Dance Rites is an inspirational, long-term program to increase participation and engagement in cultural life by First Australians. Created by the Sydney Opera House in 2015 through the vision of Rhoda Roberts AO, Head of First Nations programming,
Dance Rites revives a range of vanishing cultural practices including dance, language, traditional instruments and skin markings to ensure that they are passed from one generation to the next.
Save the date!
Please put Sunday 26 November in your diary for the Dance Rites 2017 competition finals, as part of Homeground, the Opera House’s free, outdoor annual celebration of First Nations’ culture.
Help Dance Rites achieve its 2017 goals
Our donors have enabled Dance Rites to achieve its goals with substantial success in its first two establishing years. Dance Rites is now entering a critical stage in its development. To ensure Dance Rites continues to achieve its purpose, your gift will help to:
Broaden geographic representation, including from northern, central and western Australia;
Increase registrations and the number of groups participating;
Decrease drop-outs after registration from groups who cannot afford travel expenses to Sydney;
Support communities from remote areas to participate; and
Grow Indigenous community awareness of Dance Rites across Australia.
“One of the nation's most joyful and competitive Indigenous cultural events.”
The greatest barrier limiting Dance Rites’ potential is the substantial drop-out rate between registration and participation. In 2016, one third of registered groups were forced to cancel due to a lack of funding for travel and accommodation. Your gift will support a travel fund to help remote and disadvantaged communities make the journey to Sydney for the competition finals.
Make your gift for Dance Rites
The Opera House and the Creative Music Fund, Dance Rites Foundation Partner, invite you to join them in their financial support of theis ground-breaking initiative.
We are especially grateful to our Founding Dance Rites Donors (*) for their commitment and ongoing generosity.
* Founding Dance Rites Donor ^ Creative Music Fund Investor
The Penn Foundation ^
Crispin Rice *
Janne Ryan *^
Brook Turner *
Inner Circle of Friends
Annette Adair *
Albert Fisher Family Trust *^
Rojé Augustin and Tom Donald
Janie Austin *^
Annabelle Chapman *^
Anne Coombs and Susan Varga *^
Natalie Cootes-McBryde ^
Shamal and Kate Dass ^
Galina Kaseko and Sam Burshtein
Jane Kift *
Agnes Matrai *
Lisa-Marie Murphy and Nick Fletcher ^
Martin Portus *^
Lindy Ryan ^
Bronwyn Simons *^
Susan Spencer *^
Helen Trinca ^