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Celebrate ‘music to a beat’ at Yabun Festival

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January 11, 2018


Sydneysiders are invited to enjoy lively performances, stunning art and thought-provoking discussions at Australia’s biggest one-day annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

The 16th annual Yabun Festival will be held on the traditional land of the Gadigal in Victoria Park on Friday 26 January.

“Yabun, which means ‘music to a beat’ in Gadigal language, is a much loved festival that provides a great opportunity to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, art and cultures,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“We are proud to continue our support for this festival which acknowledges and celebrates the world’s longest continuous living cultures and the strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Sydney.”

Organised by Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation, Yabun Festival features cultural performances, live music, bustling market stalls, panel discussions, community forums on topical issues, children’s activities and sport sessions led by the AFL and NRL.

The City has provided $104,500 in funding to support the event.

Headline acts at the 2018 festival include:

  • Troy Cassar Daley – Award-winning performer Troy Cassar Daley is one of Australia’s most popular country musicians, with four ARIAs, two APRAs, 32 Golden Guitars, nine Deadlys and four CMAA Entertainer of the Year Awards.

  • Baker Boy – A Yolngu man from Milingimbi North East Arnhem Land, Danzel Baker AKA Baker Boy is a young rapper fusing together traditional language Yolngu Matha and cultural elements with current modern hip hop culture.

  • Joe Geia – A Murri man from North Queensland, Uncle Joe Geia is best known as the composer of ‘Yil Lull’. He is recognised as one of the most influential figures in the development of contemporary Indigenous music.

  • Electric Fields – Alice Springs’ singer Zaachariaha Fielding and producer Michael Ross are an electro-soul duo fusing electronic beats and the traditional language of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people.

  • Kardajala Kirridarra – From the remote community of Malinja in the Northern Territory, songwriter and vocalist Eleanor Dixon, multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer Beatrice Lewis, storyteller and poet Janey Dixon and rapper MC Kayla Jackson form Kardajala Kirridarra. They perform in both Mudburra language and English.

They will be joined on stage by jazz and soul legend Johnny Nicol, hip-hop artist Dobby, up-and-coming songstress Mi-Kaisha, country and gospel performer Jarrod Hicklin and jazz and blues band Baraya. The MC will be comedian Sean Choolburra.

Yabun Festival
Friday 26 January, 10am–7pm
Victoria Park, corner Parramatta and City roads, Camperdown #yabun

In addition to supporting Yabun Festival, the City of Sydney continues to celebrate the living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through our Reconciliation Action Plan, Eora Journey, Gadigal language in our park signage, and elevating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through the popular NAIDOC in the City event.

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