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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.

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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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

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

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