Our Programs


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.


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. 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. Find out more about our 2019 KIN Commissions.


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.