Photos: Charlotte Harre-Temby and Winston Hubert.

Earlier this month, Ceduna held its second annual Yabaardu Festival to celebrate the culture and talents of First Nations communities, with EyrePlus in full support as a major sponsor.  

On Wednesday 12th July, over 2000 Ceduna locals and tourists gathered at the Far West Aboriginal Sporting Complex to enjoy an incredible free event. Over just one day, Yabaardu Festival held an action-packed schedule, starting from midday and running into the evening. Just some of the activities on offer included rides, community stands, food vendors, live music and kids’ entertainment.

Yabaardu Festival featured an impressive lineup of First Nations artists performing live music for the crowd. In attendance were a collection of local South Australian musicians such as Dem Mob, Tilly Tjala Thomas and DJ Mozzi, to name a few, along with the legendary King Stingray from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, who headlined the Yabaardu Festival.

Jessica, EyrePlus Job Placement Team Leader, shared her experience attending the Yabaardu Festival:  

“The Yabaardu Festival was such an awesome family-friendly and fun event for all to attend. Services across the community provided entertainment, information stalls, and thoughtful activities to entertain all ages. This ranged from free show rides to storytelling and cupcake decorating, and live music throughout the whole day. Businesses from across Ceduna provided free food and drinks, barber services, beauty services and much more.

The lineup of local music talents of the Far West Coast region included Bugi Weaver, and duo Charlotte Harre-Temby and Winston Hubert as my personal favourites. The headline act made it such a special day, with King Stingray captivating the entire crowd with their performance. It was great to see the community come together and offer such a great free festival for Yabaardu (everyone) to enjoy!”

The intention behind this new music festival is to create a free recurring event that brings together the community of Ceduna, the Eyre Peninsula and the Far West Region. The word ‘Yabaardu’ comes from Wirangu language and means ‘together’ or ‘everyone’, which perfectly represents the organisers’ intent to create the festival with a local community approach in mind.

Yabaardu Festival 2023 brought together the expertise of South Australian industry locals wanting to embrace a spirit of celebration for First Nations culture. This celebration of culture extends to the people behind the action as well as in front of it, with photographers, sound engineers, managers and MCs all getting the opportunity to represent their individual First Nations identities.

Yabaardu Festival is all about building community spirit and supporting the next generation of First Nations musicians, and EyrePlus was proud to be an official major sponsor in this up-and-coming event for Ceduna. As this event grows, EyrePlus looks forward to following its journey and continuing to support the opportunities available to local Ceduna businesses and talent.