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Badu Gili
Best viewed from the Podium at the top of the Monumental Steps

New daily sails lighting at sunset and 7pm

Badu Gili - meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people – is a new daily experience that explores ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection, illuminating the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round at sunset and 7pm.

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 is a free experience best viewed from the Podium at the top of the Monumental Steps. | View Map

“An art exhibition like no other”

Rhoda Roberts AO 

Celebrating First Nations culture 

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.

Curated by the Opera House’s Head of First Nations Programming, Rhoda Roberts AO with the support of Artists in Motion, the projections weave together the work of five eminent First Nations artists from across Australia and the Torres Strait Islands, Jenuarrie (Judith Warrie), Frances Belle Parker, Alick Tipoti and the late Lin Onus and Minnie Pwerle. Accompanying the projection is a soundscape composed by Damian Robinson, featuring vocals from Djakapurra Munyarryun, Cecil Mcleod, Taryn Beatty, Honey Beatty and Travis De Vries.

View the Sydney Opera House Reconciliation Action Plan.

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

Badu Gili's Frances Belle Parker
We talk to Frances Belle Parker, one of the five Badu Gili artists, about her work, her motivation and how she's used the Opera House’s sails as a blank canvas.

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