YIRRAMBOI 2021 Commissions Close April 27

Expressions of Interest for YIRRAMBOI Commissions for First Nations artists, collectives and creative community groups interested in creating commissioned work for the 2021 YIRRAMBOI Festival are closing April 27. 

With up to $18,000 grant for each project on offer, YIRRAMBOI, Australia’s premier First Nations Festival, is looking for five inspiring First Nations creatives keen to take part in the 2021 YIRRAMBOI Festival which runs from 6-16 May.

In 2019, YIRRAMBOI commissioned four live performances by First Nations creatives, including the sold out shows Daddy by Joel Bray and Night River by Mark Coles Smith; Blood Quantum a dance piece by Ngioka Bunda-Heath; and The Honouring by actor Jack Sheppard. YIRAAMBOI is committed to supporting more rising creatives in the community to present stories that provide the authority to determine ‘our narratives, presented our way’.

YIRRAMBOI Creative Director Caroline Martin said the YIRRAMBOI Commissions place ‘First Nations First’ at the Festival.

 “While the cultures belong to First Peoples, it is our shared history, and our chance to create the vision for the future.”

“Through the YIRRAMBOI Commissions we will provide direct support, resources and advice to emerging and mid-career creatives with First Nations backgrounds to create, develop and present new works at the Festival.”

“YIRRAMBOI is about celebrating all generations of First Nations creatives and we’re excited to hear from our First Nations community,” Caroline Martin said.

Applications are sought across all artistic genres, with projects suitable for presentation in a performance venue in Melbourne.

Eligible applicants must identify as First Nations, be a practising artist, arts ensemble or organisation with demonstrated experience applicable to their proposed performance, and be based in Victoria.

Applications close on Monday 27 April. For more information on the YIRRAMBOI Commissions, visit the YIRRAMBOI website or contact YIRRAMBOI’s Development Producer J-Maine Beezley via 0430 739 420 or [email protected].

Image credits: Night River by Mark Coles Smith, YIRRAMBOI Festival 2019.