Barring Yanabul

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A woman with a red jumper, black skirt and long curly brown hair performs to a crowd in Bourke Street Mall.
Photograph: Tiffany Garvie

Time Out says

Enjoy more than 40 free events celebrating Indigenous culture and creativity

Melbourne will experience a “blak-out” on Saturday, May 8 as Yirramboi hosts a free city-wide celebration of Indigenous culture. "Barring Yanabul" means "we all walk the path" in Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung language and the overarching event features more than 40 free events spanning art, music, dance and theatre.

Highlights of Barring Yanabul 2021 include music from Madi Colville-Walker, Kid Heron, Diimpa and Aya J; a collaborative dance performance from the Wurundjeri Djirri Djirri Dancers and Māori dance group Te Hononga O Nga Iwi; art exhibition Roots of Identity (featuring works by Teaka Williams, Rubii Red, Chelsea McGinty and Nakia Cadd), and a family-friendly storytime session with Jaeden Williams

It's a big day, but we also suggest heading along to Yirramboi After Dark following Barring Yanabul. It's a ticketed event, with the show featuring everyone from the Merindas to Kee'ahn and ballroom group House of Alexander. It's sure to be one of the most dazzling things to see during Yirramboi.  

Visit the Yirramboi website for the full schedule of Barring Yanabul events.


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