Reflections from Yabun 2016
Tuesday 2 February 2016
Although we were met with miserable weather that morning, TAI members Emma, Siobhan and Lola were hugely excited to set up for the annual Yabun Festival. Before too long the sun shone down brightly on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people as thousands gathered at Victoria Park, Camperdown to begin this annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
It was a great day amongst a vibrant program of arts, dance, music and speakers. From inside our booth we were privileged to connect with stakeholders and community members while sharing knowledge of what programs TAI currently have on offer.
It was incredible to see the level of interest in TAI: in particular on International Scholarships and Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour, the Aurora Internship program, Indigenous Scholarships website and Single Scholarship Application Project currently in the works.
We are honoured to have had a chance for such direct community engagement and feedback from our stakeholders and look forward to participating in more events such as these in the future.
Gadigal Information Service CEO, Jodie Choolburra, said the 2016 Yabun Festival marked a new milestone for the event in terms of community support and engagement, also highlighting the high numbers of non-Indigenous people who attended:
“We had over 100 stalls at this year’s Yabun Festival, including many important community organisations, we had over 90 volunteers give their time and effort to make the event the success that it was, we also enjoyed one of our biggest crowds in event history ( over 15 000 people gathered at Victoria Park in Camperdown, Sydney, on January 26, 2016) and it was fantastic to see so many Australians, of all backgrounds, meeting, having a good time and celebrating Aboriginal culture and identity in a spirit of unity and respect.” (source Yabun website)