Watch Heat 1: Traditional, Episode 1 online from 8pm AEDT. Tune in here, on our YouTube channel or on our Facebook page.
Finals: 21 November, 7:30pm AEDT
Use the hashtag #danceritesdigital to stay connected and tell us what you think.
Witness the powerful coming together of traditional customs, language and contemporary culture with First Nations dancers from around Australia.
A message from Rhoda Roberts AO
Welcome to DANCE RITES 2020 from across Australia as we acknowledge the diverse ancestral lands, waterways and Sky country. Through our ancient ancestral narrative, the Sydney Opera House is dedicated to creating a visibility and First Nations space that fosters a new forward thinking through a 21st century voice that is authentic and true.
This year has seen many challenges but through the changes we have all experienced in our daily lives, many opportunities have arisen. First Nations communities are among the most vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have decided to continue the competition through our digital platforms whilst still ensuring there was a meaningful interaction between the registered groups as well as you, the audience.
I am so proud of all those who have contributed to this new stage of DANCE RITES, continuing the cultural maintenance, that now more than ever is essential for us all to know, as we continue living on and honouring our ancient lands, sea and Sky.