Sydneysiders will join in a free community celebration of the world’s oldest living culture at the renowned Yabun festival on Australia Day.
The City of Sydney is backing the annual festival, a one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, at Sydney’s Victoria Park on Saturday 26 January.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Yabun challenged and inspired thousands of Sydneysiders on Australia Day, and the City was proud to have provided increased financial and in-kind support for the festival.
“By celebrating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Yabun’s helping us build a stronger future, where Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal people have an honoured place,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Let’s join together to celebrate our diversity on Australia Day – with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and the people of all 200 nationalities living in our city.”
Performers include Warren H Williams, Frank Yamma, Brisbane rock band Mop and the Drop Outs, Ursula Yovich, Vic Simms, Thelma Plum and special guest Archie Roach.
The festival provides free entertainment for all ages with more than 50 food and craft stalls, workshops and the opportunity to participate in traditional games, kids’ theatre and weaving classes.
This year, Yabun, which takes the Sydney Aboriginal language word meaning “music with a beat”, marks 75 years of the Aborigines Progressive Association, 20 years of the Gadigal Information Service and 10 years of Koori Radio’s Young Black & Deadly project.
Groups represented at this year’s festival include the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, the Redfern Legal Centre, Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre and Amnesty International.
Victoria Park’s award-winning Gardener’s Lodge Café will be open on the day of the festival, serving quality food with a bush-tucker twist.
Yabun festival, Victoria Park, Broadway
Saturday 26 January 2013
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