Bold Ideas and Critical Conversations

Lean in to bold ideas and critical conversations at YIRRAMBOI. Step into salons and symposiums that explore the history and current state of First Nations arts, culture and language. YIRRAMBOI is a chance for us to learn together, exchange knowledge, and equip a new generation with the tools they need to create their own space, art and vision for the future.

Know your history

The History Salon is a living encyclopaedia of Blak culture in Australia. It’s a space to honour traditions and transfer knowledge. Rachael Maza, with a distinguished career in stage and screen, and Tiriki Onus, artist, curator and opera singer, share stories and inform a new generation about their place in two thousand generations of cultural practice. Gather, listen and be inspired.

Ahead of their theatre performances later in the week, meet the exceptional Wiradjuri Elders of A Little Piece of Heaven for an intimate storytelling experience. A Little Piece of Heaven is the extraordinary story of Uncle Dick and Aunty Ruth Carney, from their blossoming teenage love to the loss, triumph, learning and growing of their 55 years of marriage. Hear the Elders tell their story around the campfire.

Revive and reclaim language

The languages of First Peoples from Victoria are no longer spoken as a first language. In the International Year of Indigenous Languages, we’ve partnered with the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages to present lectures on language. Harley Dunolly-Lee will look at the kinship structures in Kulin languages, and Lee Healy shares her experience of compiling a dictionary of the Dhagung Wurrung (Taungurong) language.

Make way in the arts

Explore the importance of Koorie representation in major arts and cultural institutions and in shaping policy decisions. Curator Paola Balla and artist Arika Waulu host Critical Conversations, a wide-ranging conversation and Q&A on self-determination of First Nations peoples in the sector. A crucial discussion for all arts practitioners.