Call Out for new Aboriginal Arts & Culture Festival

Friday 11 March 2022

Djirri Djirri Dance Group at Smith Street Dreaming, 2019. Four dancers facing a crowd of people. The dancers are wearing black with fur elements.
Djirri Djirri Dance Group, Smith Street Dreaming 2019. Photo by James Henry.

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures are at the heart of Yarra City Council.

Australia is home to the oldest continuing living culture in the entire world. We respect and embrace Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and heritage.

Yarra City Council is creating a new festival to celebrate the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and arts, in June 2022.

The festival will include long standing feature events such as Smith Street Dreaming, provide opportunities to bring projects that are in progress under the festival umbrella and invite the community to develop and present new projects across all artforms.

We invite artists, producers, and promoters to submit an EOI to be a part of this new festival.

The commissioning of this pilot festival is made possible with the extraordinary funding from the Victorian Government under the Rapid Activation Program to support the community to recover the city’s vibrancy arising from COVID-19.

Application information


Applicants can apply for grants of up to $5,000 or up to $20,000.

Who can apply

Applicants can be individual artists, collectives or organisations.

What is eligible

  • Projects that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists
  • Projects in any artform
  • The work may be new work or existing work previously shown
  • The project outcome must happen within the City of Yarra during the festival period
  • Outcomes may be free events or ticketed.

Application assessment

The applications will be assessed by the Festival Advisory panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creative industry experts.

Applications will be assessed on:

  • Creative strength of the project
  • Ability to deliver the project
  • Budget
  • Relevance to Yarra.

How to apply

Complete the application form here


Applications close 11:59pm Sunday 10 April
Applicants notified of application outcome Friday 29 April.

Apply now


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