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Yirramboi

YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival is a citywide Blakout, gathering creative visionaries from across Victoria, Australia and around the world on the lands of the Kulin, Nairm. A ten day feast of arts and cultural events that honours the visions of yesterday and dreams forward into tomorrow.

5 – 14 May 2017.

Full Program coming soon.

Elders message

Womin jeka mirambeek biik. Nairm derp bordupren uther willam.

Welcome to our beautiful home, the Lands of the Two Great Bays.

On behalf of the YIRRAMBOI Elders Council representing 5 clans of the Kulin Nations, the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja dja Wurrung, it is a privilege to be involved as active contributors, bringing our knowledge and traditions to the creation of YIRRAMBOI. As the title suggests ‘tomorrow’, this major event showcases the future vision of Indigenous Arts in Melbourne. YIRRAMBOI is an invitation, to be actively involved in the evolving process and future direction of Indigenous arts events, with us, on Kulin Nations.

N’arwee’t Aunty Carolyn Briggs, Senior Boon Wurrung Elder

Key Events

TIGERLILLY

TIGERLILLY
By TigerLilly (AUS)

Date 10 May 2017

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with City of Melbourne as part of Yirramboi Festival

Early program release as part of Melbourne Recital Centre Autumn Season, 2017

TigerLilly are the folk/pop storytelling duo of singer-songwriters Lydia Fairhall and Kali Blunt.

In this intimate Salon performance Lydia and Kali will be performing as a three piece with a soon to be announced special guest.

TigerLilly released their first EP in 2014 through Queensland’s only Indigenous owned and managed record label, Impossible Odds Records. Their first single Fractions was warmly received, sitting at number one on the AMRAP community radio charts for three weeks.

With a solid fifteen year career in various ensembles behind her, Lydia has played to audiences from the red sands of the central desert to some of New York’s most seedy and crowded bars and everything in between. After spending the better part of the last few years submerged in the world of producing dance and theatre, the chance to refresh her career as a formidable singer/songwriter couldn’t have come at a better time. Joining her is veteran keys player and vocalist in her own right, Kali Blunt, a tiny force of intelligence and exceptional musicality taken out on a hammond organ and explored through her poignant harmonies.

Tigerlilly’s songs are gentle, earth loving songs with grit and a tiny bit of grunt and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Centre as part of Yirramboi.

Ticket Price:

Standard $25 | $15 Concession and Student

Location:

Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Melbourne Recital Centre website.

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THE SPIRIT OF THINGS

THE SPIRIT OF THINGS
By Stiff Gins (AUS)

Date 10 May 2017

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with City of Melbourne as part of Yirramboi Festival

Early program release as part of Melbourne Recital Centre Autumn Season, 2017

‘Stiff Gins are one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed indigenous folk/pop/vocal groups.’ Chaos

A moving sonic response to Indigenous objects and artefacts held in museum collections globally, Spirit of Things is a new music-based performance work by Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs, members of the award-winning musical duo, the Stiff Gins, in collaboration with renowned British director Felix Cross.

Simpson and Briggs became concerned by the disconnection and distance between Indigenous cultural objects in numerous museum collections and their ancestral country. To the artists, objects such as these are more than mere shadows of the past: they are living entities, buzzing with life.

Spirit of Things will awaken these objects, unlocking them through music, stories and performance to reconnect them with their communities and creators once more.

A Performance Space Production

Ticket Price:

Standard $45

Location:

Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centr

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Melbourne Recital Centre website.

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KULIN TIDE STRINGS

KULIN TIDE STRINGS
By James Henry / Silo Quartet (AUS)

Date 10 May 2017

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with City of Melbourne as part of Yirramboi Festival

Early program release as part of Melbourne Recital Centre Autumn Season, 2017

An imagining of musical harmony between Indigenous and western sounds of the 18th Century.

Featuring songs written for Tanderrum: Melbourne Festival’s opening ceremony, Kulin Tide Strings is a unique collaboration between composer James Henry and Silo Strings Quartet, bringing together timeless sounds from opposite sides of the world

Composer, James Henry is a musical Renaissance man. His diverse skills have seen him perform with the Black Arm Band tours of the U.K. and U.S., perform as part of the Archie Roach Into the Bloodstream tour and is a sought after sound designer in dance and theatre production.

SiloSQ are at the leading edge of new string quartet repertoire in Australia and internationally, performing and recording in a wide range of versatile genres with some of the worlds top musicians and performers. SiloSQ push the boundaries of string quartet repertoire, launching new composers onto the world stage through performances and recordings.

Ticket Price:

Free

Location:

Ground Floor Foyer, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Melbourne Recital Centre website.

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BARRING YANABUL

BARRING YANABUL
We all walk the path

Date 13 May 2017
Venue Various sites across Melbourne’s CBD

Explore the Blak heart of Melbourne in our day long city-wide treasure hunt of fun, provocative, experimental and interactive arts experiences. Grab a map and discover First Nations artists filling the streets, laneways, hidden places and secret spaces of the world’s most liveable city.

