First Fremantle abandoned its Australia Day celebrations in favour of a more culturally-inclusive celebration two days later.
Now some of Australia’s most prominent comedians will take to the stage in a Reconciliation Comedy Gala in Melbourne on Australia Day.
The gala, at the Malthouse Theatre, will honour the struggles of the Stolen Generations and acknowledge the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Money raised will go to the City of Yarra’s Stolen Generations Marker project, an outdoor artwork which will commemorate the tragedy.
Those who will perform include Uncle Jack Charles, as MC, Eddie Perfect, Tripod, Nelly Thomas, Kevin Kropinyeri, Shiralee Hood and Dane Simpson.
Malthouse Theatre associate producer Jason Tamiru said the show would give Melbourne audiences an alternative “to throwing a lamb on the barbie on one of our most controversial public holidays”.
Tickets are available from malthousetheatre.com.au or the Malthouse Theatre Box Office in Sturt St Southbank. Cost is $60 for a standard ticket or $50, concession. The three-and-a-half-hour show starts at 2.30pm on January 26.
Meanwhile the NSW Aboriginal Land Council is putting $10,000 towards the annual Yabun Festival Survival Day event.
NSWALC Chair Roy Ah-See said the festival—held in Sydney’s Victoria Park on January 26—was one of the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural events.
The NSWALC will also support Saltwater Freshwater, which will be held at Coffs Harbour.
Last year more than 15,000 people attended Yabun and joined in activities including concerts, art, children’s activities and the Corroboree Ground.
For more information about Yabun, visit www.yabun.org.au.