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Celebrating Tomorrow With Yirramboi Festival

Australia’s premier First Nations arts and cultural event fills Melbourne with music, dance, theatre, art and more from May 2nd to 12th.

Miriam McGarry
24th of April 2019

In the shared language of the Boonwurrang and Woiwurrung peoples, Yirramboi means ‘tomorrow.’ This First Nations festival presented by the City of Melbourne looks to the future in celebrating the ‘sophistication, diversity and continuous evolution of the longest living cultures of First Peoples.’

Creative director and curator Caroline Martin highlights that Yirramboi is all about ‘what is next. While the cultures belong to First Peoples, it is our shared history, and our chance to create the vision for the future.’

This generous and shared approach is evident across the whole program, which is packed with almost 100 events of live music (Bad Apples Music House Party, Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project, Dan Sultan and Alice Skye), commissioned works from artists (Kalajl, Ngioka Bunda-Heath, Joel Bray and Jack Sheppard), free talks, symposiums, markets and theatre. The festival hub Yirramboi Weelam (Yirramboi’s home) is housed in the North Melbourne Meat Market, with many free and family-friendly events based here.

Other highlights include the ‘city-wide Blak-out’ event Barring Yanabul on Saturday, May 4th where Melbourne’s iconic public spaces will host a free program of over 40 pop-up events.

For the extensive and incredible full program, see the Yirramboi website.


May 2nd to 14th
Melbourne (various locations)

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