This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the Yabun Festival
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. Hosted by Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation, Yabun Festival is one of the largest annual gatherings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the country. Featuring a range of Aboriginal cultural activities, stalls and live music performances. It takes place at Victoria Park in Camperdown, Sydney, on January 26th.
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, seeking to commemorate, bring attention to, and celebrate the survival of Australia’s Indigenous cultures in the face of European invasion and colonisation.
Yabun Festival has recently launched a new website yabun.org.au and a poster for this year’s event (attached). Additional information is available from the festival website as well as application forms for potential stallholders and for anyone wishing to volunteer on the day.
Salt Lake Band to bring music & culture of Groote Eylandt to Yabun Festival
Yabun Festival has added the last band to its 2017 line-up. All the way from Groote Eyelandt in the Northern Territory, the 11 member Salt Lake Band will make history in January when they become the largest band to ever grace the stage at Yabun Festival. The Salt Lake Band share an 18 year history and have headlined several major Indigenous music and cultural events including Garma, Barunga, and the Alice Springs Bush Bands Bash. The band are known for singing in English and in their Anindilyakwa language. They are connected by family and their dreaming which is tied to the Warnindilyakwa way of song lines, totems and the beginning of time. Salt Lake hope to pass on the Anindilywakwa culture to the next generation and to all indigenous Australians.