Yabun: A celebration of indigenous music

A talented line-up of performers joins this year’s Yabun festival, a free celebration of Indigenous music.

Presented by the Gadigal Information Service, Yabun 2006 is expected to attract more than 14,000 people. The community festival will be held in Redfern Park, corner of Redfern and Chalmers Streets, on Thursday 26 January from 12.30pm to 7pm.

MCs Luke Carroll and Paula Maling will host the day, which will feature stalls, kids activities and a galaxy of music acts including George Rrurrambu & Birdwave, Local Knowledge, Briscoe Sisters, Bobby McLeod, Cindy Drummond, Nokturnl, The Red Ochre Band, Troy n Trevelyn & The Tribe, The Indij Hip Hop All-Stars and the Naisda Dancers.

According to Gadigal Information Service Chair Person, Mary Mumbulla, the word Yabun means “song with a beat”.

“Yabun is symbolic. It comes from the original Sydney language and reminds all Indigenous Australians, on what we call ‘Invasion Day’, that our cultures have survived,” Ms Mumbulla said.

“Yabun links us to our past and traditions. It also allows us to celebrate a brighter future by bringing together the best in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent this country has to offer,” she said.

City of Sydney is a proud supporter of Yabun for the second year running. Yabun is an alcohol and drug free event.

More information is available by calling 02 9564 5090 or emailing yabun@gadigal.org.au

For images and/or interviews contact:

Daniela Marchetta
Tel: (02) 9265 9553 Mob: 0407 200 960
Email: dmarchetta@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Josh MacKenzie
Tel: (02) 9265 9082 Mob: 0402 351 459
Email: jmackenzie@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au