Yabun Festival is the largest one day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, held annually on 26th of January upon the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney. Established in 2001, Yabun (meaning ‘music to a beat’ in Gadigal language) is a free event that features live music, a bustling stalls market, panel discussions and community forums on Aboriginal issues, children’s activities, and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances. Yabun Festival welcomes everyone to join us in this one of a kind event which honours the survival of the world’s oldest living culture.
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Music has always been the heart and soul of Yabun Festival. The festival showcases the broad spectrum and talents of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander performing artists and is well known as one of the major annual Aboriginal music gigs of the year. Over the years Yabun has featured performances from the likes of Dan Sultan, Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, and Bart Whilloughby, among many others. Along with the big names and iconic performers, Yabun also provides a platform for the next generation of Indigenous artists at the Young Black & Deadly Stage.
At Yabun Festival’s Corroboree Ground, Indigenous dance groups from across the country perform their traditional dances, telling stories and sharing their ancient cultures. Performances occur throughout the day, providing Sydney with one of it’s most exhilarating and unique cultural events.
Speak Out Tent
At Yabun’s Speak Out Tent, members of Sydney’s Indigenous community hold panel discussions on a range of issues affecting the community. For non-Indigenous festival goers, the Speak Out Tent provides an opportunity to hear Indigenous perspectives on a range of issues.
Yabun Festival hosts a thriving stalls markets, featuring a wide range of food and merchandise stalls, as well as stalls operated by community organisations promoting services and information. You can browse Indigenous themed items, including clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, music, and lots more.
Bring your kids to Yabun Festival’s Jarjum’s Tent where they can take part in a range of activities created just for them, including arts and crafts workshops, story telling performed by Aboriginal elders, and story book readings from Aboriginal authors and artists,