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Badu Gili


Free is not something that you associate with many cultural activities in Sydney but at sunset each evening the Sydney Opera House sails will be the canvas for an array of indigenous artworks ‘Badu Gili’ — meaning ‘water light’. Not even those detractors of 'Vivid' can find these illuminations anything but beautiful (mind you, I love 'Vivid').

image: courtesy of the artist, 'Badu Gili' and Sydney Opera House

“Curated by the Opera House’s Head of First Nations programming, Rhoda Roberts AO with the support of Yakkazoo, the projections weave together the work of the diverse voices of established artist and community leader Djambawa Marawili AM, vibrant watercolour painter Mervyn Rubuntja, internationally renowned artist and prestigious Telstra NATSIAA awards finalist Mabel Juli, painter, lecturer and traditional healer Patricia Ansell Dodds, ceramicist Penny Evans and emerging printmaker Aiona Tala Gaidan, with an original soundscape by Damian Robinson.

'Badu Gili' is best experienced from the top of the Monumental Steps.

image: courtesy of the artist, 'Badu Gili' and Sydney Opera House

image: courtesy of the artist, 'Badu Gili' and Sydney Opera House


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