Emma Donovan and The Putbacks head City of Port Phillip’s free Indigenous cultural festival for 2020
06.01.2020

Emma Donovan and The Putbacks head City of Port Phillip’s free Indigenous cultural festival for 2020

Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee looks to provide a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers and artists.

Returning this February, City of Port Phillip’s annual Indigenous cultural festival Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee has revealed its program for 2020.

Beloved vocalist Emma Donovan leads the lineup and is set to deliver a soulful performance with her band The Putbacks.

Joining Donovan and co., performances from ’80s outfit Coloured Stone, alt rockers Key Hoo and emerging artist Kee’ahn will keep live music lovers entertained throughout the day.

Rounding out the lineup, this year’s Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee will also bring John Wayne Parsons, Pirritu, The Struggling Kings, Benny Walker and Monica Karo to the stage.

Not only will the festival host an eclectic offering of live music, Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee will also feature dance and performance masterclasses, a cooking demo, and an educational bush animal workshop.

Shoppers can also take home some wares at the festival market, featuring stalls by Haus of Dizzy, Wanyara, Collectemall, Gammin Threads, Mara Metal Art and Yarn Strong Sista.

Loosely translating to ‘people, place, gathering’, Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee is a means of celebrating and showcasing Indigenous culture to the festival’s diverse audience.

“The 2020 Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee marks 15 years of exceptional Indigenous talent and proud sharing of culture, says City of Port Phillip Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss. “We’re very proud of this terrific line-up which offers something for everyone.”

Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee comes to O’Donnell Gardens, St Kilda on Saturday February 1. Find out more here