Australia Day is not a celebration for all Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples mark this day as Survival Day.
Since colonisation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been subjected to government-sanctioned violence, policies that removed children from families, the removal of people from their lands and the denial of self-determination.
This year on Survival Day, let’s stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise the survival and resilience of the oldest living culture in the world.
Below is a list of Survival Day events around the country. This list is not exhaustive. If you know of events that we have not included, feel free to let Tracey.Foley@amnesty.org.au know.
QLD and Northern NSW
- 26 January, 7.15am – 9.15am
- 79 Waratah Avenue, Graceville (gather at the bronze canoe, near Simpson’s Playground, end of Graceville Avenue)
- Organised by Benarrawa Community Development Association
‘All Australians are invited to come along to Benarrawa Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Solidarity Group local acknowledgement of Survival Day, January 26, 2019, for a short ceremony at the waters of the Benarrawa (Oxley Creek). On this day we celebrate the survival of the first peoples of this country, especially the people who lived, gathered, raised their families and cared for the waters and lands along the banks of the Brisbane River and Benarrawa (Oxley Creek).’
- 26 January, 9am – 3pm
- Koobara Kindy
- 421 Beams Road, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4018
- Organised by Koobara Kindy
‘Please join us this Invasion Day to reflect on our past and celebrate our strength by MARCHING THROUGH ZILLMERE and sharing stories of survival back at Koobara.
- 9am Assemble at Kurbingui Youth Development (right near Zillmere train station) for Welcome.
- 10am March down Handford Road, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and banners.
- 11am Arrive at Koobara Kindergarten grounds for speeches from respected local community members, performances, a giant water slide, BBQ, and lots of activities for the jarjums.’
- 26 January, 10am – 1.30pm
- Emma Miller Place, Roma Street, Brisbane
- Organised by the Warriors of Resistance (WAR)
‘Join First Nations People in Meanjin and around the continent in our fight for justice and rights.
We will be gathering at Emma Miller Place, Roma Street at 10am, starting speeches at 10:30am, and marching through the city and South Bank at 11:30am.
This event will be held on the lands of the Jagera, Yuggera, Yuggerapul and Turrbul people. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, this land was never ceded, and it always was, and always will be Aboriginal Land.’
- Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 10 AM
- 98 Yooral Street, The Gap
- Hosted by Balaangala Community Group
‘Balaangala Community Group acknowledges January 26th as a day of sorrow and reflection for many First Nations people and other Australians.
You are invited to join together in acknowledging First Nations people as the custodians of this land and to reflect on the continued impact of colonisation.
Cuppa will be provided, but please BYO cup, water bottle and if possible, thermos of hot water.’
- 26 January, 1pm for registration, starts 2pm – 5pm
- Arana Leagues Club, 247 Dawson Parade, Keppera 4054
‘Uncle Eugene Bargo starred in the SBS / NITV documentary series ‘Surviving’. Leon Filewood is a young lawyer turned award-winning comedian. What do these two First Nations men have to say about reconciliation in Queensland? Join us on January 26th!
Reconciliation Queensland invites you to be part of a conversation about how we reconcile our past and move forward together in the true spirit of reconciliation.’
- 26 January, 10am
- Gathering point Skate Park, Inala ave
12pm destination – Kev Hooper Park, Abelia Street
- Organised by Inala Sovereign Council
‘Our country was invaded, our land was stolen & now our community is being gentrified…It’s time we stand together as 1 Tribe & March through the HOOD
Let’s take back our streets & let everyone know who we are & where we come from!!’
- 26 January 11am
- Ross River Rd, Aitkenvale 4814
- Organised by Big Eye Theatre
‘A free event for all showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Crafts Dance Market Stalls and food stalls.’
ACT and Southern NSW
- 26 January, 9am – 9pm
- Gareema Place, Canberra City and marching to the Aboriginal Embassy
- Organised by Aboriginal Embassy
‘We are calling on members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and our supporters to stand with us on Invasion Day 2019 – Saturday January 26th, an Annual Day of Protest.
We will stand together and march together as our Elders have for the last 81 years this January 26 to protest the ongoing colonial violence on our people…
…Due to the likely heat the march will be starting early with main speeches happening at the Aboriginal Embassy where we will be providing opertunities for in depth discussion of the issues.
