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Badu Gili: Wonder Women

Art, Digital and interactive Sydney Opera House , Sydney Until Friday December 31 2021 Free
Projections of First Nations women on the Opera House sails
Photograph: Kaylene Whiskey | 'Dolly visits Indulkana', 2020, Kaylene Whiskey

Time Out says

The stunning, First Nations artist-driven light show projects on the Opera House sails once more

Every year since 2017, the Sydney Opera House’s gleaming sails have been transformed by light and sound into a celebration of the lore and artistry of First Nations people. During Badu Gili – which means ‘water light’ in Gadigal language – mesmerising projections undulate on the world-famous canvas, showcasing the work of Indigenous artists. 

This year’s theme is 'Wonder Women'. Overseen by Coby Edgar, the Art Gallery of New South Wales’s curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, the dazzling array showcases the work and stories of six female First Nations artists, Marlene Gilson, Kaylene WhiskeySally MuldaJudith InkamalaMarlene Rubuntja and the late Aunty Elaine Russell.

The traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the site of the Opera House, know it as Tubowgule, or ‘where the knowledge waters meet’. The glimmering spot has been a gathering place for community, ceremony and storytelling for thousands of years, long before the harbourside icon was erected.

You’ll be able to watch the mesmerising, six-minute long animated light show daily from April 23 until the end of the year, kicking off at sunset, or around about 5.30pm, but check the Opera House website for more details. It’s funded by the NSW Government through the Culture Up Late initiative.

Want more First Nations art? Check out Hayley Millar Baker's There We Were All in One Place.

By: Stephen A Russell



Venue name: Sydney Opera House
Address: Bennelong Point
Price: Free

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