Expressions of Interest are now open for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists and performers who would like to present work as part of this event.

Become a member of KIN, our artist development network, to be connected with more opportunities like this.

Full Program launch February 2017.

This project is supported by:

Indigenous Languages & Arts Program logo

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BLAK CRITICS

BLAK CRITICS

Date February – May 2017

YIRRAMBOI Festival is seeking Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander writers who wish to develop their critical writing skills through a program of workshops hosted by the Guardian Masterclasses Australia and YIRRAMBOI.

Blak Critics addresses the need for robust, critical and culturally informed dialogue around Indigenous performance, practice and methodologies, in mainstream editorials and publications and the public domain. The project will provide up to 10 Victorian-based Indigenous writers with a public platform for creating critical review and conversation, from our perspectives.

Expressions of Interest are open now. For more info, click here.

Project partner:

The Guardian Masterclasses & Events

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MARRAM-NGANJINU BIIK-GURRIN

MARRAM-NGANJINU BIIK-GURRIN
We are Country: Summit & Creation Lab

Date Summit 8 – 10 May 2017
Date Creation Lab 8 – 12 May 2017

Marram-nganjinu Biik-gurrin will bring together First Nations cultural leaders from across Australia and the world, for a three day Summit and a week-long Creation lab.

The Summit will draw on the strong and existing cultural foundations whilst finding inspiration to chart new ways for change. It will be a place where First Nations leaders can shake up and shape the future of arts and cultural practice in community and on country.

Running in tandem with the Summit, the 5 day Creation Lab invites First Nations artists to challenge the role and influence of western performance methodologies and explore dramaturgy through the cultural lens of First Nations peoples. Creation Lab will provide a space for international First Nations collaboration, exchange and the seeding of new works.

Information on registration and involvement will be available from February 2017.

Presented in partnership between:

 

British Council          Australia Council logo

 

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NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DANCE FORUM

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DANCE FORUM

Date 5 – 7 May 2017

Presented by BlakDance – the peak body for Indigenous dance
The National Indigenous Dance Forum will gather traditional practitioners, contemporary practitioners, rights’ holders to songlines, community groups, independent artists, makers, creators, producers, choreographers, educators and scholars to participate in three days of discussions that will focus on the current situation affecting Indigenous dance practice within our communities in our great south land.

Image: ‘Winds of Woerr’ by Ghenoa Gela. Photographer: Gregory Lorenzutti

Project partners:

 

BlakDance Logo          Indigenous Languages & Arts Program logo

Arts Queensland logo

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SHORE

SHORE
By Emily Johnson

Date 6 – 14 May 2017

Presented by Arts House as part of Yirramboi

Early program release as part of Arts House Season 1, 2017

Know where you are and who you are with. This is ceremony. This is tradition.

– Emily Johnson

SHORE is a multi-day performance installation of four equal parts: Community Action, Story, Performance and Feast. It is a celebration of the places where we meet and merge – land and water, performer and audience, art and community, past, present and future.  Over the course of a week, SHORE will include volunteer actions in partnership with local Indigenous and community organisations, a curated reading by Melbourne-based authors, theatrical performances that begin outdoors and move into the theatre, and will culminate in a giant, festive potluck feast.

SHORE: Community Action is a gathering; a merging of art and life, history and movement; a meditation on places of belonging –literally (re)connects people to country around them.

SHORE: Story is a curated reading by local authors. Developed in partnership with the Black Writers’ Group, Victoria, local writers and curated by Emily Johnson/Catalyst, the reading features original work relating to home, place, land and country. Book tickets here.  A callout for contributions for SHORE: Story will open from January to March 2017.

SHORE: Performance merges the powerful pull of place and history with movement, installation, sound and voice to create a dreamlike, immersive, and multi-sensory experience of connection and yearning. Book tickets here.

SHORE: Feast is a potluck celebration. Inspired by Johnson’s childhood, where her extended family would gather for harvest, SHORE: Feast invites you to dinner. SHORE: Feast is a free event but bookings are essential. Book tickets here.

Emily Johnson is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow who makes body-based work. Originally from Alaska and now based in New York, she is of Yup’ik descent, and since 1998 has created work with her company – Emily Johnson/Catalyst – that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance.

For more information on Shore, visit the Arts House website.

Presented by:

Arts House Logo

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THE VIOLENCE OF DENIAL

THE VIOLENCE OF DENIAL
By Genevieve Grieves

Date 6 – 14 May 2017

Presented by Arts House as part of Yirramboi

Early program release as part of Arts House Season 1, 2017

Colonising histories surround us: they are evident in the names of streets, the statues of people that represent our past and the memorials where we are encouraged to remember. These memorial landscapes largely represent white, male narratives and are focused on supporting the act and continuation of conquest.

