A big thank you to all the deadly contributors to Yabun 2019.

We are proud to bring the community together on a day that can be painful for so many in our community but can also serve as reminder of our strength and resilience and the sacrifice and hard work of those who came before us.

A huge thank you to our:
Partner - City of Sydney
Strategic Sponsor - Destination NSW
Sponsors - NSW Land Council, Aboriginal Affairs, TATU/NCIE, Nura Gili, USYD, AFTRS
Media Partners - Koori Radio, Koori Mail and NITV

We are grateful for and acknowledge the generous spirit and commitment of all the performers, musicians, speakers, facilitators, MCs, production (the “Good Crew”), Jessica Johnson for her amazing poster, all of the staff at Gadigal Information Service, Koori Radio and of course our volunteers - we would not be able to present Yabun each year without your hard work and dedication so THANK YOU!

This year we gave a greater focus to Corroboree Ground where we showcased the vibrancy and diversity of cultural practice and expression of the Sydney region. We facilitated a cultural exchange on the Corroboree Ground, which united all of the performers in the space to share dance and culture.

Our theme, “Spirit of Survival,” pays homage to “Survival Day” and the first “Day of Mourning” protest in 1938. We had a HUGE day of protest, raising awareness, music, culture and performances - displaying the creativity, talent and unyielding spirit of our people while also bringing attention to some of the issues that are still facing our communities today. 

We hope to see you again next year, if not sooner at some upcoming Klub Koori events.

We're always looking for ways we can improve so if you can spare a couple of minutes, please click here to go to our Feedback form and let us know, good or bad, what you thought of the festival this year.

T H A N K S!!!!

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 10am and closes at 7pm

This year's poster was designed by Warumungu and Wombaya artist Jessica Johnson from Nungala Creative.

Click here to download a printable A3 PDF of this year's poster.

Click here to download the 2019 program.


Live Music


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 Baker Boy, Dan Sultan, Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, and Bart Whilloughby, among many others.

Corroboree Ground


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.

Bustling Marketplace


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


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 (kids) Activities


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.

AFL & NRL workshops


On the Green is an area geared for the sporting enthusiasts, where the NSW AFL and the NRL offer sports clinics, fun activities, games and a chance to meet Indigenous stars from both the NRL and AFL.

Access to Victoria Park Pool


During Yabun Victoria Park Pool is open to festival goers under the age of 10 for FREE. Anyone else who wishes to swim must pay the normal pool entry fee ($6.60 or $5 Concession).

All children under 10 must be supervised by an adult or someone over the age of 16 (see conditions of entry below for more info).

Parents or caregivers who are supervising get free entry into pool area. Children who are with parents or caregivers and are not swimming must pay the spectators fee.

There are conditions of entry

1. Children under the age of 10 years (0-9yrs) will not be allowed entry into the facility without continuous active supervision of a person over the age of 16 years. The person over the age of 16 must provide sufficient identification that proves that they are 16 or over, such as a learners permit, NSW photo card or alternate identification.

2. Appropriate swim wear must be worn at all times.

3. Patrons must follow any reasonable instructions given by Victoria Park Pool staff.

4. Banned items are not permitted on the premises. This includes but is not limited to scooters, skateboards, footballs and soccer balls.

5. No animals, drugs, alcohol, glass or porcelain is allowed on the premises.

6. Smoking is not permitted.

7. Foul, abusive or inappropriate language or behaviour is not permitted.

8. Running, pushing, back flips and bombing is not permitted.

9. Diving is only permitted where the depth of the pool indicates greater than 1.2m (Please seek the advice of Victoria Park Pool Lifeguards for clarification).

10. Coaching or training must not be conducted for fee or reward without prior permission of management.

11. Patrons who ignore the Conditions of Entry will be asked to leave the premises.

Yabun Sunset Ceremony


Join us for the official opening of Yabun Festival with a fire and water ceremony to ignite the spirit and unite in our gratitude for country.

Yabun has its origins in La Perouse in the 1990s before it relocated to Waverly Park, then to Redfern Park and now Victoria Park in Camperdown.

The Sunset Ceremony is a chance for us to come together to honour and reflect on the sacrifices and struggle that has come before us.

Performances by Chifley Public School and the Waradah Dance Group.

Starts at 3PM at Timbery Reserve in La Perouse.

Everyone is welcome

Yabun Preparty


Koori Radio brings you a 🔥🔥🔥🔥 night of Hip Hop and R & B to get you set for Yabun.

Featuring a deadly line-up with Shakaya, Trials* (A.B. Original), Nooky, Solo* (Justice Crew), Sonboy, Rebecca Hatach and special guests Thundamentals (* = DJ Set only).

