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Badu Gili: Wonder Women

Daily lighting of the sails


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 First Nations stories in a spectacular six-minute projection on the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sails. 

Watch the sails illuminate hourly at sunset* with Badu Gili: Wonder Women, a new projection celebrating the work and stories of six female First Nations artists, created in collaboration between the Opera House and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to mark the Gallery’s 150th anniversary. 

Best viewed from the top of the Monumental Steps | View Map

COVID-safe and event information

  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance.
  • 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.
  • There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for audiences attending performances, including the digital check in of every person for contact tracing purposes. This includes the circumstances under which you must not attend the Opera House, and what’s required of you when you visit. Please read about them here.

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.

Badu Gili: Wonder Women, curated by Art Gallery of New South Wales Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Coby Edgar, is a creative collaboration between the Opera House and the Art Gallery of New South Wales to mark the Gallery’s 150th anniversary. The vibrant new animation of artworks weaves together the works and stories of six female First Nations artists from across Australia. Find out more about the artists below.

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.

View the Sydney Opera House Reconciliation Action Plan

Badu Gili: Wonder Women is proudly funded by the NSW Government through the Culture Up Late initiative, which is part of the Summer in the City program.

Badu Gili has been enabled by the Opera House, its Idealist donors and the Australia Council for the Arts since 2017.

 

Badu Gili: Wonder Women, featuring Marlene Gilson, projected onto the Sydney Opera House's eastern Bennelong sails. © the artist, photo by Daniel Boud.

 

Contemporary First Nations electro-soul trio Bow and Arrow. 

Badu Gili LIVE

Badu Gili LIVE, a free outdoor live music series, will be presented on the Monumental Steps.

First Nations performers will transform the Opera House steps into their stage, performing live against the back drop of the spectacular new Badu Gili: Wonder Women sails projections.

Badu Gili LIVE
will take place on selected dates in May and June 2021. 

Badu Gili: Winter Nights

Free experience as part of Sydney Solstice | 8 - 20 June

Rug up this winter and gather from sunset for a free, outdoor event that will transform the Opera House’s Monumental Steps into a festival that celebrates cultures, art, live music, poetry and food.

Over thirteen nights, R&B, electro soul pop, classical music artists and experimental poets will perform on the dramatic steps leading up to the iconic building, with the Badu Gili projections as their backdrop.

Find out more

Meet the Badu Gili: Wonder Women artists

Meet curator Coby Edgar

Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of NSW

Coby Edgar is a Larrakia, English, Filipino woman from Darwin. Now based in Sydney, Coby is curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Since joining the Gallery in 2016, Coby curated Joy, which brought together works by artists from Central Australia and celebrated the importance and joy of making art; she worked on the Gallery’s online social project, Together in Art; and contributed ‘Sentient portraits’ to the Gallery’s recent Archie Plus project (2020-21), whereby the voices of artists could be heard alongside their works. In 2015, she was Assistant Curator of TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Click to watch curator introduction

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 meal from their à la carte menu.

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Badu Gili: Wonder Women has been enabled by the NSW Government through Culture Up Late. 

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