Here’s a listing of Survival Day events happening around Australia on January 26, 2022.
As required by State and Territory health and safety regulations, events have been modified with Covid-safe plans and are also subject to last minute changes under these rules. Check the specific events for the details and remember to wear a mask, physically distance, regularly use hand sanitiser, and stay at home if you have any symptoms.
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Survival Day Dawn Ceremony (Free) 2022 - 5:30AM Wadawurrung Country. Viewpoint, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat. The Koorie Engagement Action Group (KEAG) invites you to come together and stand in solidarity to peacefully reflect on those who have gone before us.
Victorian NAIDOC 2022 Invasion Day Dawn Service (online) - 6:15-7:15AM. ‘We acknowledge our Ancestors, Elders and Community that make up the 38 plus Nations of the colonial state of Victoria, and pay our respects to the many who have paved the way, past and present.’
Our Survival Day (Ticketed) - Mount Martha: 12-6 PM. Brought to you by Our Songlines With a focus on Indigenous education, cultural entertainment, food and sustainability through the theme of ‘Reconnection’
Balit Nurran - Share The Spirit Festival (CANCELLED) - Sidney Myer Music Bowl: 2-9 PM. Presented by Songlines Aboriginal Music Organisation in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne. It celebrates the survival of Australia’s First Nations people with live music and art from the Aboriginal arts community.
Belgrave Survival Day (Free) - Borthwick Park: 12-5 PM. Celebrating their 15th anniversary featuring performances by Dave Arden and band, Pirritu, Yeng Gali Mullum, Deniece Hudson and more!
Healing Ceremony (Free) Malvern Cricket Ground (rear of Malvern Town Hall): 11:45AM. The City of Stonnington invites you to a Healing Ceremony with our Traditional Custodians, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation, to pay respect and acknowledge their living connection to Country, relationship with the land and all living things extending back tens of thousands of years.
Mildura Survival Day (Free) 11AM. Mildura will be hosting its 3rd Survival Day in 2022 and will start from Langtree Mall and in a peaceful March walk from there to the river.
Koorie Chill Out 2022 (sold out) - 5:30 - 7:00PM. A family-friendly evening of ceremony, culture and music to acknowledge what the date means to First Nations’ Peoples and to strengthen understanding, respect and reconciliation.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Yabun Festival (Free/Live streamed) - Victoria Park, Broadway: 12-10 PM. Yabun celebrates its 20th year by celebrating the survival of Aboriginal cultures and identity. A live stream will be available at yabun.org.au or you can listen on Koori Radio 93.7FM.
WulgulOra Morning Ceremony (Free) - Banrangaroo: 7:30-8:30 AM. As an ancient Smoking Ceremony cleanses the way for new beginnings, the WugulOra Morning Ceremony celebrates the world’s oldest living culture through dance, music and language.The event will also be broadcast live on ABC TV and streamed on iview.
Day Of Mourning March (Free) - Town Hall Sydney: 10:30 AM. Event by Indigenous Social Justice Association - ISJA SYDNEY and FISTT. Honouring this proud history of resistance and will retrace the steps of the 1938 Day of Mourning. This involves a silent march from Town Hall to Australia Hall on Elizabeth st, before proceeding to Yabun in Victoria Park.
Day of Mourning Markets - Awabakal Country (Newcastle): 10AM-5PM
Griffith Survival Day - Wirajuri Country from 12PM at 5 Wayeela St.
Northern Rivers Survival Day March and gathering - from Brunswick Beach down to Byron Beach, arriving at Apex Park above the beach around 11 am with information/sales stalls and a stall dedicated to the Uluru Statement from The Heart and the Makarrata. A welcome to Country, a few speeches, Uncle Billy with his songs and his guitar - till around 2-30 /3 pm.
Smoking Ceremony (Free entry. Bookings essential) - Elder Park: 8 AM. The ceremony will feature a speech by Kaurna Elder Rosemary Kudnarto Wanganeen, a performance by renowned singer and musician Nancy Bates and the unveiling of a stunning Sand Painting created by First Nations artist Derik Lynch in collaboration with Kaurna elder Frank Wanganeen.