Hosted by Frank & Renee from the Indij Hip Hop Show. Doors open at 8PM, tickets are $30 and available from here.

Yabun Afterparty


The official YABUN Afterparty is going down directly across the road from the festival site at the Lansdowne Hotel.

We're taking over the ENTIRE VENUE with heaps of Koori DJs including Felicia Foxx, the hostess with the mostess, the realest tidda in Sydney, as our party MC.

Doors open at 8PM goes until 3AM. Mary's will be selling yummy pizza until 2AM.

Tickets are $25 and available from the Lansdowne Hotel's website here.

*We are very aware there were some serious issues with ticketing last year and have made changes working with the venue to remedy the situation for this year’s event. The management for this year’s event rests solely in the hands of Koori Radio and the Lansdowne Hotel, which is totally different from last year, and tickets will ONLY be sold online by the Lansdowne Hotel so that capacity is managed accurately.

**The security on the door will not be the same as last year.

***The toilets will be clean and the A/C will be working.

Get ready to get down at the Lansdowne!



Thelma Plum

Roger Knox



Kutcha Edwards

Green HAND Band


Rebecca Hatch

Young, Black and Deadly

Our MCs


Roger Knox

Roger Knox, aka the Koori King of Country or Black Elvis, was born in Moree and grew up in the Toomelah Mission near Boggabilla close to the border between New South Wales and Queensland.

He’s had a long career as one of Australia’s most legendary country and western singers, winning numerous music awards along the way and an induction into the Australian Country Music Foundation’s Hall of Fame.

Perhaps not as commonly known is that back in the 1980s he survived two different plane crashes in the same day. During the second plane crash he suffered third degree burns on 90% of his body, which he healed using traditional medicine from an elder made from the Euraba bush.

We're very excited that he's be one of the headlining acts at this year's Yabun.


Thelma Plum

Thelma Plum is a Gamilaraay singer/songwriter from Delungra, New South Wales. She is an award wining (NIMA, Unearthed) storyteller and creator. Her brand of catchy, pop-folk is as inviting and warm as it is incisive.

Thelma’s latest work could be posed as a pleasant and easy trip, you’re lulled into its catchy nature; but you’re quickly snapped back if you do not pay attention.

Check out her most recent single, Clumsy Love below...


Kutcha Edwards

Kutcha was born on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald, New South Wales, of the Mutti Mutti people and is among the many of the Stolen Generations.

His music career began in 1991 as a member of Watbalimba. He later joined the band Blackfire who he was with during the 1990s. In the early 2000s he started his journey as a solos musician and he now fronts the Kutcha Edwards Band and is part of The Black Arm Band.

A multi award winning musician, his music and stories are the songs of his journey, his people's journey, and these are his gift to connect with and inspire others.


Green hand band

Poverty, racism and inequality are cornerstone concepts Redfern-based reggae fusion group Green Hand Band aims to break down barriers about.

Drawing musical influences from soul, reggae and desert rock genres, the group uses music to raise awareness of issues such as recovering from addiction, spiritual empowerment, love and social justice. Having recently performed at the music fesitval Lost Paradise, the band are primed and ready to play for the home crowd.



Redfern local Hip Hop MC Sonboy is using music to share his story about growing up in Redfern on The Block. He hopes his music will “spread positivity to the young’uns” and keep memories of The Block alive.

Hot off the recent release of his debut album, we're really excited he's taking to the Yabun stage to bring his new sound to the masses.


Rebecca Hatch

In 2017 Rebecca won Triple J's Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative at the NIMAS (National Indigenous Music Awards). Being of both Samoan and Indigenous descent, she wears her culture on her sleeve.

After the release of smooth R&B singles VIBES, Down for Me and Leeway, she has announced her entrance into the industry and this is only the beginning.



Isaiah Firebrace is a Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara pop/soul singer who grew up in rural Moama NSW. In 2016 he won the eighth season of The X Factor Australia.

Since then he’s grabbed global attention for his #1 single ‘It's Gotta Be You’, which is now certified Platinum in Australia, 2 x Platinum in Sweden, Gold in Norway and Gold in Denmark.

2017 was a huge year for Isaiah; he performed in the 2017 Eurovision Song ContestGrand Final with his single ‘Don’t Come Easy’, toured nationally with his friend & mentor Jessica Mauboy, and completed his first European press junket with stops across Scandinavia, the U.K., Belgium, and France. Isaiah’s music has been streamed over 200 million times worldwide!



Simone Stacey and Naomi Wenitong are the duo who make up Shakaya. The twomet in Cairns, North Queensland while studying music.

Shakaya established in the early 2000s as one of the premier female urban pop acts and saw them tour with Destiny's Child, Usher, Kylie Minogue and Ja Rule.

