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Illustrations projected onto the Eastern sail of the Opera House. Two women and a bird

Badu Gili: Winter Nights

Free experience | 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.

Artist line-up
AnSo • Zeadala • Bow and ArrowEric AveryJazz MoneyShoeb AhmadClarissa MeiMAXINEJessica JadeSrishaGLO

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COVID-safe and event information

  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • Bring and wear a mask. Patrons aged 12 and over attending performances and tours are required to wear a face mask at all times while inside our foyers and theatres. 
  • 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.

Tuesday 8 June - Sunday 20 June Due to wet weather, Sunday 20 June performance will not proceed as scheduled

5.30pm - Chapter One
6.15pm - Chapter Two
7pm & 7.30pm - Wonder Women

Tuesday 8 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - AnSo ** Due to wet weather, this performance will unfortunately no longer proceed as scheduled. 
Wednesday 9 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - Clarissa Mei
Thursday 10 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - Zeadala ** Due to wet weather, this performance will unfortunately no longer proceed as scheduled. 
Friday 11 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - Bow and Arrow
Saturday 12 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - Eric Avery
Sunday 13 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - Jazz Money
Monday 14 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - Jazz Money
Tuesday 15 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - Shoeb Ahmad 
Wednesday 16 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - Bow and Arrow
Thursday 17 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - MAXINE 
Friday 18 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - Jessica Jade & Srisha
Saturday 19 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - GLO ** Due to wet weather, this performance will unfortunately no longer proceed as scheduled. 
Sunday 20 June, 5.40pm & 6.25pm - GLO ** Due to wet weather, this performance will unfortunately no longer proceed as scheduled. 

Open daily from 5pm 

Free experience

Make the most of your Opera House experience — arrive early to take a Tour or stay after sunset to enjoy a show or one of our many restaurants.

Suitable for all ages

Young people under the age of 15 must be accompanied at all times.

Celebration of cultures, art, music, food and more

Each Winter Night begins with the eastern Bennelong sail of the Opera House illuminated with our 2017, 2018 and 2021 animations depicting ancient and contemporary Aboriginal stories. Named Badu Gili, which means “water light” in Gadigal language, the installation brings ancient stories and First Nation’s culture to life.

Then watch under the stars live performances from our culturally diverse showcase of emerging artists across R&B, electro soul pop, experimental poetry, classical music and more. 

There’ll also be pop-up bar curated by Nornie Bero, chef and owner of Mabu Mabu known for her use of native Australian ingredients. Check out the details below.

Badu Gili: Winter Nights is proudly funded by the NSW Government through Sydney Solstice. 

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

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Discover the line-up

AnSo Tuesday 8 June

AnSo is a South Korean vocalist and producer whose work captures the journey of cultural confusion through a sense of disjointedness and angularity in the digital and electronic realm. Vulnerable and raw, AnSo weaves her lyrics between Korean and English, creating a distinctive world of sound. 

Clarissa Mei Wednesday 9 June

Clarissa Mei is a producer based in Western Sydney on the traditional lands of the Eora Nation. She is known for her dynamic visuals and electro-soul sounds, releasing her debut EP Vulnerable in 2019. Her music is a journey in self-reflection and exploration through awakening, connection to self and connection to others.

Zeadala Thursday 10 June

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Zeadala is a mixed race singer-songwriter and spoken word artist. Inspired by her Thai mother and Iraqi father, her musical style is accented by a deep love for storytelling and immersive live shows that flow effortlessly between performance poetry, theatre, folk music and hip-hop to create spaces of healing, deep connection and reflection for her audiences

Image: Christopher Woe

Bow and Arrow     Friday 11 June & Wednesday 16 June

Bow and Arrow are a Contemporary First Nations electro-soul trio (Wiradjuri/Gamilaraay/Dhudhuroa) operating out of Cammeraygal Country of the Eora Nation. Gathering a following through appearances on NITV, Bluesfest and a nationwide tour with The Sapphires, their debut EP ‘Return To Me’ is a flurry of creative expression made in one week, from composition to release. 

Eric Avery Saturday 12 June

Eric Avery is a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr artist renowned for his exquisite voice, violin and dance. Eric’s music continues the ancient tradition of his Ngiyampaa language through song. His rare musical gifts across cultures has led him to perform classical music in addition to original compositions expressing his Koori heritage.

Jazz Money Sunday 13 & Monday 14 June

Jazz Money is an award-winning Wiradjuri poet living on Gadigal land. Across the course of an hour Jazz will deliver poetry honouring Indigenous matriarchs, honouring Country and honouring resilience. Accompanied by Zeppelin Hamilton on guitar, the performance will be a poetry infused soundscape.

