Six ground-breaking works from eight First Peoples storytellers as part of the 5th biennial Yellamundie Festival.

Posted on: 3/1/2021 6:00PM

Moogahlin Performing Arts together with Sydney Festival and Carriageworks will present six ground-breaking works from eight First Peoples storytellers as part of the 5th biennial Yellamundie Festival.


Yellamundie is a Darug word meaning “storyteller”, and from 22-24 January 2021 for just $15, Sydneysiders can be the first to see brand-new developmental works and discover new First Peoples talent, from cutting-edge voices around the country.


Aidan Rowlingson, a Butchulla and Kabi Kabi man from South-Eastern Queensland; Dalara Williams, a Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri woman from the NSW Mid-North Coast; Shana O’Brien, a Darkinjung woman from the NSW Central Coast;  Sermsah Bin Saad, a Nyikina man from the West Kimberley Region; Troy Russell, a Biripi and Gamilaroi man from Taree and New England; Brad Steadman, a Ngemba man from North-West NSW; Brad Hardy, a Yalarai man from North-West NSW; and Mark Ross, a Jardwadjali man from the Grampians Region in Victoria, will tell their stories through plays, movement, sound and an engaging Meet the Artists Session. A series of panels will also be announced in January 2021.


Yellamundie Festival Director, Lily Shearer said, “It is an honour to serve as the new Artistic Director of Yellamundie Festival. In 2021, the Festival celebrates ancient mediums of First Peoples storytelling, expanding to feature music and dance-based programming for the first time in its history.


Each work will undergo two weeks of Development Workshops, before being presented over the three days of public showings, yarns and events at Carriageworks in Sydney.


Yellamundie Festival is the only Festival in Australia to identify, develop, and present new First Peoples stories for stage and has seen ten featured works go on to full production in Australia.


Full program of live talks to be announced in January 2021, further information and tickets available at:



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