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Connect with history this Australia Day
A fitting way to celebrate Australia Day, with our traditional ancestors, is coming your way this national holiday. At Victoria Park, on the edge of the CBD and upon the lands of the Gadigal people, experience dance and the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of the Yabun Festival.

Corroboree Ground Yabun Festival Australia Day
Doonooch Dancers

The Corroboree Ground in this beautiful park quickly became the main attraction last year with performances from one of the world's oldest surviving cultures. Grab your spot around the circle of sand for the sound of clap sticks with didgeridoo and Aboriginal language ringing out, creating a timeless atmosphere that you don't normally see in Sydney. A smoking ceremony is also sure to be a highlight along with dance groups that include Djaadjawan Dancers, Urban Zendath Kes, Black Cockatoo Wagana and Doonooch Dancers.

Djaadjawan Dancers Yabun Festival
Djaadjawan Dancers

Corroboree Ground Victoria Park

Yabun, meaning 'music to a beat', will also see appearances from big names and emerging artists of the music scene. Headlining on stage is rock/reggae icon Bart Willoughby, the man behind Aboriginal anthems We Have Survived, Aboriginal Woman and Black Man's Rights. With an Aria award under his belt, he has formed and played in bands that include Yothu Yindi and Coloured Stone. Other artists featuring are Radical Son, Leah Flanagan, Yarwah and Black Turtles.

This free event in Camperdown, sponsored by the City of Sydney Council, will also have singing and dancing lessons for kids, circus skills plus arts and craft workshops, Indigenous sporting games, activities and drills from Rugby League and AFL entities. Hear stories from speakers on the strength and beauty of the Aboriginal people and their identity.

A range of hot and cold food will be available, maybe try some bush tucker, or you can bring a picnic and make yourself comfortable on the lawns. Merchandise stalls are also available.

It's all on from 10am to 6pm and getting there is easy with public transport. The nearest train stations are Redfern and Central then frequent buses will take you down to both City Rd and Parramatta Rd sides of the park. There is car parking onsite in bays at the pool area but it is limited.

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Why? To get back to our roots
When: 10am - 6pm
Where: Victoria Park, cnr City and Parramatta Rds, Camperdown
Cost: Free bar personal expenses
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