Survival Day to honour First Nations People

Uncle Bill Nicholson performs a smoking ceremony at the 2016 Belgrave Survival Day. 149580

The 11th annual Belgrave Survival Day will once again celebrate Indigenous culture and the survival of Australia’s First Nations People.
The event will be held at Borthwick Park (next to Belgrave Pool) between 12noon and 5pm on Friday 26 January.
This year, the popular even will feature special guest Gawurra Gaykamangu, who is one of Australia’s most respected and inspiring Aboriginal singer/songwriters.
Kutcha’s music, theatre and community work has made him a legend in the Indigenous community, throughout Australia and internationally.
Also taking the stage this year will be The Deans of Soul, which bring classic sounds and grooves with velvet smooth vocals and sweet harmonies.
This year will be their third at the Belgrave event and are a crowd favourite.
As well as the fabulous voices of the Mullum Mullum Choir and the vibes of the Hip Hop Crew, become calm as guests participate in a Digeridoo Mediation with Gnarnayarrahe Waitiarie (Uncle Joey).
Wurundjeri elder and educator, Uncle Bill Nicholson, will lead the Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.
Then, ‘The Djirri Djirri’ will perform traditional dances, where the audience will be invited to join in.
Aunty Dot Peters will also grace the stage and share some of her wisdom.
Meanwhile, Tim Kanoa will emcee the event.
Corinna Ritchie from SEED, Indigenous Youth for Climate Action, will speak about the group’s work and what Indigenous Youth are doing to confront climate change.
There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids (and adults) busy with fun music and dance, art and craft opportunities, and more.
Catering for all food requirements.
This is a drug and alcohol free event.
Due to parking limitations, guests are encouraged to catch public transport or carpool.
Pick up and drop off service to Belgrave Train Station is available from 11am to 1.30pm; and between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.