Food, music and fun is also on the agenda with open stages, yarning circles and plenty of water features to cool off in the heat. We encourage everyone to bring their voices, banners, instruments and extra shade for a day of community healing, understanding and fun as we continue to push that the 26th of January is a time to stand together against past and current injustice and not a day to celebrate invasion and historical revisionism.’
- 26 January, 11.00am – 3.00pm
- Byron Bay Main Beach Park, Cavanbah/Byron Bay
‘Alcohol free event, music and dancing, kids activities’
- 26 January, 11am – 2pm
- Hyde Park South Corner of Elizabeth & Liverpool Streets, Sydney City
- Hosted by FIRE Fighting In Resistance Equally
‘For First Nations Peoples and Allies the 26th of January is the day that marked the Invasions of our Peoples
It is offensive to celebrate genocide and the attempted subjugation of over 500 different nations.
Join us in our peaceful protest against the continuing John Howard driven style of jingoistic Nationalism (Fascism), propping up the colonial oppressive state.’
- 26 January, 11am to 2pm
- MacDonald Park
- Waterfall Way, Armidale, New South Wales 2350
‘Come along to Armidale’s third Survival Day gathering on the 26th of January 2019 at MacDonald Park, kicking off at 11am. Join us for food, dance, music and speeches. January 26 marks the beginning of British invasion of Aboriginal lands 231 years ago. Colonization has had a devastating impact on Aboriginal communities all of this continent, including here in so-called New England. This event is about commemorating the struggles and resistance of our peoples, as well as celebrating our survival. All are welcome to attend and take part.’
- 26 January
- Aboriginal cultural & music festival
- Coffs Harbour Jetty, Coffs Harbour
The Festival’s mission is to celebrate and share authentic Aboriginal living culture with the wider community and commemorate Australia Day as a positive, inclusive family day for all communities to enjoy.
The only Aboriginal cultural festival of its kind in regional NSW, it is a true showcase of local culture, skills, music, dance, art, lifestyle and culinary talent. Guests include local Elders, and musicians including Troy Cassar-Daley.
- 26 January, 10am – 7pm
- Victoria Park, Camperdown
The largest one day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, held annually on 26th of January upon the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney at Victoria Park.
Established in 2001, Yabun (meaning ‘music to a beat’ in Gadigal language) is a free event that features live music, a bustling stalls market, panel discussions and community forums on Aboriginal issues, children’s activities, and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances.
Yabun Festival welcomes everyone to join us in this one of a kind event which honours the survival of the world’s oldest living culture.
- 26 January, 9am – 5pm
- Regatta Park, 7 River Road, Emu Plains
COOEE is all about celebrating the survival of the oldest living culture in the world, an inclusive day for all to join us!
OFFICIAL LINE UP
– Baker Boy
– Street Warriors
– MC Sean Choolburra
– Nulungu Dreaming
– Col Hardy
– Jarrod Hickling
– Lance Cheney
Family friendly and free event
- 26 January, 7.30pm – 12am
- St Mary’s Band Club ‘The Bandy’
- 411 Great Western Highway, St Mary’s
- Organised by BTH Enterprises, on behalf of Link-Up (NSW)
Join us in celebrating the oldest surviving culture in the world!! Australia has a black future!
Tickets online $34 or $40 at the door on the night!
DJ Peter Gunz, Nooky, Dallas Woods and Street Warriors are locked in for Western Sydney’s newest and biggest event hosted by your MC Sean Choolburra!
This is an 18+ event!
Doors open for VIP guests at 7 PM, GA guests can enter the venue from 7:30 PM.
- 26 January, 129m to 5pm
- Dickinson Oval, Bermagui NSW
‘Bermagui Survival Day will be running again in 2019 for the 3rd year. Last year was a great event lets make Bermagui Survival Day 2019 bigger so come join us for some great food and entertainment the performers for this event will be announced soon.’
Tune into 3CR on Saturday 26 January for coverage of the 2019 Invasion Day events and issues across Narrm, Melbourne and beyond.
- 26 January, 5.30am – 6.30am
- Kings Domain Resting Place, located near Linlithgow Avenue opposite Janet Lady Clarke Rotunda in Naarm (Melbourne).
- Organised by Lidia Thorpe
We commemorate all Sovereign First Peoples who defended and died in the Frontier Wars and massacres across Australia.
We recognise their resilience, courage and bravery protecting families, communities, and Country, and that sovereignty has never been ceded.
This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
We always remember, January 26.
Please use #WeAlwaysRemember when you invite others.
