Yapenya will celebrate Dja Dja Wurrung culture.

A YEAR-LONG celebration of culture in central Victoria has been launched with the Regional Centre for Culture program kicking off in Bendigo.

The program is delivered through Creative Victoria in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, and will take in regional centres such as Bendigo, Daylesford, Clunes, Castlemaine, Maldon and Maryborough.

During the opening, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans chief executive Rodney Carter announced the creation of Yapenya, a major new performance ceremony to be undertaken by the Jaara people.

“Through bloodline and kinship, Dja Dja Wurrung are the people belonging to the heart of Victoria,” Mr Carter said.

“Yapenya will look to our past and our future as we commemorate five years since the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation signed their Recognition Settlement Agreement with the state government.”

More than 1000 events will be presented across the year-long Regional Centre for Culture program which is divided into themes that align with the six seasonal times observed by the Dja Dja Wurrung people.