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At the Sydney Opera House

Celebrating the richness of the world’s oldest living cultures

Since time immemorial Tubowgule, the land on which the Opera House stands, has been a place of gathering and belonging. The Gadigal and Sydney basin clans would meet on the tidal island, dance, sing, feast, exchange knowledge and share stories. The Opera House carries on this legacy by embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First Peoples and First Nations globally.




A Welcome To Country is a customary greeting that Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island people extend to visitors, who in turn agree to respect respect traditional laws and culture.

What's On

Click here to find out more about Sydney Opera House First Nations programming.

Letters to Cook | A podcast miniseries from Deadly Voices from the House

Listen to three searing messages to Captain Cook and the colonial legacy

It's been 250 years since the Endeavour landed. What do First Nations peoples have to say?
Presented by an Aboriginal narrator, this interactive digital excursion will take students on a journey of discovery around the area now known as Bennelong Point from the Aboriginal perspective.

Career Development Opportunities 

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing hands-on experiences to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, which can lead to employment opportunities.

For further information about these career opportunities, please contact

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be great and learn more about our culture at the Opera House." 

Courtney, Work Experience Program participant, FY17

Read, Watch, Listen

A guide to Dance Rites

Your handbook for the song and dance of Australia's ancient cultures

Listen to Deadly Voices from the House - Podcast

A podcast that takes intimate interviews with First Nations artists and leaders to the world. Hosted by Rhoda Roberts AO.

Eternal history: The story of First Nations theatre at the Sydney Opera House

Liza-Mare Syron traces the history of First Nations theatre at the Sydney Opera House back to the buildings very first days.

The story of Badu Gili

Meet the Indigenous artists bringing First Nations cultures to the world.

An Asian, an Aboriginal and an Islander take on white Australia in Nakkiah Lui's new play

In the new satire from Nakkiah Lui, Michelle Lim Davidson disarms audiences with humour to check their own racism.

Zaachariaha Fielding - It's A Long Story podcast

Crossing genres like soul, pop and electronica, Electric Fields has led Zaachariaha to massive stages all around Australia and the world, and in 2017 they scored Best New Talent at the NIMA Awards.


The Opera House is committed to providing educational, professional development and cultural opportunities for First Nations communities. Whether through work experience, curated performances, such as the annual Dance Rites festival, or the daily lighting of the sails, the generous contributions of our visitors and friends allows us to create a positive impact in the lives of our communities.

Giving a gift today helps foster and celebrate a shared sense of belonging for all Australians. See how you can create change here.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Opera House is committed to respecting, embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First People. Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) outlines this commitment through a range of actions and initiatives that are being undertaken across all areas of the Opera House. These initiatives aim to safeguard the traditions of the world’s oldest living culture, and provide opportunities for Australia’s First People. Visit our Reconciliation Action Plan here

If you’d like to learn more about Reconciliation Australia’s RAP program, you can do so here or access the Share Our Pride tool to help you start your cultural awareness journey.