Our Programs


YIRRAMBOI Weelam is YIRRAMBOI’s Festival hub. YIRRAMBOI Weelam means ‘YIRRAMBOI’s home’ in local language. Cosy up for a pre- or post-show yarn around the communal fire in the courtyard, or grab a feed and a drink from one of the pop-up bars. Immerse yourself in our program of live music, dance, theatre, exhibitions, films, workshops and talks, and everyone’s favourite – Drag Bingo! Experience YIRRAMBOI’s vision for what First Nations–led arts can be. View the YIRRAMBOI Weelam program.


Barring Yanabul translates to ‘we all walk the path’ in the shared local languages of the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung peoples. It’s the epic free program of more than 40 pop-up live events that create a citywide Blak-out on the first Saturday of YIRRAMBOI Festival. First Nations creatives take to Melbourne’s iconic public spaces, laneways and green places for surprising and eclectic moments of music, performance and art. View the Barring Yanabul program.


KIN is YIRRAMBOI’s Knowledge and Industry Network for First Nations artists living in Victoria – to make more connections with each other and the industry, to share ideas, to create opportunities for career development, cultural exchange and transformative practice, and to offer exclusive ticket discounts through Blaktix. Find out more about KIN.


The YIRRAMBOI KIN Commissions provide direct support, resources and advice to early and midcareer artists, to create, develop and present new work as part of YIRRAMBOI Festival 2019. The KIN Commissions place First Nations voices first and provide the authority to determine ‘our narratives, presented our way’. Four extraordinary and emerging new voices, working across a variety of mediums and disciplines – dance, theatre, visual arts, music and storytelling – present world premieres of their work throughout the Festival. Congratulations to the recipients Joel Bray, Ngioka Bunda-Heath, Kalaji and Jack Sheppard.


In 2018, YIRRAMBOI participated in Pulima, a Taiwanese First Nations Festival, and established an exciting new reciprocal relationship between Australian and Taiwanese First Nations creatives. At YIRRAMBOI Festival 2019, First Nations Taiwanese artists will realise new projects across visual art, music and performance. These unique cross-cultural collaborations include the winner of Miss First Nation Taiwan Rose Mary performing in Melbourne; musician Ilid Kaolo in concert with Alice Skye; performance artist Dondon Hounwn accompanying Peter Waples-Crowe’s exhibition insideOUT; visual artist Labay Eyong’s solo exhibition Red Dinosaur and series of First Nations weaving workshops with artist Glenda Nicholls; and the collaboration with local First Nations artist Carly Sheppard and founder of Taiwan’s TAI Body Theatre Watan Tusi presents a double bill with Carly’s new solo work Negotiating Home and co-choreography work Red Earth plus First Nations Dance And Music Workshop.


Blak Critics is a YIRRAMBOI initiative giving voice to First Nations writers and critics. The goal is to encourage dialogue with, and between, art and culture both mainstream and underground. In 2017, the model for Blak Critics was for eight writers to be mentored by established arts writers and editors. In 2019, the YIRRAMBOI Blak Critics will respond critically to shows within the program. Congratulations to the selected writers Timmah Ball, Monique Grbec, Angelina Hurley and Davey Thompson.