Naomi is now a member of the hip-hop group The Last Kinection. In April, 2013, Simone auditioned for Season 2 of The Voice (Australia) and after successfully having three judges turn their chairs she chose Seal as her coach.

We’re VERY excited that they’ll be reuniting to perform together at this year’s Yabun.


Young, Black and Deadly

YBD is a group of young, talented, Sydney based Indigenous musicians who in 2018 completed a series of intensive music development, performance and recording workshops, as part of Gadigal Information Service and Koori Radio 93.7FM's Indigenous youth music mentorship program, based in Redfern.

They’ll be performing a couple of songs from their compilation ‘Don’t Kill the Vibe.’


Our MCs

We’re VERY excited about the MCs we have lined up for the main stage at Yabun this year, Indigenous sovereign rights activist Lynda June Coe, actor and writer Mayne Wyatt and Redfern local actor/storyteller Angeline Penrith. Bios below...

Mayne Wyatt

Meyne Wyatt is a Wongutha/Yamatji man, an actor and writer, who graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2010. Following his graduation, Wyatt appeared in several theatre productions with Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare and Griffin.

In 2012, he was cast as Jimmy in the musical comedy film The Sapphires. His appearance in Redfern Now season two, earned him nominations for Most Outstanding Newcomer at the 2014 Logie Awards and Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama at the 3rd AACTA Awards.

In 2014, he joined the cast of Neighbours in the ongoing role of Nate Kinski. In 2015 Wyatt starred in the feature film Strangerland, alongside Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving which travelled to Sundance Film Festival. Wyatt appeared in the first and third season of Black Comedy In 2017, he appeared in the American HBO series The Leftovers.

In 2018, he was a regular in the AACTA award winning television drama series Mystery Road as Cedric Swan. In 2019 he will star in Queensland Theatre/Griffin Theatres co-production of City of Gold for which he is also the writer.

Lynda June Coe

Lynda-June is an Indigenous Sovereign Rights Activist, FISTT Representative, Secondary Teacher and PhD Candidate. Born and raised on Wiradjuri Country, she credits her Grandmother for instilling the importance and values of identity, culture and country.

Hailing from one of the most politically active family groups in the country, she inherited a key sense of duty and responsibility to her homelands from a young age. Her activism within FISTT (Fighting in Solidarity Towards Treaties) has created Aboriginal-led platforms in Sydney and NSW highlighting systemic and institutionalised racism, ongoing colonial violence, police brutality, forced removals of children and child torture.

Her most recent activist work saw her lead action against Channel 7, Sunrise who called for the adoption of Aboriginal Children into White Families, as well as solidarity action against the NSW Government’s Child Removal Policy of the same degree.

Lynda-June is a proud warrior woman who inspires and encourages all Aboriginal people to strive for black excellence in the form of black resistance. Her community projects also involve restorative cultural practices, decolonisation and nation building which reconnect and reaffirm Aboriginal people’s inherent authority to place and country.

Angeline Penrith

Angeline Penrith is a Wiradjuri and Yuin woman who is a proud resident and member of the Redfern/Waterloo community.

She is also an actor, storyteller and all round performer. She was in the 2014 series of Black Comedy and is currently and is currently performing at Belvoir Street Theatre play called Winyanboga Yurringa incoming this May.


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.

Applications for marketplace stalls for 2019 have now closed.


Yabun Festival would never happen if it wasn't for the help of so many deadly volunteers. HUGE Thank you to everyone who has stepped up and applied to volunteer at this year's event.

We've exceeded our required number so applications to volunteer for 2019 have now closed.

If you missed out this year, please keep us in mind next year!

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 2019 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.

Our 2019 Partner

Strategic Sponsor

Our 2019 Sponsors

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For all general enquiries contact yabun@gadigal.org.au
For media enquiries email news@gadigal.org.au
For all sponsorship enquiries click here.

How To Get Here

There are many ways to get to Victoria Park in Camperdown where Yabun is located.

The most popular way is with the march that starts at Hyde Park at 11am and finishes at the festival site. For more info about the march please visit the organiser's Facebook event page.

Alternatively, depending on your location, the easiest way to arrive is by public transport, Uber, taxi, on foot or by bicycle.

Parking is very limited around Victoria Park so driving should be a last resort.

It's roughly a 10 minute walk from Redfern Station or 15 minutes from Central.

There is a dedicated accessible drop off spot located at the entrance to the park on the corner of City Road and Parramatta Road across from the Lansdowne Hotel.

Which ever way you decide to arrive, please remember to stay hydrated and be sun smart. There will be plenty of free water refilling stations on site so we strongly encourage everyone to bring their own water bottles.

See you all soon!