Aboriginal dancers, Echuca, Murray, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne and Victoria's rich Aboriginal history offers a wealth of Aboriginal cultural experiences.

Throughout the year, cultural centres such as Melbourne's Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne Museum's Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre and the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre provide visitors with excellent exhibitions, workshops and tours. Music and theatre performances are brought to audiences from arts companies including ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Short Black Opera and Bangarra Dance Theatre, and Aboriginal art exhibitions are on display in galleries across Melbourne and Victoria.

In summer, the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival celebrates Aboriginal arts with an inspiraing program of exhibitions, talks, films, dance, cabaret and live music, and the Yalukit Wilum Ngaree: People Place Gathering sees St Kilda Festival launch with a deadly program of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and arts. For sports fans, May's "Dreamtime at the 'G" is a football event not to be missed.

See below to discover the diversity of events in Melbourne and Victoria celebrating the world's oldest living culture.

Arnhem Land artist Narritjin Maymuru

Coat of Arms by Narritjin Maymuru

28 Jul - 1 Dec 2015

On display at M. A. D. E for a limited time is rare bark painting Coat of Arms by Narritjin Maymuru (1963). Maymuru is a highly respected Aboriginal...

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Oil Paint and Ochre

29 Aug - 22 Nov 2015

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is examining the relationship between Wurundjeri leader William Barak and local wine making pioneers, the de Pury family...

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Chooky Dancers

Judy Warne - The Crow Exhibition

17 - 18 Oct 2015

Local Dunkeld artist Judy Warne welcomes you. Sterling Place will host a very special retrospective exhibition of the acclaimed work of local artist,...

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As If: Public Art Walks (4)

As If: Public Art Walks (Four)

25 Oct 2015

The Women's Art Register has commissioned four Melbourne-based artists to lead walks to explore a selection of public artworks created by women. The...

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Native Spice Classes at Saltbush Kitchen

Native Spice Classes at Saltbush Kitchen

17 Oct 2015, 21 Nov 2015

Bush spice classes every Saturday & Sunday through winter at Saltbush Kitchen. Come along and throw some bush spices around and learn how to use them...

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Shearwater Festival

Shearwater Festival

28 Nov 2015

The Shearwater Festival is a creative, cultural and environmental initiative that brings communities together to celebrate the migration of the...

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