Celebrate Australia's Indigenous culture in 2019 at a range of inspiring events throughout Victoria.
Belgrave Survival Day
Held in Melbournes east each year on 26 January, the Belgrave Survival Day concert and festival aims to increase understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The event features live music from diverse genres, dance, speakers and family activities.
Balit Narrun – Share the Spirit Festival
The annual Balit Narrun – Share the Spirit Festival lights up Melbourne's Treasury Gardens on 26 January. The event boasts a stellar line-up of Victorian-based Indigenous artists and musicians as well as food stalls and children's entertainment.
Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee
Make your way down to St Kilda's O'Donnell Gardens for Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee, a free Indigenous arts and cultural festival. Held over two days, the Yaluk-ut program features Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and interactive activities. Join in the fun and enjoy music, cooking, sport and workshops featuring pom poms, basket weaving and boomerang burning.
NRL All Stars
Be there when the best rugby league players of Indigenous Australia line up against the New Zealand Maori at the NRL All Stars fixture. Featuring new teams and taking place in Melbourne for the first time, the game is sure to ignite a fierce new rivalry in Australia's sporting capital.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Laugh it up at the 'Deadly Funny' showcase, part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and see established and emerging Indigenous comedy acts competing for the crown. Traditionally, the final of the competition is held in Melbourne in March.
Koori Arts and Craft Markets
Visit the Hopwood Gardens in Echuca to see local Indigenous artists presenting their handmade arts and crafts at the Koori Arts and Crafts Markets. In addition to the arts and crafts on offer, there are interactive activities from traditional face painting through to didgeridoo and art competitions.
Yirramboi is a biennial ten-day event that brings together both established and up-and-coming Indigenous artists, performers and musicians across various locations in Melbourne. The 2017 event boasted 60 events across ten days encompassing literary, academic, environmental and cultural topics.
National Reconciliation Week
27 May – 3 June
Be a part of the annual National Reconciliation Week, an event designed to share the culture of Indigenous people from across Australia. Learn about our shared history and achievements through a series of lectures, discussions, art displays and concerts around Victoria.
NAIDOC week marks an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around Australia. NAIDOC, which stands for National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Commemoration and has all Australians celebrating every second week of July. Victoria will have a range of events from Aboriginal communities through out the state.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Get down to the Melbourne Fringe Festival, which features an exceptional line-up of Aboriginal talent. Choose from a wide range of leading Indigenous comedic acts, circus acts, art installations and musical performances across the three weeks.
Take part in Tanderrum in October, an event that sees Aboriginal groups that make up the wider Melbourne region gather at Federation Square for a traditional ceremony of celebration. The Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung all make up the Eastern Kulin Nation. The ceremony signals the start of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, which lasts for the two weeks.
Koorie Art Show
The Koorie Heritage Trust is home to the annual Koorie Art Show, which showcases the best art from around Aboriginal Victoria. As the largest Indigenous arts prize in Victoria, over 100 artists are featured and have their works on display with rotating exhibitions from December 2019 through to March 2020.
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