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Survival Day / Invasion Day 2024: a guide to events across the country

Dechlan Brennan -

January 26 will see rallies, smoking ceremonies, concerts and mourning ceremonies across the country in a call for a new national day, as well as celebrating Indigenous survival.

Among dozens of events planned on Invasion or Survival Day, some events will also call for solidarity with Indigenous people worldwide, an abolition of colonial power structures, and solidarity with Palestinian people in Gaza.

Victoria

Day of Mourning Dawn Service

When:5:30am (mob only), 6:30am (all welcome)

Where: 62 Morgan Street, North Geelong

Cost: Free

What: This event will begin with a Mob Only space for reflection between 5:30am and 6:30am, before allies and other community members are invited to attend, be involved and listen to speakers between 6:30am and 7:30am. Bacon and egg rolls and coffee/tea will be provided and no RSVP is required.

Survival Day Dawn ceremony

When: 5:30am

Where: Viewpoint, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Wadawurrung Country

Cost: Free

What: A 100% Aboriginal run event with local artists, food and market stalls.

Invasion Day Dawn Service

When: 5:30am – 6:30am

Where: Kings Domain Resting Place, Linlithgow Avenue on the hill opposite Janet Lady Clarke Rotunda in Naarm (Melbourne).

Cost: Free

What: Dawn Service. Organisers ask for allies and mob to use #WeAlwaysRemember when inviting others and posting about the event.

Pilk Purriyn Truth Telling

When: 5:30am – 7:00am

Where: Cosy Corner Beach, The Esplanade, Torquay 3228, Wadawurrung Country

Cost: Free

What: A truth-telling event presented by Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation in partnership with Surf Coast Shire Council and includes a deep-listening and reflection at sunrise.

Willum Warrain 'Change the Date'

When: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Where: Willum Warrain, 10c Pound Road Hastings, Bunurong / Boon Wurrung Country

Cost: Free

What: A smoking ceremony and yarning circle followed by morning tea for both Mob and non-Indigenous people.

Invasion Day Protest

When:10:00 am

Where: Parliament House of Victoria, Spring St Melbourne, Wurundjeri and Boon Warring Lands

Cost: Free

What: The protest is an "annual reminder of invasion, occupation, genocide and the ongoing impacts of colonisation that continues to destroy our lives, our lands and our waters."

Mildura Survival Day

When: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Jaycee Park, Mildura

Cost: Free

What: The march starts at the stage in Langtree Mall down to Jaycee Park to gather under the big tree and will work in partnership with Mildura Council and local Aboriginal orgs.

Share the Spirit festival

When: 11:30 am

Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

Cost: Free

What: A community based festival. Legendary acts performing include Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address & Blackfire with performances from contemporary artists, David Arden, Kutcha Edwards, Deniece Hudson, Stray Blacks, Robbie Bundle, Yambra, Richard Frankland, Brian Morley, Yung Warriors and Deans of Soul. It will also showcase Indigenous women who will be performing, including Madi Colville- Walker, Maylene Yinar Slater, Canisha, Monica McDonald, Naretha Williams, Carissa Nyalu , Leonie Whyman and Charlie Woods.

​​Our Survival Day

When: 11:00 am – 5:00 am

Where: The Briars, 450 Nepean Hwy, Mount Martha VIC 3934, Australia

Cost: $35 or free for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

What: Our Songlines, a 100% Aboriginal-owned and woman-led organisation, wil help run an event focussing on Indigenous education, cultural entertainment, food and sustainability through the theme of 'Keep Surviving.'

New South Wales

Dawn Reflection

When: 5:20-5:50 am

Where: Sydney Opera House Circular Quay, Gadigal Land

Cost: Free

What: A sombre moment at sunrise and everyone is encouraged to gather on the shores around the Opera House to pause, reflect and remember as the artwork is revealed on the opera house and both the Australian flag and Aboriginal flags are raised over the bridge.

WulgulOra Morning Ceremony

When: 7:30-8:30 am

Where: Walumil lawns at Barangaroo reserve, Gadigal Land

Cost: Free

What: The WugulOra Morning Ceremony will include a smoking ceremony as well as dance, music and language.It will be broadcast live on ABC TV

Holding Space Fingal Head

When: 7:00 am

Where: Fingal Head, Boat Harbour, Bundjalung Country NSW

Cost: Free

What: Currie Country will host the this event to pay respect. Everyone is welcome.

