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2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening

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2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening

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Nicky Webster and a man from Bangarra Dance Company came up from behind the ladies into the centre of the stadium. There were lots of people taking photos. There were also men and women from Yirrkala community and Pacific nations such as New Zealand. You can see Cathy Freeman lighting the Olympic flame.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter and Jean Inyalanka Burke

An acrylic painting on canvas showing a person lighting a flame with a torch at the top of the frame. Surrounding this are many people (represented by 'U' shape motifs in yellow, orange and white) in a stadium setting.
2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, 2011, Eunice Yunurupa Porter and Jean Inyalanka Burke, acrylic on canvas, 762 x 755 x 33 mm. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.

Two hundred women from Central Australia performed in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

View a torch and cauldron from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games torch relay

Line diagram

At left, an acrylic painting on canvas showing a person lighting a flame with a torch at the top of the frame. Surrounding this are many people (represented by 'U' shape motifs in yellow, orange and white) in a stadium setting. At right is a simple line drawing on a yellow background. Text in white points to: 'Cathy Freeman lighting the Olympic flame', centre top, 'spectators seated in the stadium' at either side, and 'ladies from the Ngaarnyatjarra, Pitjantjatjarra and Yankunytjatjara lands performing in the Opening Ceremony' at the centre.

Artists

Eunice Yunurupa Porter, born 1948 at Wirrkural, near Warburton, Yiparrka skin group

Jean Inyalanka Burke, 1945–2012, born at Arnumarapirti, near Irrunytju (Wingellina)

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