Celebrate Australia's Indigenous culture in 2020 at a range of inspiring events throughout Victoria.
Belgrave Survival Day
Held in Melbourne's 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. The Yaluk-ut program features Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and interactive activities. Join in the fun and enjoy music, food, sport, market stalls and workshops.
Lake Bolac Eel Festival - Kuyang Lapakira
20 - 21 March
Known as 'the biggest little festival', the Lake Bolac Eel Festival - Kuyang Lapakira is held biennially in March by the lake in Victoria. It commemorates an annual gathering of up to 800 people from local Aboriginal tribes, who gathered at Lake Bolac through millenia.
Koorie Art Show
Through to 30 March
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.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
As part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the 'Deadly Funny' showcase has Australia’s established and emerging Indigenous comedians competing for the crown of being the funniest Indigenous comedian. Traditionally, the final of the competition is held in Melbourne in April.
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.
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, 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 throughout the state.
Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion
05 September-29 November
Celebrate Indigenous art, history and culture through the lens of contemporary fashion. Piinpi brings together a selection of garments and textiles by First Nations designers and artists from around Australia and will be the first major survey of contemporary Indigenous Australian fashion undertaken in this country. Join in as Piinpi shines a light on a growing industry, set to become Australia’s major fashion movement.
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.
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