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Celebrating First Australians

Friday January 22, 2016


Do you live in Sydney and want to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures on Australia Day? Then head to theĀ Yabun Festival at Victoria Park.

We will have a Red Cross stall there as part of the celebrations.

The Gadigal people host the Yabun Festival, one of the largest one-day celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the country.

The Sydney event held annually on January 26, features music, dance, song, art and sport from the world's oldest living cultures, First Australian peoples.

Red Cross will join the celebrations, hosting a stall. If you would like to know more about our work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Red Cross programs in NSW and the rewards of being a member or volunteer, come down and visit us. The festival will start at 10am with a Welcome to Country onto Gadigal Land followed by the Kevin Cook Lecture. Members of the First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) will deliver this year's address speaking about the need for greater support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a disability.

The annual Lecture honours Kevin Cook and his work around Aboriginal rights including land rights over the past 50 years.

Our Red Cross team are honoured to be part of this year's event to experience the sights and sounds of the festival and hear some of Australia's most influential artists like Bart Willoughby, Radical Son and Leah Flanagan.

The Yabun Festival is just one of many gatherings around Australia to celebrate the resilience and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

Attending the festival is part of Red Cross's commitment to reconciliation and we encourage our staff, members and volunteers to participate in events like Yabun to learn more about historical and contemporary issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.