• Attendees at Yabun Festival 2015. ((Facebook/Yabun photo cred Barbra McGrady))Source: (Facebook/Yabun photo cred Barbra McGrady)
There are lots of exciting events happening across the country to respond to the significance of 26 January. This year marks 80 years since the Day of Mourning protests and 30 years since the Invasion Day '88 rallies, so expect big things this Friday.
Natalie Cromb

23 Jan 2018 - 12:30 PM  UPDATED 26 Jan 2018 - 9:02 AM

Sydney (Eora Nation)


The annual Invasion Day Rally for Sydney.

When and Where?

The Block, Cnr Caroline and Louis St Redfern. 10.00am

The Rally will kick off at Redfern's infamous Block in Redfern at 10.00am followed by a march. Last year's march amassed over 10,000 people and organisers are hoping for even more attendees this year.

The march will draw to an end where particpants are encouraged to can then go on to the Yabun Festival where there is live music, food, entertainment and stalls. 


Justice for Treaty March for Sydney

When and Where?

Redfern Oval. 9.30am

Meeting at Redfern Oval at 9.30am, there will be speeches by number of activists and intellectuals including Pastor and Elder Ray Minniecon and Academic and Aboriginal Rights Campaigner Sam Watson. 

There will be a march to Hyde Park South where there is another line-up of speakers organised including President of the Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs, Nhulunbuy MP Yingiya Guyala, Feminist and Academic Eva Cox and more. This march commemorates the 1938 National Day of Mourning and the 1988 Long March for Peace, Justice and Hope.



Yabun Festival

When and Where?

Victoria Park, Camperdown. 10.00am - 7.00pm

Yabun is Sydney's premier one-day festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples survival. Presenting a diverse and vibrant line-up of music (Baker Boy, Troy Cassar-Daley and Electric Fields are just some of the talent on the program), dance, oration and sport.

Yabun is a family-friendly alcohol-free event day and will be broadcast live on Koori Radio 93.7FM


Melbourne (Kulin Nation)


Melbourne – Naarm – 2018 Invasion Day Rally

When and Where?

State Parliament Steps, Spring St Melbourne. 11.00am

Attendees are encouraged to bring flowers to lay on the steps of Parliament in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the first National Day of Mourning. Attendees are then encouraged to join the community for lunch at Balit Narrun Festival in Treasury Gardens.



Balit Narrun Festival 

When and Where?

Treasury Gardens, Melbourne. 1.00pm

A child-friendly event that features music by Indigenous artists, showcasing the true diversity of Indigenous performers across different genres. This years' artistic direction for the annual festival is 'Strength in Culture'. Food stalls and activities for children will be available. 


Brisbane (Yuggera Country)


Meanjin (Brisbane) Invasion Day

When and Where?

Parliament House, Brisbane. 10.30am

Starting at Parliament House at 10.30am with Indigenous speakers from the community discussing the current state of affairs for First Nations' people, followed by a march through Brisbane CBD and coming to an end at Musgrave Park where there will be food, live music where the occasion lightens to one of celebration of survival and culture.




Invasion Day 2018 Perth rally

When and Where?

Forrest Chase, Murray St Perth. 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Commencing at 11.00am, attendees will hear speakers from the community who will discuss the numerous issues affecting communities such as the Aboriginal Lives Matter movement. 




Survival Day hosted by the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

When and Where?

Semaphore Foreshore, Semaphore. 11.00am

Tandanya is facilitating a community gathering to celebrate the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and serves to acknowledge and reinforce the present and the future of Indigenous cultures. 

It is an all-ages, family friendly event with food, entertainment and community activities to celebrate survival and thriving in spite of colonisation. All are welcome. 




The Hobart Change the Date March and Rally

When and Where?

Elizabeth St, Hobart. 11.30am

The Rally will commence at 11.30am at 198 Elizabeth Street in Hobart with speakers. There will be a march to State Parliament Lawns to protest the continuing mistreatment of Indigenous people. 




Canberra Invasion Day Rally and March.

When and Where?

Garema Place, Civic. 12.00 noon

Assembling at Garema Place from 12.00 noon in the Canberra City for discussions on topics like black deaths in custody, brutalisation of black youth in detentions, mining corporations on sacred sites and the invasion on Gadigal land 230 years ago. This will be followed by a march across Commonwealth Bridge to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the lawns of Old Parliment House where a smoking ceremony will take place.

There is also a Walkover organised by the ANU Students' Association, inviting people to walk from the ANU grounds at Melville Hall at 10.30am to the Invasion Day Rally in Garema Place.


Darwin (Larrakia)


Invasion Day Rally hosted by Community Solidarity Action NT

When and Where?

Parliament House, Darwin. 12.00noon.

There will be an acknowledgment of our traditional owners and a background of 26 January's history. Other speakers are invited to come forward; please contact Community Solidarity Action NT before or on the day of the rally to verbalise your support and message to the Australian population. 

There will not be a March, but we're gathering the community, keeping the fire alive for big movements.


Regional Events

There are regional events being promoted, largely on social media from Lismore to Townsville and many towns in between. If you live in a regional or rural area and looking for your local Survival Day event, connect with local Indigenous organisations to find out what events are happening near you.


To all you mob outside on Survival Day, remember it's been a long hot summer. Wear sunscreen, drink lots of water and stay safe and look after one another. 


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