Survival Day Events

Here's a summary of Survival Day events happening around Australia on January 26, 2021.

As anticipated to keep all of us safe from the spread of Covid 19 most events have been modified with Covid safe plans, per each State or Terrirtory rules. Check the specific events for the details and remember to physically distance, regularly use hand santiser, stay at home if you have any symptoms and use a mask if required.

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Balit Nurran (Share the Spirit Festival) - Myer Music Bowl: 12.00 PM. Created by Songlines the festival showcases diverse styles of music by Indigenous artists: 12-7PM. Normally in Treasury Gardens this year the event will be ticketed, but it's still free with all welcome.

Belgrave Survival Day - Cameo Cinema, Belgrave. 6.30-9PM Usually, one of the state’s largest Survival day events, this year the event includes music by Uncle Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie followed by an advanced screening of 'Higher Ground'. 

Invasion Day Dawn Service - Kings Domain Resting Place: 5:30-6:30AM

Survival Day Dawn Ceremony Ballarat - View Point, Lake Wendouree: 5:30-6:30AM - LIVE STREAMED The Dawn service commemorates Sovereign First Peoples who fought in the frontier wars and those who died in widespread massacres across Australia during colonisation, which began on January 26, 1788.


Yabun Festival - Usally a big celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and First Nations' music in Victoria Park, this year the event will be livestreamed to the general public from 3 isolated venues, and limited ticket giveaways will be announced throughout the week on Koori Radio 93.7FM

Saltwater Freshwater Festival - Woromi Country (Forster): Unfortunalely this regular Survival Day event won't run this year.

WugulOra Morning Ceremony - Wilumi Lawns at Barangaroo / Broadcast by ABC TV 7:45-8:30AM: Rise with the sun and celebrate the world’s oldest living culture with a smoking ceremony, dancers and singers. Watch at home on ABC TV or iview. 

Celebration of the Survival of Indigenous Cultures - Apex Park, Byron Bay: 11AM-3PM.

Barragga Bay Survival Day 2021 - Four Winds, Barragga: 11AM-4PM: Barragga Bay Survival Day 2021 is a day we can all come together and learn about the past and celebrate the survival of First Nations Culture so come join us for some great music, speakers, food and dancing.


Tandanya Survival Day 2021 - Live concert and community day at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institue in Adelaide. SOLD OUT

Australia Day Smoking Ceremony Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla, Adelaide. SOLD OUT


Birak Concert - Supreme Court Gardens, Perth: A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and communities, the festival offers a plethora of music, dance, food and art! 

One Day in Fremantle - Kidogo Arthouse Precinct and Bathers Beach: 8-9am: Smoking Ceremony followed by Nyumbi - a Nyoongar celebration dance and a community bbq and music at Kidogo Arthouse.


Change the Date/ Invasion Day Rally – Nipaluna/Hobart, Parliament House lawns and Devonport Bluff – gather at 11:45 for a noon start. 


Rockhampton Invasion Day March – Gather at Central Park, Southside, 9AM.  


Survival Day March – Garema Place, 10AM: Please contact United Ngunnawal Youth Council regarding COVID restrictions. On 23 January from 2.30pm the ANU Environment Collective and ANU Indigenous Department will also be hosting a Survival Day painting bee at University Avenue, ANU, where members of the public can attend to help create posters and banners for the march.

Invasion Day Walk – Meet at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at 10am for a walk to Parliament House. Masks and hand sanitizer required to practice social distancing.


Darwin Invasion Day March - Civic Park, gather at 10AM for 11.45AM start: organised by Uprising of the People.

Alice Springs Invasion Day March – Court Lawns, gather at 10AM