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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 and 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 happening on the day, including ongoing performances and exhibitions by First Nations artists.

If you've scored extra time off, spend it seaching for the best public art in the city, or hit a less-travelled road on one of Sydney's best walks.

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Things to do on January 26

Terror Nullius
Photograph: Supplied

Just Not Australian

icon-location-pin Artspace, Wooloomooloo

A controversial film is at the centre of this exhibition exploring national identity, which splices together classic pieces of Australian cinema into a political revenge fable that challenges Australian mythology. Expect to see Pauline Hanson alongside the characters of Mad Max while the voice of John Howard rings out across the desert.

Lamington flavoured choc top
Photograph: Supplied
News, Events & Festivals

Palace Central $10 cinema tickets

This weekend, Palace Central Cinema is offering $10 tickets for all sessions, including Golden Globe winning The Favourite, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody, and triple GG winning Green Book. As it’s Australia Day this weekend, they’re also serving up special lamington choc tops.

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.

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