Shoeb Ahmad Tuesday 15 June

Performing as Shoeb Ahmad, Canberra based Sia is a singer/composer with a diverse range of solo music. She has worked on sound design for dance, installation pieces and contemporary composition, including the expansive im/modesty with the Australian Art Orchestra. For Badu Gili: Winter Nights, she explores two different moods across her sets, reflecting on sunset with an impressionistic meditation with call to prayer before being joined onstage by her band to play songs about identity and connection with being.

Image: Krei Manzo 

MAXINE Thursday 17 June

A natural stage performer, MAXINE has been on a musical journey from a young age, performing nationally in shows and musicals that captivated the crowd's attention with her powerful presence and sensitivity. Her songwriting capabilities have graced her with the strength to express reflective thoughts, that are brought to life through push-pull rhythm and an organic 70s soul-styling arrangement that tangos with the ease of 90s R&B, varnished with contemporary production.

Image: Jordan Munns

Jessica Jade Friday 18 June

At just 20 years old, Jessica Jade has spent almost a third of her life in the spotlight. Making her television debut as an X-Factor contestant at 14, the South-West Sydney artist began reaching more global ears by uploading viral R&B covers online. Refining her intimate songwriting style, Jade then began releasing her own original material, displaying a preference for passionate R&B with infectious pop sensibilities. 

Srisha Friday 18 June

Srisha is a Tamil artist who began her musical journey after claiming the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Sydney & NSW Champion in 2018. Srisha uses her platform to discuss socio-political issues through her poetry, music and art curation. Her verses on "Colonise My Melanin" and "Tamil Genocide" saw her rise in Sydney's underground hip-hop scene, and debut single "Euphoria" gained local and international recognition. Srisha continues to push boundaries for minority groups across varying industries and hopes to open doors for young Tamils locally and globally.

GLO Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 June

GLO is a Sydney-based multi-dimensional R&B recording and movement artist. Her music and dance style embodies soul, jazz, hip-hop, dancehall, Afro-House, ballroom and GQOM. Her artistic approach is deeply rooted in expressing spirituality, sexuality, culture and connection to nature and the supreme. 

Nornie Bero sitting in her Melbourne cafe Mabu Mabu with products on the table

Meet us at the pop-up bar curated by Mabu Mabu

Excite your tastebuds at our pop-up bar with a menu curated by Nornie Bero, chef and owner of Melbourne café Mabu Mabu – meaning 'help yourself' in the Torres Strait. 

A Meriam woman originally from Mer Island in the Torres Strait, Nornie is known for her use of native Australian ingredients. Expect a cheese and charcuterie box, wattleseed mini palovas served with strawberry gum cream, lemon myrtle cookie sandwiches, and also native spices produced by Mabu Mabu available to purchase. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a COVID Safe business?

Yes. The Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.  

What safety and hygiene measures are in place?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. Our COVID-19 health and safety information is available on the Plan your visit page.

Do I have to wear a mask, and will my temperature be taken?

We strongly recommend that anyone aged over 12 wear a face mask when 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be easily maintained.  

Some operational staff will be wearing a mask, depending on the nature of their work and level of contact with the public.

Some members of the community may have issues with wearing masks due to health conditions. Please be respectful to others.

In line with current NSW Health advice, we will not be carrying out temperature checks. 

Do I need a ticket for this event?

No. When you arrive at the Opera House, make your way up the Monumental Steps to the Podium where you will enjoy the best view of the sunset projection. 

Can I take photos during the event?

Yes – we encourage everyone to capture this special experience. If you post on social media, please tag #BaduGili or #sydneysolstice to share your photos or video with us.

What are the transport options to the Opera House?

You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 minute walk to the Opera House. If you’re getting dropped off in a car, head to the roundabout at the bottom of Macquarie Street where staff will direct you to a safe place to pull over.

Driving? Park in Wilson’s Car Park, you’re just minutes to your tour meeting point. Need a bit more info? Click here

What time do I need to arrive? 

It’s a great idea to arrive early, grab a drink and soak up the view.

Please note sunset varies each day so be sure to check sunset times on the day. 

What should I wear?

Badu Gili: Winter Nights is an outdoor event during winter and we recommend dressing warmly.

Where can I eat nearby?

Satisfy your hunger at one of the many restaurants and bars here at the Opera House. Our restaurants offer everything from casual snacks to award-winning fine dining. Find what you’re after, see our Restaurants

Can I take food and drink to the Podium?

Please check with our staff when you arrive. 

Will the building works at the Opera House affect this event?

You'll notice  that Sydney Opera House has building works underway around the precinct. This will not impact your visit, it’s business as usual! For more information head to the Renewal pages.

Badu Gili: Winter Nights has been enabled by the NSW Government through Sydney Solstice. 

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