The 2019 YIRRAMBOI Festival program is here! YIRRAMBOI Festival is Australia’s premier First Nations arts and cultural event, taking over the city of Melbourne from 2 to 12 May.
Featuring over 200 First Nations creatives from across Victoria, Australia and the world, the program is bursting with free and low-cost events across music, dance, theatre, film, exhibitions, markets, fashion parades, family-friendly events, talks and workshops all over the city.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Not sure where to start? Here are some of our top picks from the program.
With First Nations performers from around the world, don’t miss the Festival’s acclaimed international acts. Portland’s premier drag clown Anthony Hudson (Grand Ronde, United States) – aka Carla Rossi – explores the history and representation of ‘Indian princess’ Tiger Lily. Talk is Free Theatre’s touring sensation Tales of an Urban Indian (Secwepemc, Canada) is a dark comedy staged on a moving bus around the city. And stories and song combine in a riveting and moving performance from transgender Hawaiian (mahu wahine) Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole.
Closer to home, choreographer Vicki Van Hout tackles hard issues of art, culture and community with fast-paced wit and arresting honesty. And experience a youth takeover of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall with Kate ten Buuren’s dis rupt, followed by a performance from music icons Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project.
The 2019 program is packed with live music including a Bad Apples Music House Party from the esteemed hip-hop label, and a world-premiere performance from Lydia Fairhall and her new band The Black She Oaks.
In a free late-night performance on the iconic Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, Naretha Williams premieres Blak Mass – a haunting avant-garde site-specific sound work that considers the Grand Organ as a significant symbol of European domination. Also at Melbourne Town Hall, ARIA award–winning rock legend Dan Sultan gives an electrifying concert with support from outstanding young artists Alice Skye and Kalaji, both premiering new works performed in language.