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Mission Songs: Yirramboi Festival

  • Melbourne Town Hall 90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival is a citywide Blakout, gathering creative visionaries from across Victoria, Australia and around the world on the lands of the Kulin, Nairm. A ten day feast of arts and cultural events that honours the visions of yesterday and dreams forward into tomorrow.

Mission Songs will be showcasing at the Melbourne Town Hall, an incredible venue which they will make full use of, including the organ. Having spent the last two month touring the album throughout the east of Australia, Mission songs will come together for a performance of a lifetime. With the full band preparing and rehearsing for the weeks leading up to this performance this will be a show not to be missed.


About: Mission Songs

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.