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Yabun 2019 Update

The Yabun team are gathering and the ball has started rolling for our 2019 planning.

We’ve had applications from some excellent Dance groups and Musicians and excitement levels are elevated with anticipation about the amazing 2019 line-up that is starting to shape up. Applications for both are now closed.

Our first round line up announcement will happen on Friday 16th of November. Our second round of announcements will happen on Friday 30th of November.

Applications for the Yabun Marketplace are still open and can be booked online here.

Returning and potential sponsors can find information and details about becoming a 2019 sponsor here.

In the meantime, keep up-to-date on all the latest Yabun news and info by showing us some love on our socials.

ABOUT

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.

To view the 2018 program click here.

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

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

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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

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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.

Jarjum's Tent

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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.

On the Green - AFL/NRL

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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.

PERFORMERS

THE 2018 MAINSTAGE LINE-UP

Troy Cassar-Daley

Joe Geia

Kardajala Kirridarra

Electric Fields

Baker Boy

Dobby

Johnny Nicol

Mi-Kaisha

Jarrod Hickling

Street Warriors

Baraya

Sean Choolburra

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Troy Cassar Daley

There are few artists who can claim the kind of accolades Troy Cassar-Daley has amassed during his career. A hugely successful artist, loved by country music fans across Australia, he is acknowledged as a true country superstar. He has appeared in film and television and recorded in studios from Tamworth to Los Angeles and Nashville; yet through it all, he remains an unassuming man, deeply committed to his family and to his craft.

Troy is a man who believes profoundly in community and giving back to the industry, a proud member of the Bundjalung Nation, he has a true connection to his land and people. Across his career, Troy has collected a slew of awards, including four Arias, 35 Golden Guitars, two APRA Country Song of the Year Awards, nine Deadlys and four CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards.

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Joe Geia

Joe Geia is a composer, guitarist, singer and didgeridoo player and has been recognised as one of the most influential figures in the development of contemporary Indigenous music. He first came to prominence as a member of the influential Aboriginal band No Fixed Address in 1982–1983.

He is best known as the composer of the song "Yil Lull", which has been recorded by many other artists including Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, Jimmy Barnes, and most recently by the Singers for the Red, Black and Gold, which included Christine Anu, Renée Geyer, Tiddas, Paul Kelly, and Shane Howard.

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Kardajala Kirridarra

Kardajala Kirridarra translates to ‘Sandhill Women’ and refers to a mysterious bush woman from the sandhills behind the community of Marlinja, NT. The descendants of this bush woman, these compelling women are from the communities of Marlinja and Kulumindini (Elliott) and together with Melbourne producer Beatrice they form Kardajala Kirridarra.

From their inception until now, Kardajala Kirridarra has won the Folk Category of NT Song of the Year award, played at Golden Plains Festival, Wide Open Spaces, Barunga Festival and were the first all female band to appear at Bush Bands Bash in 2016.

Sung in both Mudburra and English, together they tell the story of the connection between Aboriginal women and country as a reminder about the importance of women as creators.

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Electric Fields

The unique voice of Zaachariaha Fielding and the spine-tingling electronica of producer Michael Ross is a seamless merging of pop, electronic and soul. Singing in Pitjantjatjara and English, Electric Fields bridge cultures and identities, with their powerful live show winning them fans in Australia, China, Edinburgh and the USA.

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Baker Boy

Danzel Baker AKA Baker Boy is a Yolngu man from Milingimbi North East Arnhem Land.

Baker Boy is a young Indigenous rapper who is doing things his way by fusing together traditional language Yolngu Matha and cultural elements and current modern hip hop culture.

For many years now he has been an accomplished dancer working for Djuki Mala (Djuki Dancers) and currently Indigenous Hip Hop Projects IHHP whilst performing and working all over the country in both hip hop and traditional styles.

His influences and inspirers include his own father who he believes he is following in his footsteps, Yirrimal, Gurrumul, Briggs, Gawurra and Yothu Yindi. All accomplished indigenous artist who are proud of where they come from and belong and their culture.

What we can expect from Baker Boy is a whole lot of energy, dancing, playing the Yidaki, inspiring youth and a young role model for the next generation.

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Dobby

Dobby is a Hip Hop artist and drummer. He proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, and a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Brewarrina, NSW.

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Johnny Nicol

The inimitable Indigenous singer/guitarist Johnny Nicol is known as a bit of a legend in the Australian jazz scene. Having been in the business now for over 50 years, he has worked with some of the greats, both in Australia and overseas, and has an unmistakable style that is all his own.

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Mi-Kaisha

Mi-Kaisha is a Murri and Tongan singer/songwriter based in Sydney, Australia. She has appeared on the Sapphires Soundtrack (2012), The Voice Kids (2014) and X Factor (2016). This up and coming young artist is one not to be missed!

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Jarrod Hickling

Jarrod is a Strong Young Man from the Githabul Tribe located in Muli Muli, New South Wales. Growing up in a Gospel home with strong ties to the church, music has always been a powerful influence in Jarrod Hickling’s life. His sound is a mix of country and gospel and Jarrod is a dynamic artist who is one to watch set the country music scene on fire!

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Street Warriors

Street Warriors (brothers Abie and Warwick Wright - aka Predator and Wok) are familiar faces on the Australian hip hop scene and well respected pioneers of Indigenous hip hop.

Rising from the ashes of groundbreaking Deadlys winning hiphop group Local Knowledge, Street Warriors draw their inspiration and force from their ancestors, many of whom were at the forefront of fighting for Aboriginal rights. Abie and Warrick Wright feel it is incumbent upon them, as musicians, to use their talent to help improve and educate the prospects and attitudes of not only young Aboriginal Australians, but all Australians.

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Baraya

Sharon Carpenter and Baraya play original songs influenced by blues and jazz styles. Sharon is a seasoned singer, dancer and theatre performer beginning her career when she was 7 years old.

She performed on Junior Bandstand in 1972 as a solo singer, and as a dancer in 1973. As a teenager Sharon sang with legendary Australian guitarist, Peter Northcote. She studied dance at NAISDA in 1980. In the mid 80`s Sharon was backing vocalist and solo artist with Mixed Relations, and recorded with Kev Carmody. In 1988 she won the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Koori Music Award.

Sharon has played alongside legends Yothu Yindi, Archie Roach, Midnight Oil, Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes and Paul Kelly for Rock Against Racism and Building Bridges concerts in the 80`s. Sharon performed at Blacktown NAIDOC this year and is currently recording her original songs, including Gweagal Shield co-written with Richard Green.

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Sean Choolburra

Sean Choolburra is known and acknowledged as the funniest and most enduring Aboriginal Australian comedian. Born in Townsville QLD coming from a family of twelve, his comedy is created from a wide variety of life time experiences, stories, and observations.

A deadly stand-up comedian, dancer, singer, and yidaki player, Sean is the ideal Master of Ceremonies (MC) for Yabun 2018.

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 2019 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. Applications to volunteer at Yabun 2019 will re-open in late 2018 (around October/November) so stay tuned!

Our 2018 Sponsors

Media Partners

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.

CONTACT

Redfern, NSW
Phone: +61 (02) 9384 4000
Email: yabun@gadigal.org.au