VACCA 40th Gala Dinner


It is with great pleasure we invite you to join us in this very special year at our inaugural Gala Dinner to commemorate 40 years of service to the Aboriginal community.

It is only with the support of many individuals and organisations that we have been able to continue to help so many children and families in our community.

We look forward to your attendance on Friday 17 November at Melbourne Museum the evening is being hosted by star MC’s Richard Frankland and Kylie Belling.

We are also proud to host an evening where guests will enjoy musically some of Victoria’s most talented Aboriginal acts, including The X-Factor winner and Eurovision contestant Isaiah Firebrace, local Aboriginal woman Maylene Slater-Burns and well-known community band Stray Blacks.

Our live auction will also give guests the opportunity to bid on and win exclusive items and experiences, with all funds raised on the evening going towards our cultural programs, which are a critical part of connecting children to their culture and healing.

So again we invite you to share this milestone with us as we reflect on the past, the people who have been part of this journey and the many memories that we have.

Tickets are strictly limited.

Date: 17th November 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: The Touring Hall at Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street Carlton

Dress: Formal

RSVP: 10th November 2017

Tickets: $175 per person

Table of 10: $1,500

Click here to purchase tickets

*Ticket price to this exclusive event includes a three-course dinner, drinks and canapes on arrival at 7pm.

*Parking will be available at the Museum on the night.

For Sponsorship options please contact Nicole Arrowsmith on 03 9287 8800, or email




Richard Frankland

Richard Frankland is a proud Gunditjmara man who lives on country in South-West Victoria. His roles include and Investigator for the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission, Fisherman, Musician, Author, Writer for Live Theatre, Screen Writer, Director of Stage and Screen, Theatrical Producer, CEO, Keynote Speaker for Theatrical Institutions, Workshop Facilitator and Key Note Speaker in Indigenous Issues including Lateral Violence, Cultural Safety, Community Capacity Building and Associate Dean, Associate Professor and most importantly, Family Man.


Richard’s lifelong work has been to facilitate the voice of Indigenous Australians via his many public personas.


Richard constantly reminds people that “We are not a problem people, we are people with a problem and that problem was colonisation.”




Kylie Belling

Kylie Belling is a Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri/South Sea Islander Actor and currently the Acting Director for Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing with the Department of Health and Human Services. Born and raised in Melbourne, she is a renowned Aboriginal actor and director who has worked extensively across theatre, film and television for almost thirty years since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts Drama School in 1985. Kylie is an AFI award nominee, best known for her appearances in The Sapphires, Redfern Now, Prisoner and The Fringe Dwellers.


In between performing arts commitments, Kylie completed a Bachelor of Arts and Education in 1999 and is currently studying towards her Masters of Public Health. She has also worked in the areas of Aboriginal education, justice and health in both the government and community sectors. Kylie lists her greatest accomplishment to date as her 23 year old daughter Sofii, and looks forward to continuing to work for and contribute to her Aboriginal community in various capacities for many years to come.


Archie Roach

In a voice rich with humanity, filled with joy, pain, love and longing, Archie Roach traces the journey of his people, and gets to the heart of what it means to be human.  He is one of Australia’s most treasured performers.

When his debut album “Charcoal Lane” was released in 1990, the impact was immediate. Critics were quick to realise Archie’s soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics heralded the emergence of a major new artist. The album’s centrepiece, “Took the Children Away”, shone a spotlight on the impact of the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from their families and brought it to the attention of the global community. The single won an international Human Rights Achievement Award (the first time ever awarded for a song), while the album was certified gold and won two ARIA Awards.

Three decades after the release of “Charcoal Lane”, Archie’s work continues to explore universal themes of love, friendship, family, country and community.


Isaiah Firebrace

With a population of just over 5,000 people, Moama is hardly the kind of place you expect to find a superstar…well, no one told Isaiah that.

In the past two years, the talented teen has transformed from a small town singer with big dreams, to one of Australia’s most successful artists. Along the way he’s won The X Factor, released a debut single that charted all over the world, notched up over 120 million international streams, supported the incredible Jessica Mauboy on her Australian tour and represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, finishing in the top 10, viewed by over 250 million people. All that at just 17.

After winning The X Factor in 2016, Isaiah buckled down and released his debut album, anchored by lead single, ‘It’s Gotta Be You.’ The song quickly found an international audience, with ‘It’s Gotta Be You’ now racking up more than 112 million streams, going double platinum in Sweden, gold in Norway and Australia. There’s no denying that Isaiah is on Fire.








Maylene Slater-Burns

Maylene Slater-Burns is an Aboriginal singer-songwriter, activist and community worker. She works to inspire conversations about identity and vulnerability. Her soft ballads are haunting, uplifting and thought-provoking.


Through her parents, Maylene is part of the Kamilaroi, Wiradjuri, Kuku Djungan, and Gangalidda Aboriginal Nations. The Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung lands are where she calls home. Maylene is a proud activist for Aboriginal self-determination and loudly calls for Federal Government reform over the treatment of First Nations people in Australia.













The Stray Blacks


The Stray Blacks are a Victorian Koorie community band who has been around for 25 years. Formed in 1989 by the late Alf Bamblett and Tony Lovett, the Stray Blacks have entertained audiences all over the place with their mix of music that is a blend of country, rock and reggae.


In the early 90s Stray Blacks set up their own residency at the John Curtin Hotel in Carlton. Sick of seeing black people booted out and banned from the city’s hotels and clubs, the band decided it was time to control their own gigs and create a place for the ‘mob’ to hang out and enjoy good company and good music. JC’s was an institution and a social hub for the broader community for many years.


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