusivity by removing barriers for audiences, artists and staff. We place consultation with people who are deaf and disabled at the centre of our plans for our site, venues, stages, public spaces and the performances and experiences we offer. We are committed to ensuring that creatively we provide a platform and safe space for artists with a lived experience of disability, whether it be through development and mentoring, the selection of stories that are told on our stages and digital platforms or the choice of artists that perform.

We have live captioned and Auslan Interpreted talks at All About Women. The Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer will be a designated quiet reflective space for anyone who needs it. It will be suitable for those who have sensory sensitivities or are on the autism spectrum. The festival includes a Digital Education Stream that gives students access to talks in schools and a Satellite Program that gives people in regional areas access to the program. If you prefer to watch the talks online or on demand later, select sessions are available to purchase on our digital streaming platform, Stream.

More information on accessibility at the Opera House, including the best ways to travel to the site, can be found here.

This year, Eliza Hull, musician and editor of the soon to be published anthology of stories by disabled parents, We've Got This, is curating and appearing on a panel discussing the everyday of disabled parenting with musician Elly-May Barnes and artist, psychologist and human rights academic Debra Keenahan.

We actively encourage feedback to continue to improve access. Phone 02 9250 7777 or email (accessibility@sydneyoperahouse.com). 

environmental sustainability

The Sydney Opera House has committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which provide a roadmap to address the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030, including climate change, inequality and education. 

All About Women supports these goals through minimal printed materials, recycling signage, and offering sustainable merchandise that is printed in small quantities using sustainable materials. This year Leah Giblin is running a natural dyeing workshop To Dye For, where Leah teaches the basics of eco-printing.

For more information about sustainability at the Opera House click here.