Back for its 10th year, this celebration of Indigenous culture is bigger than ever
For many Indigenous Australians, January 26 (officially Australia Day) is Survival Day – a day in which it is important to remember the survival and resilience of Australia's First Nations people through more than 200 years of white settlement.
One of the state's biggest Survival Day events takes place in the leafy hills of Belgrave every year, featuring live music, storytelling and spoken word, traditional dances and the sharing of great food.
This year, Indigenous singer-songwriter Benny Walker is back with his band to bring his soulful roots sound to the festival. He'll be joined by The Deans, Gunditjmara singer-songwriter Jayden Lillyst, and the voices of the Mullum Mullum Choir.
In keeping with this year's theme of understanding local history, award-winning author Bruce Pascoe will share stories about the region. Uncle Bill Nicholson will lead a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, and Aunty Dot Peters will share some of her wisdom.
As always, there'll be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, as well as food trucks and stalls. The event is alcohol-free and people of all backgrounds and ages are welcome.