What a day it was as First Nations Artists, musicians, performers, elders and community showed up to Songlines 20th celebration of, Share the Spirit festival 2023 held at The Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Naraam.
Share the Spirit is a community-based festival that celebrates the survival of First Nations peoples in Australia held on 26 January – Survival Day.
Artists like Dan Sultan, Bumpy, Charlie Campbell, Jess Hitchcock, Djirri Djirri Dancers, Doe Eyes, Gavin Somers, Jayden Lillyst & Aaron Morgan, Kaylani, Kool Mist, Maylene Yinarr, Meriki Hood, Monica Karo, Stray Blacks, The Yappera Kids and Yambra entertained community mob for over 8 hours.
3KND were there providing a live to air broadcast around the country to many who were unable to attend in person. This event focused on the stories and songs to bring about a healing experience necessary for the pain and institutionalised trauma that Jan.26th creates each year.
Created by Songlines Aboriginal Music in 2003, Share the Spirit is an important cultural gathering for local and regional communities. It presents a reminder to all Australians that despite the many great accomplishments Australia has achieved as a nation, Nationhood has come at a cost to the country’s First Nations peoples.
The festival is a diverse showcase of First Nations music, art, craft and culture. For 2023, the theme is Continuum: Those Who Tell Their Story In Song.
The stellar line-up is led by multi ARIA Award-winner
Over the years the Share the Spirit Festival has provided many opportunities for artists and community both cultural and economic including traditional dance groups, craft & cultural workshops, cultural activities for children and hip hop workshops for teens and art market stalls. The exposure for local Victorian artists Archie Roach, Tiddas, Kutcha Edwards, Joe Geia, Bart Willoughby, Yung Warriors, Dan Sultan, Benny Walker, Emma Donovan, Philly have all headlined Share the Spirit.