Sky Thomas & Rosie Kalina – Yirramboi Festival a First Nations Feast for the Soul

Episode 27

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Caroline Kell

Caroline Kell is a proud Mbarbrum women who was born and raised on Kulin Lands. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Blak Wattle Coaching and Consulting. Caroline is a Former Counsellor and Executive Director who is deeply passionate about the social emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In this episode, Caroline is joined by proud Gunnai, Kurnai, Yorta Yorta & Wiradjuri woman Sky Thomas, and Rosie Kalina, a proud Wemba Wemba & Gunditjmara woman. Both are two iconic and community minded First Nations creatives, providing Blak joy through music, art and expression!

Rosie is a highly regarded creative working in multiple artistic fields. She works in visual arts and curating, she specialises in makeup artistry, community arts work and producing.  She is this years Creative Associate for YIRRAMBOI.

And Sky has a history in the creative industries, community engagement and events production – and she’s implementing all that she’s digested over the years into her new role of Music Producer at YIRRAMBOI.

Returning for its 4th Iteration, YIRRAMBOI will run from the 4 – 14 May 2023. It will again invite audiences to immerse themselves in Blak stories- our truth, our way. YIRRAMBOI means ‘tomorrow’ in both the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung peoples language. It will celebrate the interconnectedness and diversity of First Nations creatives, both locally and globally, through a 10-day celebration of various artistic expressions that showcase the resilience and evolutionary practices of First Nations people.

During this episode, Sky and Rosie offer insights into what people can expect at this year’s event, which includes a vast array of immersive experience with a ‘post apocalyptic theme’ – such as music, dance, drag, visual arts, fashion and so much more!

We yarn about Rosie’s and Sky family which have inspired their artistic joy and abilities,  yarn some of their favourite and upcoming creatives, and of course, why Blak spaces that ooze Blak love and joy are needed.

Naarm/Melbourne, are you ready to feel the hum of Country beneath. Will you hear it? To find out more information about YIRRAMBOI, check out the website here.

To keep up to date with Rosie, be sure to follow on Instagram here.

To keep up to date with Sky, be sure to follow on Instagram here.

To find out more information about Yirramboi, check out the website here.

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Follow Caroline on Instagram @blak_wattle_coaching and learn more about working with Caroline here!

We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s First Peoples’ who have never ceded their sovereignty. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nation where the podcast was taped. We pay our deepest respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and Elders past, present and emerging.

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Yarning Up with Caroline KellEpisode 27