YIRRAMBOI (Tomorrow) First Nations Arts Festival 5-14 May

VACCA staff and youth will join leading artists in the ten day First Nations Festival, YIRRAMBOI, taking place in Melbourne next week. YIRRAMBOI means tomorrow in the shared languages of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. The Festival will showcase the diversity and individuality of First Nations artists.

19 year old Tia Rachelle Smith-Goode, a member of VACCA’s Art Collective, will be participating in TOORONGA BABAN NGANJIN, with fellow participants in the collective and running cultural activities at the new mums’ ceremony on the 14th. Tia got involved in the VACCA program because it presented an opportunity to be “connected to culture, and meet new people and learning new things.” As for what she’s most looking forward to at YIRRAMBOI? “Seeing all the BABIES!” of course.

BARRING YANABUL, on Saturday the 13th of May is a treasure hunt of fun, experimental and interactive arts and culture from First Nations artists. A map will guide participants around the city, through streets, laneways and hidden places. As they explore they will see VACCA’s Art Mentoring Program participants who’ll be taking over Royal Lane, off Little Collins St for the day, with their art installation Totem Now which includes paste ups and stencils of the young people’s totem and spirit animals. Also on the 13th The Koorie Tiddas Choir will be performing at the RMIT Alumni Courtyard at 12.45pm.

On Sunday 14th May  TOORONGA BABAN NGANJIN, co-produced with VACCA, will take place on the banks of the Birrarung (Yarra River), where members of the YIRRAMBOI elder’s council will welcome bubs (0-24mths) and their carers onto country in a traditional Kulin ceremony. Babies will receive their first possum skin pelt, symbol of their role as future protectors of Kulin country. This will be followed by cultural activities run by members of our Art Collective for children and parents featuring ochre painting, natural jewellery making and making possum skin arm bands. Mum and their bubs will get photos of them wrapped in possum skin cloaks.

VACCA’s Art Collective will also have a stall at the Koorie Makers Market this Sunday 7th May at Bunjilaka, so don’t forget to head down and check out their creations.

All details and a full program can be found online at http://yirramboi.net.au, it would be great to see all VACCA staff supporting this unique, community driven event