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Yirramboi-(Tomorrow)- First Nations Arts Festival

  • Various locations in Melbourne (map)

Yirramboi is taking place over nine days during May. Focusing on the five streams of Ngulu (give voice to), Yingadha Buluk (all sing together), Yulendj (knowledge), Bullarto Wonthaggi (everyone gathering together) and Nganga Burnbunak (see and feel), the festival is hosted by the City of Melbourne and contains over 50 events. 
Program Highlights:

Burrun Gambu - first night- 5 May

The first event of Yirramboi, Burrun Gambu promises an "evening of sound, smoke & song and high camp hilarity." A traditional smoking welcome ceremony will be conducted from 6.30pm, followed by an opening party starting at 7.30pm. The opening party, hosted by Miss Ellaneous, includes a performance by electro-soul duo ELECTRIC FIELDS, as well as many other Indigenous "queer, gender bending pop-up live arts." 

Chasing Smoke- 6-9 May

"Chasing Smoke is a glimpse into the world’s oldest living culture told through the limitless art form of contemporary circus. Tumbling through life while juggling our responsibilities in an age where culture, tradition, land and identity are under threat. BLAKflip performers ignite the imagination and paint the world that was, that is, and that could be."

RECENTRE; sisters- 6-14 May

RECENTRE; sisters is an all-female art exhibition showing the work of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander artists. The show strives to subvert the standard patriarchal gaze through cultural revival and activism. Focusing on both historical legacy and matriarchal future, RECENTRE will highlight the female role in the community and bring this back to the foreground. The show exhibits artists Paola Balla, Hannah Bronte, Tara-Rose Butterworth-Gonebale, Destiny Deacon, Hannah Gutchen, Lorraine Connelly-Northey and Kimba Thomson.

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Earlier Event: April 30
20th Anniversary Exhibition
Later Event: May 5
Burran Ganbu