History

Yabun Festival is organised by Gadigal Information Service, which was set up after founding members identified the need for an Aboriginal-owned and -operated broadcast organisation. The group set out to counter the negative stereotypes the mainstream media was portraying, and quickly received plenty of community support. The service then expanded its community outreach program to launch Young, Black and Deadly workshops in areas such as radio broadcasting, DJing and performance. This led to the first Yabun Festival, which took place in 2002 at Bondi's Waverly Oval. From here, the festival moved to Redfern Park and then Victoria Park as demand increased, and is known seen as an event with incredible cultural and national significant.

The 2015 Lineup

This year's stellar lineup features the likes of Stephen Pigram, Jimblah, Mau Power, Benny Walker and Troy, Trevelyn and Dean Brady, just to name a few. The day-long event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and costs just a gold coin to enter, making it accessible and affordable for holidaymakers and locals alike.

What is Yabun?

Yabun is a one-day festival that showcases indigenous ideas and music along with celebrating the survival of Australia's Aboriginal people. It is presented in conjunction with Koori Radio 93.7FM, and currently takes place on Australia Day (26 January) at Victoria Park each year. It's a family-friendly, alcohol-free event that features not only music but also dance, sport and discussions. Dine out at an array of food stalls, purchase unique works of art and visit the Speak Out and Kulture Tents, where you'll discover more about culture and politics. Some of the country's best authors, artists and thinkers will also be here to discuss their ideas. All of this takes place on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney.

Previous performers at Yabun have included Dan Sultan, Jessica Mauboy and Archie Roach, so there's no doubt this event is a crowd pleaser. You'll also get the chance to be entertained by dancers who perform traditional moves that have been around for centuries.

As the event is so focused on the community, it makes sense that it requires volunteers to help pull it all together. Spend some time in the area and help out on the 25th, 26th and 27th of January.

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The Yabun Festival is held every year on Australia Day - get involved!

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