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Not sure what to get up to this January 26th? NITV has you covered for events around the country!
Karina Marlow

24 Jan 2017 - 1:09 PM  UPDATED 24 Jan 2017 - 2:08 PM


NITV - #AlwaysWillBe

NITV's online festival 'Always Will Be' will showcase the best of music through NITV's Anthem Sessions, a Sunrise Ceremony at Sydney's North Head, our 360° project: Change The Date, a vodcast with Ernie Dingo and Miss Ellaneous, social media coverage, Aboriginal drag-act Miss Ellaneous making a statement on Sydney Harbour and a whole of the best Indigenous content on television! Check it out here!

“Through the Always Will Be Festival, NITV is exploring Indigenous perspectives on what this national day means for many, acknowledging our history and our survival, and encouraging more Australians to understand that Australia always was and always will be Aboriginal land," said NITV's Channel Manager, Tanya Orman. 

Western Australia

Birak Concert

Survival Perth has been incorporated into the WA capital’s Skyworks celebrations this year. It will include the Birak Concert which will begin at 3pm, to celebrate the Noongar season for December and January. The Concert features local talents the Stirling Rangers, Little Tear Drops, Hot Likwid and Doreen Pensio and Band, as well as Aboriginal dance workshops presented by the Wadumbah Dance Group. 

The popular Elder Zone will return as well as activities for the kids including free face painting and rides in nearby Langley Park. For more information visit the website

Invasion Day Event, Perth 

Keep your eyes out for an Invasion Day event to be held from 1pm-4pm in Perth City

New South Wales

Yabun Festival

With Kev Carmody heading up and extraordinary line-up of deadly talent, this year’s Yabun festival is sure to be a treat. The event will kick-off from 10am at Victoria Park on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Camperdown, Sydney.

The festival will also feature a Corroboree Ground showcasing thirteen dance performances, a marketplace of food, craft and information stalls, an Elders tent, a Jarjums Zone with activities for the little ones, and a Speak Out tent with a range of speakers. For more information check out the website

Invasion Day March, Redfern to Sydney

Join Fighting in Resistance Equality (FIRE), Grandmothers Against Removals Sydney, the Indigenous Social Justice Association and many other activist groups from 11am at the Block, Redfern. Check out more here

Invasion Day March, Moree

A smoking ceremony will be held at 8am on Frome Street followed by a march starting at 11am. Stay cool Moree!


Share the Spirit Festival

The festival returns again to Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens featuring the likes of No Fixed Address, Kutcha Edwards, The Deans of Soul, Yirgjhilya and Urban Hour. This thriving hub of Aboriginal dance, culture and music will showcase the talent of the local community from 11.00am on January 26th. For more information visit the event site

Melbourne Invasion Day Rally

The main rally will be held on the Parliament House Steps from 11am-2pm and all are welcome to join. A smoking ceremony will also be held to respect the Kulin nation and their custodianship of the land.

Belgrave Survival Day

Celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year with the theme 'Learn Local Culture", Belgrave Survival Day is back at Belgrave's Borthwick Park from 12.00pm. This year folk singer-songwriter Benny Walker will headline and be joined by Jayden Lillyst and The Deans.

Don’t miss the The Djirri Djirri dancers, a traditional Wurundjeri dance troup as well as the Mullum Mullum Choir and Hip Hop Crew, didgeridoo meditation, damper making, bushfoods and guest speakers Aunty Dot Peters and Bruce Pascoe. For more check out the Facebook event.


Brisbane Invasion Day March - Resist, Revive, Decolonize

Brissy's Invasion Day march will start from 10am at Parliament House before heading to Musgrave Park. The march will launch the Stolenwealth Games campaign for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and an art competition, as well as including food and entertainment. Check out the Facebook event for more. 

Townsville Survival Day Walk

This walk through Townsville CBD will include cultural performances and end in a Survival Day Commemoration and Celebration in the Perfume Gardens. The walk will commence at 7.30am at the Mabo Monument. For more see the event page

Hervey Bay Invasion Day March

Starting at 8.30am from Seafront Oval the march will head to Torquay Oval, with cultural dancing beginning at 11am. 

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra Tent Embassy Event

Assemble at 10am on King George Terrace for an sovereignty event at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

South Australia

Tandanya Survival Day

Tandanya’s Survival Day event returns to Port Adelaide’s Semaphore Foreshore for a fun-filled day from 11am until 6.30pm. A live concert hosted by Natasha Wanganeen will see Electric Fields, Hannah Yates and Jessica Wishart take to the stage and be sure to check out the traditional dance, arts and crafts, food stalls, kid’s activities and the Tandanya Gallery pop-up store. For more info check out their website.

Adelaide Invasion Day Event

The event will be held from 6pm-8pm at Elder Park, off King William Road. 

Northern Territory

Nhulunbuy Bungul 

A bungul (welcoming ceremony) will be held in the township of Nhulunbuy by the Rirratjingu clan. 


Hobart Invasion Day March - Keep the Fire Burning

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre is hosting a march from 198 Elizabeth St to the Parliament Lawns which will begin at 11.30am. 

Discover more about Indigenous Australia with NITV's #AlwaysWillBe, an interactive line-up of truth, tradition and expression. 

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