Cost: Free

Invasion Day Rally/Day of Mourning 2024

When: 9:30 am

Where: Customs House 1 Bond St, Newcastle NSW 2300

Cost: Free

What: Meet at 9.30 am at Customs House and the rally departs 10:00am. The AwabaMi Festival at Foreshore Park will feature a full day of Truth-telling, Festival with Market Stalls and Music.

Invasion Day Rally and March

When: 10:00 am

Where: Belmore Park, Gadigal Land

Cost: Free

What: Meet at Belmore Park before a march around Sydney CBD, ending in Victoria Park at Yabun Festival which is taking place at Victoria Park, Broadway on Gadigal Land.

Narrungdera Survival Day March

When: 10:00 am

Where: East St, Narrungdera, Wiradjuri Country

Cost: Free

What: The Narrungdera NAIDOC Committee hosts a march down East Street. Meeting at 10:30am at Narrandera Ambulance Station, The Survival Day March will start at 11:00am from the Ambulance Station down East Street to Memorial Park. This event is open to all the Narrandera Shire Community.

Bermagui Survival Day

When: 11:00 am

Where: Dickinson Oval, Djiringanj Land

Cost: Free

What: There will be free food, entertainment, and giveaways, alongside rugby league coaching. The event includes performances by Gahdu Dreaming Band and Mudjingaal Yangamba choir.

Bundjalung Nation Survival Day

When: 11:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Where: Apex Park, Cavanbah (Byron Bay) Arakwal Country

Cost: Free

What: Listen to speakers and stand in solidarity. Hear music and story. Support stalls and BYO picnic rug.

Ḻuku Ngärra: The Law of the Land Free Screening

When: 26 January 2024, 6:30 PM

Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, Bundjalung Country

Cost: Free

What: Celebrate the launch of Truth Telling Together, a national movement that seeks to inspire all Australians to educate themselves and others about First Nations Australian history, culture and law, inspired by the life work of Rev Djiniyini Gondarra. The film is PG and strictly te tickets per booking.

Western Australia

Day of Mourning Ceremony

When: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Where: Victoria Gardens Foreshore, 10 Royal Street Perth, Whadjuk Noongar Boodja

Cost: Free

What: Greens Senator Dorinda Cox and respected community members will hold a ceremony to acknowledge the past and move toward a better future

Invasion Day Protest

When: 12:00 pm onwards

Where: ​​Forrest Chase, on Wellington Street in Boorloo (Perth), Whadjuk Noongar Country

Costs: Free

What: Meet at Forrest Place Booraloo for a rally, the match will start from 1.30pm at Forrest Place to Stirling gardens with a 2pm Yarning Circle with grassroots Elders at Stirling Gardens

Birak Concert

When: 3:30 - 7:30 pm

Where: Supreme Court Gardens, 2 Barrack Street

Costs: Free

What: An annual concert with local and interstate performers, community stalls, workshops and a live radio broadcast, plus activities for children

Rubibi Survival Day

When: 4:00 pm - 11.45 pm

Where: Goolarri Amphitheatre, 3 Blackman Street Broome, Yawuru Country

Costs: Online Tickets $25 with under 10 year olds free

What: Goolarri Media is opening the doors for food vans throughout the day. This is a licensed event and people under the age of 18 will only be admitted if accompanied by an adult.

South Australia

Mourning in the Morning / Smoking Ceremony

When: 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Where: Elder Park / Tarntanya Wama

Cost: Free

What: Join Rev Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna cultural leader Uncle Moogy Sumner in a cleansing Smoking Ceremony

Survival Day March

When: 12:00 pm

Where: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, Tandanya (Adelaide)

Cost: Free

What: Listen to First Nations People's battle for Justice and Rights through speakers and performers.

Aus Lights on the River

When: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: Elder Park / Tarntanya Wama

Cost: Free

What: The 2024 Aus Lights on the River Program will be inspired by creative visions of Belonging to Country and Connecting to Nature

Respecting Country Parade

When: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Where: Across the Riverbank Precinct Bridge down to Elder Park / Tarntanya Wama

Cost: Free

What: The parade will begin at Adelaide Oval on War Memorial Drive before travelling over the Torrens River Footbridge into Elder Park/Tarntanya Wama. You can view the parade in designated areas or from Elder Park/Tarntanya Wama.

