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

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 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 top of the Monumental Steps. | View Map

Badu Gili 2018 will premiere Tuesday 24 July 2018.

Badu Gili 2018 coming soon

Premiere Tuesday 24 July 2018

This first refresh of Badu Gili traces songlines across shifting terrain, from the far corners of the Australian desert to the waters of the Torres Strait.

Badu Gili 2018 blends the diverse voices of established artist and community leader Djambawa Marawili AM, vibrant watercolour painter Mervyn Rubuntja, internationally renowned artist and prestigious Telstra NATSIAA awards finalist Mabel Juli, painter, lecturer and traditional healer Patricia Ansell Dodds, ceramicist Penny Evans and emerging printmaker Aiona Tala Gaidan, with an original soundscape by Damian Robinson

Now is your chance to come and see the current light projection before Badu Gili 2018 premieres on Tuesday 24 July 2018.

Badu Gili 2018 Mervyn Rubuntja

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 Richard Green, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Cecil Mcleod, Taryn Beatty, Honey Beatty and Travis De Vries.

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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.

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 to taste their Badu Gili drink before enjoying a shared plate or two from the Cured and Cultured menu. Or perhaps visit The Lounge and try their Gin & Myrtle cocktail before or after viewing Badu Gili. 

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