Dance Rites

Things to do, Fairs and festivals Sydney Opera House , Sydney Saturday November 24 2018 - Sunday November 25 2018 Free
Dance Rites
Photograph: Joseph Mayers

The fourth annual Indigenous dance-off returns to the Opera House

Sydney’s beloved harbourside landmark will be transformed into a massive dancefloor for a free weekend event in November. This nation-wide Indigenous dance competition celebrates long-standing cultural traditions and welcomes performers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from across Australia.

Dancers from across Australia, dressed in traditional skin markings, will present three choreographed numbers including a welcome and farewell dance, and a freestyle piece. Dance groups compete for a grand prize of $20,000 and a chance to perform at next year’s Dance Rites. Last year, the event has attracted over 300 performers from across 21 nations and 31 clan groups.

By: Kei Wa Lee


Venue name: Sydney Opera House
Address: Bennelong Point
Opening hours: Box office: Mon-Sat 9am-8.30pm; Sun two hours prior to performance (in person only)
Price: Free
Event website:
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    • Sydney Opera House Free

      Dance Rites

    • Sydney Opera House Free

      Dance Rites