Victoria Park Pool

Yabun Festival

Yabun Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australia.

Sun, 8 Jan 2023,
posted by City of Sydney

Yabun Festival is the largest one-day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, held annually on 26th of January upon the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney (within Victoria Park, Camperdown).

Yabun brings everyone together in an inclusive and friendly environment with live music, a corroboree ground and a speak out tent there are many opportunities for people to get involved, be connected, and informed. There will also be bustling market stalls, meet and greet with local artists and the opportunity to purchase genuine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks and crafts.

Previous years have seen attendance at the festival reach 40,000+ and attendance into the pool alone has seen 2,000+ people through the centre. To celebrate the event, Victoria Park Pool are offering free entry to under 10’s on the day.

Victoria Park Pool will experience increased patronage through Victoria Park Pool, and availability for lap swimming will be limited across the day. We encourage the use of other City of Sydney pools for lap swimmers on this day.

Availability of parking will also be limited, including the accessible spaces adjacent to the centre.

The festival began bumping in on Sunday 22 January, and will continue till Wednesday 25 January, however, access to the pool should not be impacted during this period. Victoria Park Pool will remain open during the bump in and out periods, as will the parking area located within the park for pool users.

Festival info

Yabun Festival will take place on Thursday 26 January, from 10am to 7pm. Amplified sound will be heard during this period.

Yabun (“Music to a beat” in Gadigal language), is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander festival that celebrates traditional and modern cultures.

This year’s theme is ‘Resist Invasion, Celebrate Survival, Continue Culture’ which pays homage to ancestors, elders and allowing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this Country to continue practicing culture for future generations”.

For more information about the event visit, or call 02 9384 4000.

Event hotline number: 0458 174 526