Anti-Discrimination NSW


ADB celebrated Yabun Festival 2016

Publication date: Thursday, 28 January 2016

yabun2016_felicity_web.jpgOn Tuesday, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people at Victoria Park in Sydney's Camperdown, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) participated in Yabun Festival.

Yabun Festival is Australia's largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and has been held on 26 January each year since 2002. The festival is free of charge and features a vibrant program of arts, dance, music, oration and panel discussion.

The ADB has attended Yabun since the very beginning. Team Leader Felicity Huntington said that the festival is a great opportunity to let Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities know about their rights – and responsibilities – under anti-discrimination law in NSW.

Picture 1: ADB Team Leader Felicity Huntington and Department of Fair Trading staff at Yabun Festival

While some people don't like to discuss their problems in detail at the time, many people come for a chat, pick up some information and follow up with the ADB enquiry service afterwards. Questions about problems in the workplace and with service providers are among the most prevalent over the course of the day.

The stall at Yabun is an effective way of getting information about the ADB's services out to the community. Teachers from schools, universities and TAFEs are frequent visitors to the ADB stand, picking up information for their students. Ms Huntington said that networking with other service providers and providing them with up-to-date anti-discrimination information is an important part of the ADB's presence each year. In 2016 ADB shared their stall with NSW Fair Trading.

Picture 2: ADB staff at Yabun Festival stall

The festival attracts up to 25,000 people and Ms Huntington has noticed the crowd evolving over the almost 15 years that the ADB has attended. "Yabun has become more family oriented over the past few years and the mix of cultures in the crowd has changed too. People from many backgrounds attend the event and it's such a positive, inclusive festival."​

Picture 3: Aboriginal dance at Yabun Festival

Yabun, which means 'music to a beat' in Gadigal language, was first held in Waverley in 2002, before moving to the current location in Camperdown.​

Article Source: Department of Justice Intranet​​

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