Please note there are no trains from outer suburbs – you will either need to make your way in by other means, or travel in by train from a closer station.
- 26 January, 10.30am – 1pm
- Parliament of Victoria, Spring Street, Melbourne
We are calling on members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and our supporters to stand with us on Invasion Day 2019 – Saturday January 26th, an Annual Day of Protest.
We will stand together and march together as our Elders have for the last 81 years this January 26 to protest the ongoing colonial violence on our people.
- 26 January, 1pm – 5pm
- Borthwick Park (next to Belgrave Pool), corner of Benson Street and Blair Road, Melbourne
- Organised by Belgrave Survival Day
Belgrave Survival Day 2019 celebrates Indigenous culture with live music, dance, speakers and activities for all the family.
- 26 January, 1pm to 5pm
- 2-18 Spring Street, Treasury Gardens, Melbourne
Presented by Songlines Aboriginal Music, Share the Spirit is the state’s longest running Aboriginal music festival, running over a decade. This is a family friendly event which draws on the collective talent of the local Aboriginal arts community.
Featuring Mojo Juju, The Stiff Gins, Birds and more. This is a free event.
- 26 January, 7pm
- Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood (Yalla-birr-ang)
‘…the 26th of January is a day of sadness for the first people of this land as it is a yearly reminder of the horrors that transpired at the hands of colonisation. It is not a day of celebration, and it is not a day that should be thought of with pride. It is a day where we need to come together in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters to fight for a change of date, and for treaties that respect Aboriginal culture, custodianship of the land, education, and freedom. All Indigenous folk who would like to attend this event are given free admission. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service -VAHS.
- 26 January, 11.10am – 1pm
- Organised by Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
Calling all community and supporters to stand with us on Invasion day.
We will be meeting at the TAC office at 11:10 AM on Saturday and be heading towards Parliament Lawns arriving around 11:50.
Let’s respect the survival and resilience of Aboriginal people and change the date.
Join the event so we can keep you posted with further information.
- 26 January 2019, 11am to 6.30pm
- Military Road, Semaphore Beach
- Hosted by Tandanya NACI
‘Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is proud to present the 2019 “Survival Day” Concert and Event at Semaphore Beach featuring the ICONIC “COLOURED STONE” performing live on stage. Tandanya invites you to come along and be a part of this annual event under the theme of “Still SURVIVING, Still THRIVING”.
Acts include MC Natasha Wanganeen, Nuh’thin, Yet, CAPER, Vonda Last, Yorke Band and many more!
Sponsored by Port Adelaide Enfield Council & Drug & Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)
- 12pm 24 January – 11pm 26 January
- Port Victoria Road, Point Pearce
- Hosted by Gynburra Festival
‘The Gynburra 2019 is now in its fifth year. Held on the traditional lands of the Narungga people, the festival is a celebration of recognition and acknowledgement of our cultural and spiritual connection to Country.
A family-friendly event with activities for the whole family to enjoy held over three days, 24th-26th January 2019. The Gynburra 2019 centres around the annual Clem Graham Senior Butterfish Competition, a long tradition that brings competitors from all over to compete for the prestigious titles of the ‘Butterfish King’ and $1000 prize money and the Under 18s Division, Geoffrey ‘Scooby’ Webb ‘Butterfish Prince’ and prize money to match, please be sure to register.
Gynburra 2019 has many new activities, stalls, entertainers and the finale a fireworks display. A free event that welcomes everyone to join us for the festivities.’
- 26 January, 12pm – 3pm
- Forrest Chase, 200 Murray Street, Perth
- Hosted by Corina N Hayden Howard
‘Walk with us in solidarity.’
- 26 January
- Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
‘On 26 January, the Supreme Court Gardens will play host to the Birak Concert as part of the Australia Day long weekend. With a plethora of music, dance, art and food, the concert is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities. The City of Perth is proud to have evolved the event in partnership over the past few years with the Aboriginal community to present an inclusive, all-ages celebration the community can enjoy.’
- 27 January, 2pm – 7.30pm
- Esplanade Reserve, Fremantle
‘Sydney-based singer-songwriter Montaigne will be the headline act and is joined by soul singer Adrian Eagle. The event kicks off with a smoking ceremony at Bathers Beach at 8am, followed at 9am by traditional Aboriginal dance, didgeridoo playing and other family-friendly activities at the Kidogo Art House. At 2pm the focus will shift to the Esplanade Reserve for the One Day concert!’