A new annual event on the Darebin calendar, this special day recognises and celebrates First Nations peoples and the wider Darebin community.
The dynamic First Nations program, co-designed by the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee, will feature a Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Welcome Ceremony with performances by the Djirri Djirri Dance Group and local primary school students, followed by a live music program headlined by Isaiah Firebrace.
The event was conceived in response to Darebin Council’s commitment to respecting and celebrating First Nations People, and engaging with Darebin's diverse community, including established and newly arrived communities, to raise community awareness and understanding.
Wattle Day, 1 September, was suggested by the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee as a suitable day to hold the inaugural event as it conjures the optimism, colour and abundance of spring, as well as Australia’s environment and history. The first celebration of Wattle Day in Melbourne was held on 1 September 1910.
The host for the event is Uncle Jack Charles.
Opening Ceremony - Darebin Arts Centre
All Darebin residents, old and new, are invited to be officially welcomed onto Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung country.
12.00pm Opening Performance
12.20pm Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Welcome Ceremony with Uncle Bill Nicholson and Djirri Djirri Dance Group
A chance to share your own story and meet other Darebin residents. Featuring a live music program, food stalls and face painting.
Following the Opening Ceremony, these Celebratory activities below will take place in the Ray Bramham Gardens (directly behind the Darebin Arts Centre), weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the full program of events will take place inside the Darebin Arts Centre.
1.20pm ‘Spirit’ performance by Isaiah Firebrace with local primary school students
1.30pm Brothers in Arms
2.45pm Isaiah Firebrace & Band
Isaiah Firebrace school workshops and performance
Young vocal prodigy, Isaiah Firebrace is now one of Australia’s most successful artists. He won The X Factor in 2016 at just 17 years old, was signed to Sony Music and in 2017 represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing ninth. His debut single ‘It’s Gotta Be You’ was the highest streaming song of any Australian artist in 2018.
As part of his national ‘Spirit and Beyond’ tour and leading up to Ngulu Nganjin, Isaiah will run workshops entitled ‘Beyond’ with eight Darebin primary schools. In the workshops, Isaiah will talk about his journey and how he overcame diversity to reach his dream. Students will also learn Isaiah’s new single ‘Spirit’, which will then be performed by the students alongside Isaiah at Ngulu Nganjin.
Want to get involved? Download the ‘Spirit’ lyrics and sing along on the day!
This event is for the entire Darebin community.
Read more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Darebin here.
Sunday 1 September 2019
12.00pm to 3.30pm
Darebin Arts Centre and Ray Bramham Gardens — corner Bell Street and St Georges Road, Preston
Transport: Bell Station or Bus 513. On-site parking available.
Entry is free.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
View the event flyer.