Adelaide, South Australia
The Spirit Festival is South Australia's premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Cultural Festival. With more than 100 dancers and singers from across the country, the festival presents a vibrant celebration of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, art, dance and music. A smoking ceremony is performed to welcome all visitors to Palti Yerta (dance ground) in Kaurna country, the traditional owners of the land on which the event is held. The Spirit Festival is a special event of great beauty and cultural significance.
Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with a diverse range of events including traditional and contemporary Indigenous theatre, screen, dance, cabaret, visual art, spoken word, opera and conversation. National established and upcoming performers attend the eleven day festival which attracts a national audience who are invited to check out its wide range of arts events. Events include Koorioboree, a cultural dance gathering and Aboriginal Heritage Walks that give an insight into the Wurundjeri, Boonerwrung, Taungurong, Djajawurrung and the Wathaurung that make up the Kulin Nation.
Sydney, New South Wales
Homeground, which was formerly known as Message Sticks, is an annual multi-arts held at the Sydney Opera House, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. It features song, dance, film, discussion and art, fusing contemporary and traditional cultural art forms. Now in its 13th year, the festival is held on the lands of the Gadigal Peoples, at one of the great meeting places, Bennelong Point. Previous festival highlights have included Dancestry - a free modern day corroboree held during sunset.
*Culled from www.australia.com