YIRRAMBOI means tomorrow in the shared languages of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations.

YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival is a ten day feast of arts and events showcasing the diversity and individuality of First Nations artists leading 21st Century contemporary arts practice.

Rise, Unite and be Inspired!

Message on behalf of

The Elder’s Council of the Kulin Nations

Wominjeka mirambeek biik Boon Wurrung Nairm derp bordupren uther willam

Wominjeka Wurundjeri baluk yearman gondi bik

Wominjeka gabi nganyinu biik Kulin biik

Womin djeka bagurrk ba guleeny miram biik biik Koolin biik nairm derp borupton utter weelam

As Elders of the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung and Dja Dja Wurrung, we welcome you to the lands of the Kulin.

We bring our knowledge and traditions to the creation of YIRRAMBOI and we look forward to sharing our culture, language and history with everyone.

We are proud to have so many different Nations visit us and to share their cultures.

We hope the experiences you have here with us, remain with you forever.

Whilst you are here, in this beautiful City of Melbourne, please make yourselves aware of the painful struggles our people have been through over the many years since colonisation.

Now that you are here, you too can celebrate our survival with us

Wukak Dhelkupp Murrupu

Images: [L-R] N’Arweet Carolyn Briggs, Aunty Di Kerr and Aunty Zeta Thomson

Message from

The Lord Mayor

YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival brings to Melbourne a concentration of creative power from across the nation and around the world.

A gathering on the lands of the Kulin Nation, YIRRAMBOI means ‘tomorrow’ in the shared languages of Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung.

Melbourne will experience a city wide ‘blakout’ across the 10 days of the Festival, as First Nations visionaries bring dance, music, visual art, film and discussions to our laneways, art spaces and public places.

YIRRAMBOI will present more than 60 events, for all ages and interests, with many of them free.

Highlights include Weelam Ngalut (our place) at the Meat Market featuring a program of contemporary arts and Tooronga Baban Nganjin (New Mums Ceremony) on Mother’s Day: a traditional welcome ceremony for bubs aged newborn to two years.

The City Of Melbourne, supported by Creative Victoria, is pleased to introduce YIRRAMBOI in collaboration with the Elders Council of Kulin Nations people.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle

Message from

The Minister for Creative Industries

Victoria is the proud home of the world’s oldest continuing culture. This is what YIRRAMBOI is about – a ground breaking festival that showcases how First Nations people the world over are sharing their culture and stories in exhilarating, contemporary ways.

This program brings Indigenous artists and Elders from across the globe together with Victoria’s flagship cultural institutions and creative organisations. It’s a chance to experience something new, and also an important platform for knowledge sharing and exchange.

The Victorian Government is a proud partner of YIRRAMBOI – it’s a celebration of today that will forge a new tomorrow for artists, and art lovers, of all cultures.

Martin Foley Minister for Creative Industries

Message from

The Creative Director

Our footprints, Our bones, Our blood
Carry the histories and hopes
Of generations that walked before us
A long line of leadership that strived and fought
And dreamed of better futures
One, which we inhabit today
We cannot change the events of yesterday
We can rise and unite, because of it
We can light the path, in honour of it
We can dream forward into the future, inspired by it
Yesterday is always here, always with us
Tomorrow is ever changing
And the promise of things to come
Welcome to YIRRAMBOI

Jacob Boehme

Presented by

Government Partners


YIRRAMBOI Elders Council

N’Arweet Carolyn Briggs, Aunty Fay Carter, Aunty Di Kerr, Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir, Uncle Larry Walsh



  • Creative Director – Jacob Boehme
  • Executive Producer – Veronica Bolzon
  • Producer – Olivia Allen
  • Producer – Naretha Williams
  • Producer – Lisa Maza
  • Project Manager – Damienne Pradier 
  • Language Consultants – Aunty Fay Stewart Muir & Mandy Nicholson
  • Publicist – Prue Bassett Publicity
  • Marketing Coordinator – Anna Jacobs
  • Communications Coordinator – Bryan Andy
  • Festival Administrator – Katherine Blume
  • Travel Coordinator – Robyn Simpson
  • Audience Engagement Strategy – Jirra Harvey, Kalinya Communications
  • Website & Graphic Design Letterbox


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YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival is a citywide Blakout, gathering creative visionaries from across Victoria, Australia and around the world on the lands of the Kulin, Nairm. A ten day feast of arts and cultural events that honours the visions of yesterday and dreams forward into tomorrow.

YIRRAMBOI means ‘tomorrow’ in the shared languages of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations.

What is Weelam Ngalut?

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YIRRAMBOI makes the Meat Market its home and festival hub of First Nation’s live performance. A celebration of Indigenous leadership in the arts and our vision for the future of what an Indigenous-led contemporary arts venue can be. Offering a dynamic mix of contemporary dance, circus, experimental and participatory theatre, from around Aus, New Zealand, Canada, Wales and Zimbabwe, the Program features works that are conceived, choreographed, curated, written and directed by First Nation artist.

How do I get involved?

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There are several ways to get involved with YIRRAMBOI, which you can check out the Opportunities page.

Can anyone attend YIRRAMBOI?

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YIRRAMBOI is an inclusive ten-day festival for all to enjoy, showcasing Aboriginal artists and performers in Melbourne’s laneways, public spaces and arts venues . A festival like no other, a consideration of our collective past, and an assertion of a proud, vibrant, inclusive tomorrow.

How do I purchase tickets?

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The program includes a range of different types of shows including ticketed, free and free but with registration required. Please check the information on the individual program pages to see whether you need to purchase tickets, register or if you can just turn up on the day

What is the Elder's Comfort Program

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All shows in the Weelum Ngalut program are included in the Elder's Comfort Program, which includes Elders/Seniors tickets for $10, venue staff who have been briefed on cultural protocols, assigned parking and drop off points, priority seating, a lounge with tea and coffee and more. For more info see the Elder's Comfort Program page.

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