Our Programs


YIRRAMBOI acknowledges the disruption that our First Nations community and creatives are facing during isolation. To support your creative development, we introduce our new program, Resilience in Isolation. We are calling out for Expressions of Interest from First Nations creatives. Each project will receive up to $1000 to develop, create or adapt new works that can be uploaded to social media and/or be further developed into a showing or showcase piece for YIRRAMBOI Festival, 6 – 16 May 2021. Applications open soon.

If you have any queries please contact our Collaborations Producer, Kalinda Palmer on kalinda.palmer@melbourne.vic.gov.au 


The First Nations community has passed on cultures and knowledge from generation to generation through storytelling. With physical distancing and social solidarity, we need great stories to keep us connected more than ever. YIRRAMBOI invites multiple Blak Bloggers to put their isolation experiences in words. While staying home, our Blak literacy can offer you a few minutes of resilience in isolation. Read the Blak Bloggers articles here.

If you are a First Nations creative in isolation, we invite you to submit your content proposal. We are looking for writings from all sorts of creative writers across the country. Your pieces can be personal reflections, lyrical, poetic literature, academic, short story, comical, fictional and more.

Contact our Collaborations Producer Kalinda Palmer via kalinda.palmer@melbourne.vic.gov.au for further details and have your writing published by YIRRAMBOI. This is a pilot program and a paid opportunity to be part of YIRRAMBOI’s online collective of Blak Bloggers.


YIRRAMBOI Commissions provide direct support, resources and advice to early and midcareer artists, to create, develop and present new work as part of YIRRAMBOI Festival. YIRRAMBOI Commissions place First Nations voices first and provide the authority to determine ‘our narratives, presented our way’. Five 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. Find out more about YIRRAMBOI COMMISSIONS.


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. Expressions of interest for Barring Yanabul will open in 2020.


Street to Stage program has been developed through Barring Yanabul. Born after the success of Barring Yanabul in 2019, Street to Stage will showcase the further developed works of five creatives for an industry only audience. See the selected creatives here.


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 realised new projects across visual art, music and performance, in unique cross-cultural collaborations with Australian creatives. Find out more about the YIRRAMBOI x Pulima collaboration.


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 2019, YIRRAMBOI Blak Critics Timmah Ball, Monique Grbec, Angelina Hurley and Davey Thompson responded critically to shows within the program. Read the Blak Critics reviews.