The Yellamundie Festival is a biennial celebration and national and international platform for new and distinct First Peoples’ stories and voices across the performing arts. Since its inception in 2013, the festival has become an international showcase for First Peoples talent. From a national call for submissions, six new works will undergo two weeks of development and are presented in a three-day festival of public showings, yaans and events in Sydney. The Yellamundie Festival showcases a range of live performance art forms, providing development opportunities for playwrights, composers and movement directors.

Presented by Moogahlin Performing Arts, in association with Carriageworks & APAM, Yellamundie Festival takes its name from the Darug word for storyteller.

Thu 28 Sep, 6.30pm
Healing Scars by Warren Mason (Composition & Movement)
Bush Medicine Magic by Peta Strachan (Movement)

Fri 29 Sep, 6.30pm
WHAT IS WRONG WITH US? by Michael Weir (Writing for Stage & Composition)
Post event Q&A

Sat 30 Sep, 11.00am
Dramaturgy in Dance! – A First Peoples Perspective
Facilitated by Tammi Gissell BA, PTP (Hons)
Free | Registrations Essential

Sat 30 Sep, 6.30pm
Watersong by Shannon Jensen (Writing for Stage)
A Wake – A Woke Mob by Maurial Spearim (Writing for Stage)

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Audiences are warned that some performances contain audio and names of deceased people, as well as themes of death, suicide and sorry business, intergenerational trauma, sexual assault, deaths in custody and police brutality, as well as coarse language.

Should you find any of these themes distressing, help and support are available at Lifeline 131 114, Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or 13YARN 13 92 76.

Presented by Moogahlin Performing Arts at Carriageworks and supported by Create NSW and City of Sydney.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.


Kyle Morrison, Ari Maza Long, James Boyd, Abbie-Lee Lewis, Phoebe Grainer, Yella2021 Reading The Lookout by Dalara Williams. Image by Jamie James.

A black and white image of a man wearing a wide brimmed hat smiling with his arms crossed
Healing Scars by Warren Mason 

Healing Scars is a collaboration with Elder dancers to create a story of who we are and where we come from, Healing Scars crosses a number of generations of injustice of First Nations Peoples since colonisation. Stories are told through dance, sound design and language telling the tough stories for this country to move forward.

Bush Medicine Magic by Peta Strachan 

An abstract dance piece about the power of mother earth's medicines, all different elements that come together to make bush medicine magic and healing energy. Elemental Law. Healing and comforting energy that radiates beams of light out of our healing stones, native flowers, ochre, the power of mother earth's medicines come together removing darkness into light.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH US? by Michael Weir 

Influenced by urban hip hop culture and mixed mediums incorporating motion graphics, spoken word sharing the stories of pain and hardship experienced by the oppressed experiences of grief suffered over multiple generations of our First Nations people. This story paints a clear picture of how trauma and grief we continue to hold back and oppress with hopes to contribute to this awakening with an alternative narrative.


EULOGY is an exploration of corporate commodification, class, socialism, population crisis, land rights, retribution, redemption, crime and punishment in the realms of the afterlife. A satirical, slap-stick, black-comedy about life, death and funeral insurance. Exploiting pop/cult-culture tropes like the Goonies, BeetleJuice, and Scoobie Doo, creating a chaotic and magical world of unexpected and familiar characters that will equally shock and delight. Created by Kamarra Bell-Wykes & Carly Sheppard with Alexis West.

Watersong by Shannon Jensen 

With the return of Lynette after a 15 year absence. Watersong focuses on the relationship between three women in the Joinbee family. The women must come together for the grandmother's final days - unearthing the family secret that separated them and cut off their connection to the long line of water women connected to the water and spirits who once dwelled in the rivers of their country that came long before.

A Wake – A Woke Mob by Maurial Spearim 

A dark witty comedy of eras that strips away the facade of grief when the Patriarch passes away in a small country town. Families butt heads, old wounds are opened. Can family and community let their walls down to heal and rebuild after the dust settles. (Part one of a three part series of plays)