Back for its 11th 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 Gawurra Gaykamangu, a Yolngu performing artist from Milingimbi (Yurrwi) in north east Arnhem Land. See a set by Melbourne soul group The Deans, South Australian hip hop artist Eskatology, the voices of the Mullum Mullum Choir, and a performance of didge meditation by Gnarnaryarrahe.
Uncle Bill Nicholson will lead a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, Aunty Dot Peters will share some of her wisdom, and you'll be able to hear a talk by the SEED Indigenous youth climate network.
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.