Things to do on January 26

Whether you know it as Invasion Day, Survival Day or Australia Day
Yabun Australia Day January 26
Photograph: Joseph Mayers Yabun 2017, Victoria Park, Camperdown

In Australia, January 26 has very different meanings for different people. For First Nations Australians, the day marks the beginning of colonisation it is sometimes called Invasion Day or Survival Day. For recent migrants, January 26 is the day of many citizenship ceremonies across the country. For others, it's a family day around a barbecue. However you choose to spend it, we've picked out the main events taking place on the day, including ongoing performances and exhibitions taking place on the public holiday.

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Gapu-Monuk Saltwater – journey to sea country
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Gapu-Monuk Saltwater

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The Yirrkala bark paintings on display are deemed the equivalent of title deeds to the sea rights of coastal waters for the people of the Blue Mud Bay region in North-East Arnhem Land. In the free exhibition, there are 40 sacred bark paintings displayed alongside the history of the momentous sea rights win, as well as oral histories, aerial photography and traditional and contemporary Indigenous objects, such as Mokuy (spirit) carvings and Larrakitj (mortuary pole paintings on hollowed trees).

Go on an art tour

Lin Onus 1991 Fruit Bats install photo Yiribana Gallery at Art Gallery of New South Wales 2013 August image courtesy AGNSW
Photography: Art Gallery of NSW

Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney

Whether you're visiting from overseas or a curious local looking to get beyond the basics (Dot paintings? Bark paintings? Just the tip of the iceberg), these are the places to see the best of Australia's diverse Indigenous art practice.