Badu Gili means ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people. The new daily experience explores ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection, illuminating the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round at sunset and 7pm.
A celebration of the rich histories and contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations cultures, Badu Gili continues the traditions of Bennelong Point, formerly known as Tubowgule (‘where the knowledge waters meet’). It has been a gathering place for community, ceremony and storytelling for thousands of years.
Curated by the Opera House’s Head of First Nations Programming, Rhoda Roberts AO with the support of Artists in Motion, the projections weave together the work of five eminent First Nations artists from across Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. The artists are Jenuarrie (Judith Warrie), Frances Belle Parker, Alick Tipoti and the late Lin Onus and Minnie Pwerle. Accompanying the projection is a soundscape composed by Damian Robinson, featuring vocals from Richard Green, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Cecil Mcleod, Taryn Beatty, Honey Beatty and Travis De Vries.
Badu Gili is a free experience best viewed from the Podium at the top of the Monumental Steps at Sydney Opera House.