This November, DJAARA is celebrating 10 years since the signing of the historic Recognition and Settlement Agreement (RSA) with the Victorian Government, on November 15 in Rosalind Park, Bendigo.

YAPENYA, from 11 to 18 November is an eight-day program of events and activities to celebrate and showcase Dja Dja Wurrung achievements over the past 10 years and a view to the future.

All of the events are in Bendigo but many local residents will want to celebrate with the traditional owners of our country.

Public events and activities include:

YAPENYA Art Exhibition 14-17 November

Dja Dja Wurrung artists will showcase their talent throughout the YAPENYA Celebrations with an Art Exhibition at Dudley House.

Come and see artworks by Kerri Douglas, Peta Hudson, Racquel Kerr, Daikota Nelson, Tamani Nicholls, Rebecca Phillips, Samantha Roberts, Maddy Saunders, Stephanie Taylor, Suzanne Taylor and more.

Dates: Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 November
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Dudley House, 60 View St, Bendigo

YAPENYA Twilight Market 16 November

YAPENYA Twilight Markets will feature Dja Dja Wurrung artworks, stalls, food trucks and yabby races. Come along and support local First Nations businesses.

Date: Thursday, 16 November 2023
Time: 2:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Dudley House (rear), 60 View St, Bendigo

Dja Dja Wurrung Group Showcase 13-17 Nov

Come and yarn with us at the marquee in Rosalind Park! Dja Dja Wurrung Group project teams will be present all week to show some of the deadly work currently underway within the Corporation and its enterprises. Check out the image displays, or come and play lawn games.

Date: Monday 13 – Friday 17 November
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Rosalind Park, Bendigo

Ulumbarra CBD Walking Tours – Mon, Tue, Fri

Experience the Ulumbarra CBD Walking Tour and uncover the rich cultural histories of Bendigo. Step into the city’s past, present, and future, and explore the living culture of Dja Dja Wurrung People. Witness the commitment to preserving Cultural Heritage, the surrounding significant sites, and the inspiring collaboration between the State Government and local First Nation Communities. Leave with a deeper appreciation of our unique history and unbreakable bond of community.

Available: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Time: 10:00 am – 2.00 pm
Location: Ulumbarra Theatre,10 Gaol Rd, Bendigo

DJAARA Lights 2021-2024

Experience the six seasons by Troy Firebrace and Drew Berick, with one of Bendigo’s most unique cultural activation experiences.

Learn more about Djaara Lights here.

Dates: Daily from 7 November 2021 – 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 11.00 pm
Location: Oscars Walk and Bath Lane precinct, Bendigo


This article is based on a media release from DJAARA, the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation.