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Yellamundie Festival 2021

Joining forces with Sydney Festival for 2021, this biennial festival gives you the opportunity to watch performances from First Nations storytellers.
By Ben Hansen
January 22, 2021
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By Ben Hansen
January 22, 2021
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Yellamundie Festival is a biennial celebration of First Nations peoples' storytelling. In the past, it has focused primarily on playwriting, however, for its fifth edition, the festival is expanding to include dance and music for the first time.

Presented by Moogahlin Performing Arts in collaboration with Carriageworks and Sydney Festival, this year's program features four cutting-edge First Nations performances as well as two live-panel discussions. Two virtual performances originally set to be part of the lineup will also take place later in the year, as the interstate artists couldn't make it due to current border restrictions.

On Friday, January 22, you'll be able to see brand-new works from some of the country's most exciting upcoming talents for just $15. Dalara Williams of Black Comedy will present a play about a man seeking solitude at his favourite lookout and Shana O'Brien will examine the emotional connection to ancestry through choreography in her performance Waterholes.

On Saturday, January 23, Troy Russell will explore love and loss as seen through the eyes of a couple, while Mark Ross and Brad Steadman will present a multi-disciplinary work that tells stories from the land and the river using traditional language, music and animation.

Two live-panel discussions will take place on Saturday. One showcasing the voices of this year's festival, while the second is the free Yawarra (Dramaturgy) International First Nations Panel featuring renowned voices of First Nations theatre practitioners from Australia, Aotearoa and Turtle Island.

All the performances and panels will take place at Carriageworks and are available to live stream from your home via Syd Fest At Home.

Images: Yellamundie Festival by Rachel Main and Jamie James

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