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The Sydney Opera House Will Light Up Its Sails Every Single Night

In a projection work that carries on from Vivid's Songlines, Badu Gili is celebration of First Nations stories.
By Libby Curran
June 28, 2017
By Libby Curran
June 28, 2017

Sydney's sunsets are about to get a whole lot more dramatic, with the Sydney Opera House this morning announcing that they will light up the sails of the landmark nightly. Tonight it will launch Badu Gili, a new sound and light set in celebration of Australia's First Nations culture. Basically, it's like what the Opera House does for Vivid, but very single night.

As the sun goes down each day — and then again at 7pm — the House's iconic sails will be illuminated with a projection of a vibrant seven-minute animation. The animation will explore ancient Indigenous stories, First Nations artworks and stunning soundscapes from Damian Robinson of Wicked Beat Sound System. This new work will build upon Songlines, the visual story projection that curator (and Head of First Nations Programming at the Opera House) Rhonda Roberts launched at Vivid Sydney last year.

Badu Gili — which translates to 'water light' in the language of the site's traditional owners, the Gadigal people — launches tonight, Wednesday, June 28. It comes on the eve of NAIDOC Week, and coincides with the world premiere of Bangarra Dance Theatre's new production, Bennelong. Heading up the launch will be a traditional welcome and smoking ceremony from 5.30pm, followed by a performance by the Jannawi Dance Clan.

If you can't pop by after work to see Badu Gili tonight, the Opera House will be streaming it on their Facebook page from 5.45pm. Of course, it will be on every night, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to catch it — nightly showing times will be listed here.

Images: Daniel Boud. 

Published on June 28, 2017 by Libby Curran


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