Survival Day 2022 (Free) - Tarndanyangga, Victoria Square: 12-4:00 PM. A great lineup of powerful speakers and beautiful performers. Standing in solidarity with the Aboriginal Tent Embassy 50th Anniversary.
Birak Concert (Free) - Supreme Court Gardens, Riversdale: 3-7:30 PM. This year’s line-up features WA talent, including a traditional Welcome to Country, Lilly Gogos, Flewnt, Pipeline Band and more! In addition to the jam-packed stage schedule there will be community stalls, the Elders Marquee and the Perth Heat is returning for those sport enthusiasts.
Rubibi Survival Day 2022 (Ticketed) - Broome: 12-10 PM. The day will be filled with family friendly, Indigenous performances from the region’s leading established and emerging artists. Experience the history and culture passed down through song.
Online Invasion Day Rally 2022 - Lutruwita/ Tasmania: 11:45AM -1PM. 9 (ONLINE). A great line up of speakers including Grace Tame - Current Australian of the Year, Jessica Munday - Secretary of Unions Tas, Richard Condie - Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, Uncle Jimmy Everett and Rodney Gibbins - Aboriginal Activists plus more! The event will include a welcome to country, one minute silence to honour the Aboriginal lives lost during the invasion and a dance ceremony. NOTE: There will not be any rallies in person this year in lutruwita/ Tasmania. Please do not gather at Parliament House lawns or Devonport.
Brisbane Invasion Day Rally 2022 - QUEENS GARDEN, 144 George St, Brisbane City: 10AM. Hosted by Yuggera Peoples, the rally will begin at Queens Garden - at 8-9AM then through to Musgrave park.
Survival Day 2022 (Free) - Townsville: 7AM. A Celebration and commemoration of First Nations peoples way of life, telling the stories of survival and building strength through dance, art, music and workshops to continue 40,000 plus years of culture.
Multicultural Celebrations (Free) - South Stradbroke Island: 6 AM. The event will celebrate the region’s Aboriginal culture via a smoking ceremony, inclusion of language, music, storytelling, dance and walks conducted on a culturally significant South Stradbroke Island trail.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Aboriginal Tent Embassy 50th Anniversary (Free) 9AM-5PM - Founded on the 26th January in 1972, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, one of the world’s longest continuing protest sites.
We Are One (Free) - Nara Peace Park, Yarralumla: 10 AM. Concert, including singing, dancing, martial arts, aboriginal performance, and music instruments. If public gathering is not permitted, we will hold the event online, through Zoom meetings.
Nainmurra Nguurruu 25-26 Jan (Free) - Patrick White Lawns, John Dunmore Lang Place, Reconciliation Place and Commonwealth Place. Produced by ACT Government with strategic partners National Capital Authority and the National Museum of Australia, come together to Reflect, Respect and Celebrate the Australian experience, from its origins millennia ago to today.
Australia Day Cultural Performances (Free) - Gove Boat Club, Nhulunbuy: 10 AM. An event designed to encourage and support councils and local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities to work together in participating in an Australia Day event that is meaningful, reflective, and respectful.
OzFusion 2022 (Free) - Darwin: 12 PM. Featuring Indigenous and multicultural performances, food, and games.
Australia Day NT 2022 (Free) - Darwin: 6 AM. Offers a rich cultural program packed full of entertainment and activities for all the family to enjoy. Depicting the Northern Territory’s vibrant multicultural community, the indoor festival will feature dazzling dance performances, a stellar music concert with award winning artists, visual arts exhibitions, entertainment, kids activities, storytelling, food stalls and mesmerising projections. It will also feature OzRun’s 5km run and a smoking ceremony. Find the program here.
Close Don Dale NOW 26th Jan Demo - 11:30AM. Rally at the gates of Don Dale Detention Centre on Invasion Day to demand its closure.
Read up on our long-standing Campaign to Rethink Our National Holiday and change the date to a more respectful and inclusive one that can unify rather than divide Australia.