Survival Day Laratinga Wetlands

When: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Laratinga Wetlands, Laratinga Pavilion, Springs Rd, Mt Barker

Cost: Free

What: Join THE Peramangk People for our the ever Survival Day event on Peramangk Watta. Family Friendly event.Peramangk will be showcasing: Elders Living Library, Song, Dance, Arts, Film, Spoken word, Hip Hop, story telling, weaving, Yidaki, Arts making workshops and Cultural Immersion experience, stalls from First Nations artists. Sensory corner available. Sausage sizzle and salads, coffee, tea and water provided. Very limited transport will be available for First Nations People.. Elders, women, children and people with disabilities will be given priority.

North Haven Survival Day

When: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 44 Australia Two Ave North Haven

Cost: Free

What: Kura Yerlo, North Haven Surf Club along with Watto Purrunna Aboriginal Health Care Service invites for a free breakfast of bacon and egg rolls/sandwiches with special performances by Katie Aspell and Yidaki player Michael Connelly. Welcome to Country by Patiola Wilson.

Tasmania

Putiya Kanaplila Invasion Day Rally

When: 11:45 am onwards

Where: Depart TAC 198 Elizabeth Street, Nipaluna

Cost: Free

What: Marches and rallies across Lutruwita start at 12:00 noon at Parliament Lawns

Limilinaturi March and Rally

When: 11:30 am

Where: Tulaminikali Health Service (106 Best Street), Limilinaturi (Devonport)

Cost: Free

What: March and rally in Market Square at 12:00 noon, behind Paranaple Centre.

Northern Territory

Smoking Ceremony

When: 7:45 am

Where: Darwin Waterfront lagoon, Larrakia Country

Cost: Free

What: The Larrakia People will hold a Smoking Ceremony, with storytelling and performances

First Nations Community Gathering (Mob only)

When: TBA - contact Tahlia Biggs

Where: Gulumerridjin Larrakia Country, 12 Smith Street Darwin City

Cost: Free

What: Spaces include air con, fans, seating and tables, projector and microphones, tea and coffee, water and soft drinks. Contact Tahlia Biggs for further information.

Arrernte Nation Survival Day

When: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Where: Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Arrernte Country

Cost: Free

What: Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, tea damper and BBQ, kids corner, Arrernte Boxing Academy, live music/open mic and bush medicines.

Queensland

Survival Day

When: 5:30am - 12:30pm

Where: Strand Park Townsville, North Queensland

Cost: Free

What: Dance, poetry, storytelling and much more. Mala Jina Waran (Men dancing using hand & feet) will be performing and showcasing their dances of the Yalanji Nation on Gurumbilbara country, lands of the Wulgurukaba people.

Invasion Day Rally: We Have Survived!

When: 9:00am

Where: Queens Gardens Meanjin (Brisbane), 144 William St, Yuggera/Jagera and Turrbal Country

Cost: Free

What: Beginning at 8am at Queens Gardens for sign making, the march will begin at around 10am and finish at Musgrave Park. Stand in solidarity & goodwill with First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) people

We Have Survived! Sunshine Coast

When: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Where: Sunshine Coast City Hall, corner of First Ave and South Sea Islander Way, Maroochydore

Cost: Free

What: Meeting at 9.00am at Foundation Square to commemorate and celebrate the true history of this country. At 10.00am community will lead a 1.5km procession to Cotton Tree Park where there will be an open mic and time for community to network.

Maleny Remembrance Ceremony

When: 10:00am

Where: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, 17 Bicentennial Lane, Maleny, Jinibara/Kabi Kabi Country

Cost: Free

What: Designed for non-Indigenous people and held in the backyard of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

Benarrawa Survival Day

When: 7:15am for a 7:30am start

Where: Gather at the bronze canoe, near Simpson's playground, end of Graceville Ave, Graceville

Cost: Free

What: Benarrawa Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Solidarity Group's local acknowledgement, native flowers to be cast into the river as part of the ceremony. Everyone welcome.

Australian Capital Territory

Sovereignty Day Rally

When: 9:30am

Where: Garema Place, Canberra, Ngunnawal Country

Cost: Free

What: Join at the rallying point in Garema Place, before a march hosted by the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

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