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Some fabulous entertainment over this Festival
You can celebrate First Nation's arts and culture over 11 days as 200 creatives bring you 100 events in a city-wide program of free and low-cost activities!
Yirramboi Festival essential experiences Womindjeka!
Welcome to Yirramboi, Melbourne's biennial celebration of First Nations arts and culture. This will be held on the traditional lands of the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung peoples. Yirramboi means tomorrow in their shared languages. This reflects the festival's focus on shaping the future. There will be more than 100 events starting on 2nd May and going through till 12th May 2019.
Yirramboi Weelam Meaning Yirramboi's home in local language. Yirramboi Weelam is the festival's hub at North Melbourne's historic Meat Market cultural space. Here you can drop in for drinks and food, as well as a great program of music, dance, theatre, exhibitions, films, workshops and talks, plus drag bingo!
The Hub highlights include opening night (sold out), a showcase of festival stars and emerging artists. From multi-talented opera singer Deborah Cheetham to DJ SojuGangs' dance beats, it's a varied Blak celebration. There's also closing night's drag-tastic Miss First Nation 2019 Grand Final.
This event will feature bush foods and jewellery, with a live 'n' local acoustic soundtrack to ease you into it. Blak Market will showcase 20 First Nations owned businesses. These will include fashion designers, jewellery makers, craftspeople and bush foods. You can go to a weaving workshop presented by Glenda Nicholls and Labay Eyong. Or you can just listen to acoustic vibes from local performers including Isabelle Skye Thomson, Robert K Champion and Pirritu Brett Lee.
This will be on Sunday 5th May at 10.00 am and bookings are not required.
Barring Yannabul This will be like a free mini-festival within the festival. The program of events will be on all around the city on Yirramboi's first Saturday, 4th May. The name means we all walk the path in local language. Barring Yannabul offers 40-plus experiences in Melbourne's iconic places, lanes and green spaces. Its many and varied pleasures include a Hosier Lane streetwear fashion parade and a children's choir on the State Library's steps. Find out more here.
Dan Sultan ARIA Award-winning alt-rocker Dan Sultan will be on at the Melbourne Town Hall with a 10,000-pipe organ. Joining him for this very different performance are young artists Alice Skye and Kalaji, who are also premiering new Grand Organ works.
Since their 1991 hit Treaty, Yothu Yindi have shown that music and dance can be powerful tools of protest for First Peoples. Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project will perform with original band members, emerging artists and special guests.
Joel Bray explored his complicated blak, white and queer identity in Biladurang. He was the winner of the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Best Show. He is humorous, does dancing and includes the audience in his performances.
Kutcha's Carpool Koorioke
Follow Mutti Mutti songman Kutcha Edwards as he performs with his musical mates around Fitzroy in this series of short films. Kutcha's Carpool Koorioke features deadly brothers and sisters like Archie Roach and Emily Wurramara who stop for a song and a chat.
Tales of an Urban Indian
One of Yirramboi's international First Nations guests, Simon Douglas was raised on a Canadian reserve and the streets of Vancouver.
He is now in Melbourne to share his Tales of an Urban Indian but this time not on a stage but on a bus – and it's moving!
Royal Botanic Gardens Family Fun and Learning
The Royal Botanic Gardens has long offered an Aboriginal Heritage Walk but during YIRRAMBOI there will be a special option for families.
The Six Seasons of the Kulin (Koolin) Nation Discovery Walk reveals nature's annual cycle according to Boonwurrung tradition. This will be on during the manameet season and this walk is suitable for children 5 to 12 years old. There's also Boonwurrung Storytelling for Children and this is aimed at babies and tiny tots up to 5. Through fun activities and cultural stories, the children can discover the language spoken on this land for millennia. And all these events are free for you, the adult, when accompanying a child.