Watch Free | Special Presentations

Watch Free | Special Presentations

A free selection of special events, performances and films from the Sydney Opera House archive. New concerts and events are available to rent on-demand in the RENT section.

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Watch Free | Special Presentations
  • Badu Gili | Wonder Women

    A celebration of the rich history and contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations culture, Badu Gili continues the traditions of Bennelong Point, formerly known as Tubowgule ('where the knowledge waters meet'), a gathering place for community, ceremony and storytelling for thousands of yea...

  • Lighting of the Sails 2019 | Austral Flora Ballet by Andrew Thomas Huang

    Watch the sails of the Sydney Opera House transform into a large-scale canvas for Vivid Sydney, featuring Andrew Thomas Huang's new work "Austral Flora Ballet".

    Commissioned by the Sydney Opera House & Destination NSW for the Lighting of The Sails at Vivid Sydney 2019.

    Director: Andrew Thomas ...

  • Badu Gili - Sails Projection | Celebrating First Nations Culture

    Badu Gili lights up the eastern Bennelong Sail with ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular projection. Curated by Rhoda Roberts, former Head of First Nations Programming, Badu Gili traces the ancient songlines of First Nations storytelling across Australia.

    See the works of eminent Firs...

  • Dance Rites 2019 | First Nations Dance & Culture

    Dance Rites — Australia’s First Nations dance competition — is the Sydney Opera House’s free celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance and cultures on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt, taking place each spring. In November 2019, more than 350 performers from 19 Aboriginal and Torre...

  • Piano Day 2020 | Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins, Joep Beving, Margaret Leng Tan & more

    An exclusive broadcast featuring Jon Hopkins, Joep Beving, Margaret Leng Tan, Nils Frahm and more. First broadcast on 28 March 2020.

    Founded by Nils Frahm in 2015, the 88th day of the year was declared Piano Day - a nod to the 88 keys on a modern piano.

    Piano Day 2020 featured a broadcast of p...

  • The Gauntlet | Documentary

    Performed as part of Antidote in 2018, The Gauntlet is a genre-bending performance work, which combines choirs and vocal ensembles, contemporary choreography and site-specific storytelling. In this newly commissioned documentary film, composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol discuss what...

  • Music at the House | The Cure, H.E.R., Bon Iver, Solange & more

    The Opera House has played host to many incredible performances. From Bon Iver's goosebump show to Solange's powerful Australian debut, our Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall, chooses 10 of his favourite music videos captured from under the Opera House sails.

    What's your favourite Opera Ho...

  • Guwanyi Walama | Kids' Tour of the Sydney Opera House precinct

    Join our Indigenous narrators on a journey into the history and culture of Bennelong Point in this digital tour created especially for kids!

    Beginning from creation time to pre-settlement and the arrival of the first fleet, learn about the daily life of the Gadigal people and the land of Tubowgu...