First held at Redfern Park in 2003, Yabun Festival continues in the tradition of Aboriginal ‘Survival Day’ gatherings. These gatherings, held to coincide with Australia Day, have occurred throughout the country since as early as the 1930’s, and seek to commemorate, bring attention to, and celebrate the survival of Australia’s Indigenous cultures in the face of European invasion.
Starting out with a single stage and under 10 stalls, Yabun quickly grew to become Sydney’s major Survival Day event, eventually moving to its current home in Victoria Park, Camperdown, where it now features two performance stages, over 100 stalls, and a wide range of festival components.
Yabun is a highly anticipated event that provides a positive social space for audiences to celebrate, share, and immerse themselves in the world’s oldest surviving culture.
Since its inception, Yabun has been produced by Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation (GIS). GIS was established in 1993 in Redfern as an Indigenous arts/media organisation servicing greater Sydney. The inner Sydney suburb of Redfern has long been the home of one of the cities largest Aboriginal communities, and a focal point for Indigenous gatherings, protests and celebrations.
GIS continues to operate from its studios and offices in Redfern where it maintains close ties with the local Aboriginal community, and is recognised as being an important community asset and platform for Indigenous expression and artistic development.
GIS obtained its fulltime broadcast license (Koori Radio 93.7FM) in 2001 and now provides a range of of broadcast and cultural services across the Sydney region. Koori Radio is the only radio station in Sydney dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and issues. Many of Koori Radio’s broadcasters and staff have come from the local Redfern community.