6 December 2016
The City of Melbourne has announced the revitalised Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival: YIRRAMBOI which means 'tomorrow' in the shared languages of Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung.
Aboriginal writers and artists are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for projects in the lead-up to the YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival, which will run from 5 to 14 May 2017.
"I am pleased to announce the YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival, which will celebrate 60,000 years of Aboriginal culture and inspire all Melburnians to engage in our shared tomorrow," said Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.
"The ten day festival will feature Indigenous-led dance, music, visual art, theatre and film across Melbourne's laneways, public spaces and major venues.
The City of Melbourne will present the reinvigorated festival in partnership with Creative Victoria and with support from the Festival's Elders Council of Kulin Nations people.
In addition to showcasing the diverse and unique talents of Victoria's Aboriginal artists and performers, First Nations artists from New Zealand, Canada, Wales, the United States and Taiwan are being invited to feature their works in the festival.
The festival will also include key industry gatherings and skills development programs, including Blak Critics, a masterclass series for local Aboriginal writers who will provide critical perspectives through the lens of First Nations Peoples throughout the festival.
Victorian Indigenous arts leader Jacob Boehme was appointed as the festival's Creative Director earlier this year.
"YIRRAMBOI is an exciting opportunity for Melbourne's communities and artists to engage in First Nations arts and culture in new ways and in new contexts," Jacob said. "We carry with us always, the legacies of yesterday and we invite you to dream forward with us, into tomorrow."
A full festival program will be released early next year.