Corroboree Ground at 2016 Yabun Festival

Photo Credit: Michelle Lake

There’s plenty of events and performances taking place around Sydney on the 26th of January, 2016, but nothing quite like Yabun Festival’s Corroboree Ground, where men and women of the world’s oldest surviving culture gather to perform traditional Aboriginal dance.

Corroboree Ground quickly became a main attraction at the 2015 Yabun Festival, an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture that takes place in Victoria Park in Camperdown, Sydney, on January 26. 

Yabun Festival is a free event, featuring some of the biggest names and emerging artists from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music scene, along with arts and crafts workshops and stalls, singing and dancing lessons for kids, and sports activities. 

 The Corroboree Ground at Yabun provides a truly unforgettable cultural experience. A unique energy and atmosphere builds around the corroboree circle as the ancient sound of clap sticks merging with didgeridoo and Aboriginal language ring out across Victoria Park.

“We’re really excited about Corroboree Ground given how huge it was in 2015,” says Yabun Event Coordinator, Miah Wright. 

“The beauty about Corroboree Ground is that we’ve got dance groups coming from all over the country, they’re going to bringing all of their songs, dances and stories from where they’re from, and that’s quite special, we’re reaching out to all the mobs from all over.”

In 2015, 10 traditional dance groups travelled from across New South Wales and Queensland to perform at Corroboree Ground and even more dance groups will perform at the 2016 event.  Yabun Festival was first held in 2002 as a celebration of the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural survival. The event has grown to become one of the major Indigenous cultural gatherings in the country, drawing crowds of up to 25 000 people. 

“Aboriginal peoples have been meeting at significance cultural places for ceremony and dancing for thousands of years, Corroboree Ground at Yabun is a continuation of that tradition, and plays an important role in persevering and showcasing the strength and beauty of Aboriginal culture and identity,” says  Gadigal Information Service CEO, Jodie Choolburra.

Corroboree Ground performances will occur throughout the day at Yabun Festival at the designated Corroborre Ground dance circle. 

For more information contact Gadigal Information Service on 02 9384 4000, or email news@gadigal.org.au