From all of us at team Yabun – Miah, Sally, Alex, Sylvia, Jeff and Pete – we wish you a safe and super jolly holiday season.
With the 2017 line up all locked in the official 2017 Yabun Festival poster is ready to help spread the word!
Volunteers play an essential role in making the Yabun festival so deadly. If you are looking for a memorable and rewarding experience and are keen to help bring this amazing event to life, get on board!
There’s a range of times and roles where we need people and on the day you even get a free, cool Yabun volunteers T-shirt!
To find out more and to fill out our volunteer application click here. Only takes two minutes!
We are super excited to announce that applications for Yabun Festival 2017 are now open. If you wish to have a stall at Yabun 2017 click this link to fill out the online application form.
Yabun Festival is open to everyone, we encourage stallholders selling Australian handcrafted and handmade goods to apply and to contribute to the creative atmosphere that Yabun Festival offers. Yabun is designed to provide a platform for local community groups and small business owners and to assist them in showcasing their services/products to a broader community.
For more info phone Sylvia from the Yabun stalls team at (02) 9384 4000 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jax and Daz from the Muggera Dancers and stars of Logie Award nominated TV series ‘Move it Mob Style’ will host Yabun Festival’s Corroboree Ground in 2017.
Jax (Jacqueline Cornforth) and Daz (Darren Compton) are a multi-skilled duo with many years of performance and community engagement experience.
Dax is a proud descendent of Bundjalung, Munanjali, and Gamillaraay nations of the mainland, and the Mer people of the Torres Strait Islands. He is a proficient yiggi yiggi (didgeridoo) player, an artist/craftsman and a multi-skilled Indigenous performer and dancer in both traditional and hip-hop dance. Dax has been dancing since the age of 13 and has performed in over 4000 shows across Australia, from remote communities to urban corporate functions. He has also performed internationally, travelling to over 24 countries representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture.
Born in Cairns, Jax is a proud Wuthathi woman from East Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. She is also a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with family ties to Thursday, Badu and Moa Islands. Jax completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and also studied at NAISDA Dance College. Jax has vast experience and extensive skills as a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and event host.
Jax and Daz have featured on hit Indigenous dance program ‘Move it Mob Style’ and have worked as a duo throughout Australia over the last five years teaching young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about culture and dance.
The duo will be on hand to deliver another unforgettable day of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expression and celebration. Catch Jax and Daz down at the Corrorboree Ground at the 2017 Yabun Festival!
All the way from Groote Eyelandt in the Northern Territory, the 11 member Salt Lake Band will make history next January when they become the largest band to ever grace the stage at Yabun Festival, one of the nation’s biggest and longest running annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and culture events.
Formally known as Yantarrgna Band (after lead singer/song-writer Brandon Yantarrgna), Salt Lake Band consist of brothers, uncles, cousins and grandfathers, all hailing from the Warnindilyakwa family group.
“We’re feeling really proud and excited that our mob, Groote Eylandt, Warnindilyakwa mob, from Top End, Gulf of Carpentaria, can have a voice in Sydney at Yabun with all our Koori brothers and sisters, we have never travelled that far from our Island,” says Basil Mamarika, a young elder and spokesman of the Umbakumba community and member of Salt Lake Band.
The name of Salt Lake Band springs from a special part of the band members traditional lands, bringing with it their song-lines and Dreaming’s, all sung in Anindilyakwa language. Mixing rock, blues and reggae, and incorporating the band member’s totems of dugong, turtle, whale, dolphin, seagull and shark, Salt Lake Band’s songs share the sacredness and potency of the Warnindilyakwa Dreamtime.
The Salt Lake Band share a 10 year history and have headlined at several major Indigenous music and cultural events including Garma, Barunga, and the Alice Springs Bush Bands Bash. Based in their home community of Umbakumba (which has a total population of 350 people) the band’s language group is distinct from Yolngu, belonging exclusively to Groote Eyelandt.
Proud representatives of their language group and culture, Salt Lake Band have gained the financial support of their own Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) to make the long trek to Sydney in order to share their music and culture with the Yabun audience, providing a special added cultural element to the 2017 Yabun Festival which already features esteemed Indigenous artists Kev Carmody and Warren H Williams.
“The Top End continues to be such a wellspring of vibrant and unique Aboriginal music and artistry and we are absolutely thrilled to showcase some of that proud legacy and culture at the 2017 Yabun Festival,” says Yabun Festival Producer, Miah Wright.
“This will be one of the few times that a Top End band has performed at Yabun and is set to be one of the most special moments in the event’s 15 year history.”
Yabun Festival takes places at Victoria Park in Camperdown on January 26, 2017 (10:00am – 7:00pm).
Held each year on January 26 at Victoria Park in inner Sydney, Yabun Festival’s Corroboree Ground features traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance performances occurring throughout the day.
Corroboree Ground has become one of the most popular elements of the annual Yabun Festival, the largest annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in New South Wales that draws over 20 000 people each year. Corroboree Ground provides a unique space to celebrate the vitality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures on Survival Day.
Yabun Festival welcomes expressions of interest from traditional dance groups from across the country to perform at the 2017 Yabun Festival.
To register your interest and receive more information on performance rates, please complete the online form.
Expressions of interest will close on September 30.
Renowned Aboriginal troubadour, Kev Carmody, will headline the 15th annual Yabun Festival in Sydney on January 26, 2017. Other artists who will perform at Yabun Festival in 2017 include Red Ochre and Deadly Award winning country music artist Warren H Williams (joined by emerging artist Dani Young), Aboriginal rock ‘n’ roll icon Vic Simms, Sydney based blues artist Marlene Cummins, soul music performer and former The X-Factor star Rochelle Pitt, National Indigenous Music Award winning hip hop artist Philly, and popular reggae/dub band Oka.
Kev Carmody grew up in the Western Darling Downs area of Southern Queensland, his initial inspirations coming from the rural and oral traditions of his Irish and Aboriginal grandparents. Kev released his first album ‘Pillars of Society’ in 1988 and is among the most esteemed Australian singer songwriters and Aboriginal musicians. In 2009, Kev was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
“The music of Kev Carmody has impacted countless people over the past four decades, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, he is one of our most treasured and significant Australian artists and we are absolutely thrilled to have Kev as our headliner for the 2017 Yabun Festival,” said Yabun Festival Producer, Miah Wright.
Established in 2001, Yabun (meaning ‘music to a beat’ in Gadigal language) is one of the nation’s largest annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural gatherings, and Sydney’s biggest Aboriginal music event. Held each year on January 26 at Victoria Park in Camperdown, Yabun Festival is a free event that features live music, a bustling stalls market, panel discussions and community forums on Aboriginal issues, a wide range of children’s activities including art, sport and culture workshops, and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances staged at the Corroboree Ground. In 2016, over 20 000 people attended Yabun.
“As well as featuring some real legends of Aboriginal music, Yabun will be showcasing plenty of emerging talent in 2017, and the Corroboree Ground will once again bring traditional Aboriginal culture to the heart of Sydney, Yabun welcomes all people to join us for this one of a kind celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures,” said Ms Wright.
Former Yabun Festival headline performers have included Bart Willoughby, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan and Jessica Mauboy. The 2017 Yabun Festival will take place at Victoria Park in Camperdown, Sydney, on January 26, beginning at 10:00am and finishing at 6:00pm. Yabun Festival is supported by Australia Council, City Of Sydney, Arts NSW, Destination NSW, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.