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ILBIJERRI, Songlines and 3KND tonight announced the nine recipients of the 2012 Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts (VIPA) Awards over three categories: theatre, music and broadcasting at a celebration at  Wonderland Spiegeltent in the Docklands.

For the last 15 years, ILBIJERRI  has presented the VIPA Awards  to celebrate the outstanding achievements in the Indigenous performing arts across Victoria, which are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who live and work in Victoria.

Recipients of the 2012 VIPA Awards include:

Margaret Harvey - VIPA 2012 Uncle Bob Maza award presented by ILBIJERRI for significant contribution over a number of years.

Uraine Mastrosavas - VIPA 2012 Aunty Eleanor Harding memorial award presented by ILBIJERRI to encourage and support an emerging talent.

Jason Tamiru - VIPA 2012 Uncle Jack Charles award presented by ILBIJERRI for an outstanding achievement over the last 12 months and includes a $6,000 professional development scholarship supported by Arts Victoria.

Lee Morgan - VIPA 2012 contribution to the Victorian Indigenous music industry award presented by Songlines  for lifetime achievement.

Benny Walker - VIPA 2012 most promising act of the year award presented by Songlines to encourage and support an emerging talent.

Yung Warriors Standing Strong - VIPA 2012 song of year award presented by Songlines for recognising significant artistic success in the last 12 months.

Gary 'Gilla' McGuiness - VIPA 2012 services to broadcasting award presented by 3KND for lifetime achievement.

Janina Harding and Kim Kruger - VIPA 2012 broadcaster of the year award presented by 3KND for recognising outstanding achievement over the last 12 months.

Dylan Clarke - VIPA 2012 best new Victorian broadcaster award presented by 3KND to encourage and support an emerging talent.

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