January 26 events

Date: 26/01/2018

There are a number of events taking place in Victoria to mark January 26 - you are invited to Share the Spirit at the Balit Narrun Festival, Treasury Gardens - featuring Dan Sultan, Archie Roach, food and craft stalls, children's entertainment, and more ...  To be preceded by the 2018 Invasion Day Rally in the Melbourne CBD.  And don't forget there's the Belgrave Survival Day Festival, this year featuring Gawurra Gaykamangu.

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Belgrave Survival Day is on again in 2018. Join us for another day of celebrating the survival of Australia's First Nations people. Music, stalls, children's activities, food and fun. 

We are excited to announce our headline act for 2018. Gawurra Gaykamangu. Gawurra is a Yolngu professional performing artist hailing from Milingimbi (Yurrwi), North East Arnhem Land. With an emotional and resonant voice, Gawurra’s performances deliver a masterful musical sensitivity. http://www.gawurra.com.au/

This event is FREE and all members of the public are invited to attend. It is a family friendly event so please no illicit drugs, alcohol and please refrain from smoking near crowds.

12 - 5pm
cnr Benson St and Blair Rd, Belgrave.
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Survival Day on Phillip Island

Churchill Island Cafe - under the big tree
January 26th 12noon-3pm. 

Bring picnic blanket, plate, cutlery, cup and plate of food to share.  More info

Give It Back

 5.30pm - late
Tote Hotel, cnr Wellington and Johnson Sts, Collingwood.
Featuring Philly, China Beach, Dave Arden Band, Squid Nebula, Carroll Karpany, Alice Skye, Moonlover, DJs and more.  More info

Invasion Day at Handsome Her

Jan 26, 9am - 3.30pm
Handsome Her, 206 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.
Fundraiser for the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.  More info

We Survived

Sat 27 January, 5pm - late
The Toff in Town, Swanston St
Featuring: Philly, Alice Skye, Paul Gorrie, Maylene Slater-Burns, Neil Morris, Eric Avery, Kalyani, SovTrax.  More info

Make your voice heard - sign a petition!

There are several campaigns and petitions circulating seeking to change how Australia Day is marked:

Call for Volunteers

Are you thinking of attending Balit Narrun Festival (Share the Spirit) or Belgrave Survival Day Festival on January 26?

A great way to support these important community-run events is to help out on the day. Both festivals have a range of volunteer roles still available.

Balit Narrun Festival, Treasury Gardens, 1 - 5 pm.  For info email admin@evolventertainment.com.au
Belgrave Survival Day, cnr Benson St and Blair Rd, Belgrave, 12 - 5 pm.  For info email survivalday@gmail.com or message the organisers on Facebook

Some recent media coverage & commentary

Common Ground: Steven Oliver On Changing The Date Of Australia Day, New Matilda, 26/01/2018

Let's make Australia Day one we can all share, Tammy Solonec, Amnesty International Australia’s Indigenous Rights Manager, 21/12/2018

Push for Australia Day changes from Greens MP, Herald Sun, Rob Harris and Alex White, 15/01/2018

10 things you should know about January 26Luke Pearson, Sophie Verass, NITV, 15/01/2018

Changing the date won’t fix ‘Australia Day’, Celeste Liddle, NITV, 22/01/2016

Greens plan major new Australia Day date change campaign, Adam Gartrell, SMH, 15/01/2018

Save Australia Day? You don't even know what you're fighting for, Sophie Verass, NITV, 12/01/2018

Pat Cash slams Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal people on National Television, Welcome to Country, 14/01/2018

Change It Ourselves campaign asks people to take a different day off for Australia Day, Charis Chang, 5/01/2018, news.com.au Visit the Change it Ourselves website

Interview with Kathryn Arndt, CEO Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA), ABC Local Radio, Drive, 15/01/2018 - starts approx. 2:02:30.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies (AIATSIS) website detailing the history of the Jan 26 as a Day of Mourning.

Indigenous leader labels debate over Australia Day ‘disgraceful’, Rachel Baxendale, The Australian, 16/01/2018

Linda Burney warns Greens push to change Australia Day 'more divisive than helpful', Paul Karp, The Guardian, 17/01/2018.

Burney calls for new Indigenous holiday, says Jan 26 is for truth-telling, not celebration, NITV, 17/01/2018

Most don't care when Australia Day is held, poll finds, Adam Gartrell, The Age, 18/01/2018