The Violence of Denial is a creative collaboration and exhibition by Aboriginal women – facilitated by Worimi artist, filmmaker and storyteller Genevieve Grieves (lament) – who come together to intervene in colonising narratives and landscapes. Together, they resist, reframe and undermine these representations, shifting local and national narratives of belonging and place. Their existing and new screen-based interventions interrogate histories, transforming the present, past and the future.

The Violence of Denial brings together works by artists Vicki Couzens, Dianne Jones and Julie Gough, along with a public talks program. The Public Talks program runs from Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 May.

The exhibition is free. The Public Talks Series is ticketed and tickets can be purchased here.

Location:

Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

An Arts House and Yirramboi commission, presented by:

Arts House Logo

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LONG WATER

LONG WATER
By Hannah Donnelly

Date 9 – 14 May 2017

Presented by Arts House as part of Yirramboi

Early program release as part of Arts House Season 1, 2017

Long Water will respond in sound and story to future water treaty.

As Arts House’s Artist in Residence for the 2017 Listening Program, writer Hannah Donnelly will imagine a militarisation of water and water-having in climate trauma. Through this investigation she will speculate on cultural flows returning through water treaties and the survival of box gum woodlands. Will the song of running water be held together by future women?

Hannah Donnelly is the creator of the Sovereign Trax Indigenous music culture blog, which showcases the work of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Her writing experiments with speculative fiction and future imaginings of Indigenous responses to climate change.

Notes:

Following the Open Studio, will be a Supper Club, curated by Paola Balla. Discussing the role of strong women’s voices in disrupting colonial narratives, Paola will talk matriarchy, healing and story with guests from across Arts House’s YIRRAMBOI program. For more details and to book tickets please click here.

Ticket Price:

Free

Location:

Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

An Arts House and Yirramboi commission, presented by:

Arts House Logo

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SUPPER CLUB HOSTED BY MOK MOK

SUPPER CLUB HOSTED BY MOK MOK
As part of Yirramboi Festival

Date Tuesday 9 May 2017

Presented by Arts House as part of Yirramboi

Early program release as part of Arts House Season 1, 2017

Hosted by Paola Balla, this Supper Club will uncover the role of strong women’s voices in disrupting colonial narratives. Join Paola and artists Hannah Donnelly, Genevieve Grieves and Emily Johnson, as they talk matriarchy, healing and story.

Ticket Price:

Full $20 l Student $15 l Conc $15

Tickets are now on sale and can be booked here.

Location:

Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

An Arts House and Yirramboi commission, presented by:

Arts House Logo

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MARRAM-NGANJINU BIIK-GURRIN: Creation Lab

MARRAM-NGANJINU BIIK-GURRIN: Creation Lab
We are Country: Creation Lab

Date 8 – 12 May 2017

Marram-nganjinu biik-gurrin is a ground-breaking international event that will refocus the arts and cultural landscape through the lens of First Nations people.

Bringing together First Nations cultural leaders from across Australia and the world, Marram-nganjinu biik-gurrin consists of a three day Summit , and a week-long Creation Lab.

Running in tandem with the Summit, the Creation Lab invites First Nations artists to challenge the role and influence of western performance methodologies and explore dramaturgy through the cultural lens of First Nations peoples. Creation Lab will provide a space for international First Nations collaboration, exchange and the seeding of new works.

Marram-nganjinu biik-gurrin is underpinned by a partnership between the Australia Council for the Arts and the British Council to enhance and extend the impact of the ACCELERATE tailored leadership skills development programme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working within the creative industries.

Information on registration and involvement will be available from February 2017.

 

British Council          Australia Council logo

– Can’t find logo

http://www.testing-grounds.com.au/

 

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Group Hug!

We’re stoked to have Anna Jacobs (centre, feeling the love) join our team as a Marketing Coordinator.

Anna has done some pretty deadly things in her time; just recently she worked on marketing with the Brunswick Music Festival, prior to that she was both an Associate Producer and the General Manager of the Black Arm Band.

She joins our fold today.

#TeamYIRRAMBOI #YIRRAMBOI #CityofMelbourne #Melbourne #KulinCountry #Aboriginal #FirstNations #Indigenous #IndigenousArts #TOMORROW
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Kicking up the dust with six Green Room Nominations for Blood on the Dance Floor

YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival is pleased to note that our Creative Director Jacob Boehme’s production Blood on the Dance Floor has been nominated for six Green Room Awards as part of the 2017 gongs.

Blood on the Dance Floor (ILBIJERRI Theatre Company & Arts House) received the nominations in the following categories:

- Jacob Boehme - Independent Theatre Performer
- Jacob Boehme - Independent Theatre Writing
- Keith Deverell - Set and Costume Design
- James Henry – Music Composition and Sound Design
- Isaac Drandich – Direction; and for
- Production – Independent Theatre.

Congratulations Jacob, Keith, James, Isaac, ILBIJERRI, Arts House and all involved with Blood on the Dance Floor.
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