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Badu Gili

Daily sails lighting 

Badu Gili — meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people — is a free daily experience that explores ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection, illuminating the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round.

1 - 4 April
Chapter 1: Sunset and 9pm
Chapter 2: 8:30pm and 9:30pm
5 April Onwards
Chapter 1: Sunset and 8pm
Chapter 2: 7pm and 9pm

Best viewed from the top of the Monumental Steps. 

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Celebrating First Nations culture 

A celebration of the rich history and contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations culture, Badu Gili continues the traditions of Bennelong Point, formerly known as Tubowgule ('where the knowledge waters meet'), a gathering place for community, ceremony and storytelling for thousands of years.

An important pillar of the Opera House’s year-round First Nations program, Badu Gili is an essential Sydney cultural experience for both visitors and the local community that aims to foster and celebrate a shared sense of belonging for all Australians.

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Badu Gili has been enabled by the Opera House, its Idealist donors and the Australia Council for the Arts. 

The story of Badu Gili

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

Badu Gili Live

This summer, join us on the Monumental Steps for Badu Gili Live. A sunset music series against the backdrop of the illuminated eastern Bennelong sail.  Electro-soul duo Bow and Arrow will be performing to bring Badu Gili to life.

Don’t miss a beat with the Badu Gili Live pop-up bar serving a menu inspired by Australian native flora. Take a sip on the exclusive ‘Light on the Sail’ cocktail with Archie Rose x Sydney Opera House Inside Gin, native river mint, ginger, lime, and cloudy apple; or nibble on hummus with macadamia dukkha with harissa of native pepper and charred bread.

Badu Gili Live is a free experience on the first Friday of every month, running until April 2020.*

Bow and Arrow: 3 April 2020, 7:20pm and 8:08pm

*This experience may be subject to change due to weather. 

Badu Gili Live

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Meet the Badu Gili Artists

Where to Eat and Drink before and after Badu Gili

Satisfy your hunger at one of the many restaurants and bars here at the Opera House. Start your evening at Bennelong Restaurant enjoying their Badu Gili mocktail and a shared plate or two from the Cured and Cultured menu. Or perhaps visit The Lounge and try their baked apple custard tart, quandong glaze & lemon myrtle tea or their eucalyptus cocktail. 

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