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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 at Victoria Park.

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.

The Festival opens at 11am and closes at 7pm

Click here to download this year's program.

FEATURING

Live Music

LIVE MUSIC
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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 Troy Cassar-Daley, Baker Boy, Dan Sultan, Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, and Bart Whilloughby, among many others.

Corroboree Ground

Corroboree Ground
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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.

Marketplace

Marketplace
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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.

Speak Out Tent

Speak Out Tent
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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.

Jarjums Activities

Jarjums Activities
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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.

PERFORMERS

THE 2020 MAINSTAGE LINE-UP

Dan Sultan

Dan Sultan

shellie morris

SHELLIE MORRIS

radical son

Radical Son

buddy knox

Buddy Knox

Philly

Miiesha

Kobie Dee

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Dan Sultan

Dan Sultan’s electric roots rock sound has won him fans across the country. Working with guitarist and collaborator Scott Wilson, Sultan released his debut album, Homemade Biscuits, in 2006 aided by a grant from musician John Butler's Seed Fund.

His soulful, country-influenced rock was well-received and his second album, 2009's Get Out While You Can, made it to number one on Australia's independent album chart. He and his band went on to play most of the country's prominent musical festivals. That same year, he made his acting debut in the film adaptation of the musical Bran Nue Dae.

Continuing to honor his Indigenous roots, Sultan was pegged to join the the Black Arm Band. In 2010, he was the recipient of two ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Awards) awards for Best Blues and Roots Album and Best Male Artist. For his third album, he and his band traveled to the U.S. to record with producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse) in Nashville. The album Blackbird was released in the summer of 2014, reaching #4 on the Australian charts and eventually going gold.

For his fourth LP, 2018’s Killer Under a Blood Moon, Sultan moved into more of hard-hitting pop and neo-soul direction with production from Jan Skubiszewski and collaborations with the likes of A.B. Original, Camp Cope, Meg Mac, and Gang of Youths frontman Dave Le’aupepe.


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Shellie Morris

Shellie Morris has spent the past 25 years honing her skills as a story teller and musician. She has learnt from communities around the world and worked with them engaging in music as a healing tool.

While she has been in the spotlight over the years for her involvement with Black Arm Band, Deadly awards, ARIA nominations, Music Australia award, NAIDOC Award, G.R. Burarrawanga Memorial Award and Australian of the Year award; by and large, she works on the ground empowering and gently effecting change.

Since discovering her Wardaman and Yanyuwa roots, she has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians, especially in the Northern Territory.

She is the 2014 NT Australian of the Year, the 2014 NAIDOC National Artist of the Year, a multi Deadly Award winner and a driving force of the acclaimed album Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu and the internationally award-winning musical documentary Prison Songs.

She imparts the importance of having a voice and that each individual is important whether she is in the desert or the city.


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Radical Son

radical son

One cannot choose to ignore or pigeon hole the magnetic appeal of Radical Son. David Leha is a musician, an artist, and an individualist. With one foot on the modern pulse and the other planted firmly in the roots of music, David maintains a stance for a simple and raw beauty.

From hip hop roots to soulful social statement Radical Son is a man with a purpose. His music, both potent and sublime, conjures uncompromising visions of where we’ve come from and what could be, from troubled past to songs of humility and healing.


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Buddy Knox

Buddy has carved up the Blues scene around Australia since 2007, notching his Blues belt with all the big ticket Australian festivals from Bridgetown to Bluesfest. He won the Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year twice, and continues to share his old school Blues style with fans. Buddy plays with smooth finesse, in the tasty authentic style of the old legends.

Armed with his signature 335 Gibson, or more recently in acoustic sets, the Maton, his devotion to the art form is genuine .

The Blues sure have got Buddy Knox, but ask him yourself, he’s happy about that, with a lifelong passion for this genre.

Whilst yearning to play like rocker Chuck Berry as a teenager, Buddy now has a style of his own that exudes the essence of Blues.

He’s been referred to as our very own BB, but expect a dash of Freddie King guitar style in his show.

Buddy’s recent move to acoustic Blues gives fans the intimate experience of bare bones genuine Blues, Knox style.


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Philly

PHILLY, 25, was born in the golden era of hip-hop in 1991. By the age of four his older brothers had a huge collection and all he ever listened to was hip-hop. The first song he could remember was Naughty by Nature’s ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ – Philly’s destiny was set. He began writing rhymes, dubbing beats & rapping in public and soon became a hip-hop sensation with a big following of kids in his hometown Mildura; his traditional homeland down Swan Hill side near the banks of the mighty Murray River.

“I feel like I’m obligated to use my music to make change for the better and to use my craft to teach. Through music I have always wanted to voice my opinion; weather it be about Aboriginal issues or to bring positive messages for Aboriginal youth, I understand that I have been given an opportunity to inform.”

He won triple j’s Unearthed NIMA Competition in 2014 earning him a performance slot alongside Briggs, Jimblah & The Last Kinection.

He was the winner of the National Indigenous Music Awards ‘New Talent of the Year’ category, he performed a breathtaking rendition of Bob Marley’s Three Little Bird for triple j’s Like a Version, and he released his first E.P – Dreamchaser.


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Miiesha

From the small Aboriginal community of Woorabinda in Central Queensland comes a 20 year old with a voice ready to be heard.

A strong, proud Pitjantjatjara/Torres Strait Islander woman, Miiesha (Pronounced My-ee-sha) has been singing for her family and her community since the age of 8, and has since been developing her songwriting as a teenager. Now stepping onto a bigger stage, Miiesha is sharing her music with the world.

Inspired by the sounds of RnB, Gospel and Soul, and the power of spoken word poetry, Miiesha’s music seeks to bring people together to help educate and inspire.

Gifted with a voice that showcases vulnerability and strength, often in the one breath, Miiesha sings of her people and her community with the words of a leader and a teacher.

Having supported the likes of Baker Boy, Briggs, Adrian Eagle and Thelma Plum as well as performing at Vanfest, Miiesha is using her voice and her message to bring her community to the world.


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Kobie Dee

Kobie Dee is a 21-year-old Gamilaroi artist from Maroubra in Sydney’s South. With an innate gift for story-telling and connecting with young people, Kobie Dee is one of the exciting new voices emerging in Australian hip hop. After the incredible success of his first single and film clip ‘Right Now’, which to date has garnered over 40k views, Kobie Dee is now focused on creating new music to further cement his hip hop career. As an artist, he’s deeply engaged in his community through live performance and community work, and his passion for his culture and people is inspiring new generations.

With a solid fan-base across Australia, and a stack of new music on the way, this exciting new artist is going to make waves on the Australian music scene in 2020.


Marketplace

Yabun Festival hosts a thriving stalls market, featuring a wide range of food and merchandise, 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.

If you are interested in holding a stall at Yabun 2020 please click here for more info and to fill out an application.

Volunteer

Yabun Festival would never happen if it wasn't for the help of so many deadly volunteers. There’s all sorts of roles to fill and ALL are welcome to apply. Depending on your work experience or or area of interest we might have a role that is perfect for you. Help us bring this amazing event to life!

Only takes a couple of minutes to apply. Please click here to complete an application.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Yabun Festival has a range of different sponsorship packages available to suit the needs and budgets for a range of potential patrons.

Sponsors for 2020 can look forward to significant exposure and recognition as an organisation and/or group that contributes to the success of Sydney’s premier Indigenous festival celebrating First Nations arts and culture. For further info please download our sponsorship pack or contact the Yabun Festival team at yabun@gadigal.org.au.

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CONTACT

For all general enquiries contact yabun@gadigal.org.au
For media enquiries email info@gadigal.org.au
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