The biggest indigenous festival in Australia
January 26th, 2014
For travellers interested in the Aboriginal culture and the fascinating history of Sydney's past, the Yabun Festival 2014 is not to be missed. This festival is the biggest single-day Indigenous festival in the country. It is also considered to be one of the most important Indigenous music events in Australia.
The artistic line up of this festival comprises of Australia's best in Torres Strait Island and Aboriginal music - from established musicians to those just emerging onto the scene. In addition to the music offerings, festival will also present cultural programming, including panels by some of the communities - highly recognised politicians, academics, and other leaders.
Yabun comes from the Aboriginal language and means 'music with a beat' or 'music made by singing or beating time', and is a great way to describe the feel of the entire festival that is presented by Koori Radio 93.7.
Each year since the festival began in 2003, attendance has grown and now draws about 20,000 to 25,000 event goers. The 2014 festival will be held on January 26th. Full details for the event have yet to be released but to give you a taste of what to expect, we have outlined the highlights from 2013.
2013 Artist Line Up
The main lineup in the 2013 event featured:
- Headline Act: Warren H. Williams, a well-known country music artist and recipient of the Red Ochre Award
- Frank Yamma, one of the most important Australian singer/songwriters
- Burlesque performer Constantina Busth
- Alec Doomadge, a very popular personality
- Legendary rock group Mop and The Drop Outs
Panels, Speeches And More
Alongside all the wonderful music, you can soak up some culture and area information from some of the community's most influential leaders and informational booths. 2013 included:
- The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence,
- The Redfern Legal Centre,
- Wirringa Bay Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre
- Amnesty International
Before or after attending the Yabun Festival, make sure to take in all the other wonderful attractions and activities that can be found in Sydney. Take a tour of the historic Sydney Opera House or any number of famous buildings. Take a lovely stroll through the fragrant Royal Botanic Gardens, or soak up some Asian culture at the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
Visit the famous Manly Beach and perhaps try your hand at surfing the waves. If you want something more relaxing, take a stroll down Bondi Beach and stop for a relaxing picnic, while overlooking the pristine shore.
No matter what you choose to do in addition to the Yabun Festival, make sure that you have great lodging accommodation. Instead of staying in a cold hotel with few amenities, choose a well-appointed holiday rental. Imagine having multiple living spaces and a full kitchen.
You can stop by one of the famous Sydney markets, pick up some local ingredients, and whip up a delicious meal for you and your group.
No matter what you choose to do on your holiday, the Yabun Festival and all that Sydney offers will let you enjoy your stay to the fullest.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of September 4th 2013