Back for its 12th 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, the headline act will be Dave Arden (of Black Arm Band), along with Deans of Soul, Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie, the Djirri Djirri Dancers, Mullum Mullum Hip Hop Choir and Aurelio.
There will be a welcome to country and smoking ceremony, cultural dance and didgeridoo, bush foods, panel discussions and talks.
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. You can even bring your dog.