On the 26th January, 2014, the seventh annual Belgrave Survival Day event will once again celebrate Indigenous culture and the survival of Australia’s first people through 225 years of white settlement. This year we welcome Multi-Award winning and legendary Australian musician, the incomparable Archie Roach, who will be playing from his large back catalogue as well as some new songs from his award winning album ‘Into the Bloodstream’ . Also gracing the stage of Survival Day will be Joe Geia from Northern Queensland, Gnarnayarrahe Waitiarie (Uncle Joey), Khan on didgeridoo, traditional dancing and engaging speakers. Hosted again by the fabulous MC Leila Gurruwiwi of the Marngrook Footy Show, this year’s festival will include special acknowledgment of the 100th anniversary of WW1 Indigenous war service, and frontier wars.
The Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony will be led by Wurundjeri elder and educator, Uncle Bill Nicholson. The Jindi Woraback dance troupe will perform a series of traditional dances and invite the audience to join in. Putting a contemporary spin on the day, the Live to the Beat hip hop crew will bring their dance with attitude to the Belgrave Survival Day stage.
There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids busy with indigenous storytelling, fun music and dance, tucker workshops with Uncle Phil, art and craft opportunities and more.
Soak up the atmosphere on a picnic rug in front of the stage or a stroll around the market and information stalls. There will be a sausage sizzle with vegan options available, a coffee van and ice cream van. This event is alcohol-free. The Yarra Ranges Regional Museum will have a mobile museum set up, bringing to light the story of the “Battle Of Yering” a conflict between local Wurundjeri peoples and Police in 1840 at Yering Station homestead. The event will be simulcasts on 3MDR 97.1 FM and 3CR 855AM.
When: 26th January 2014 Time: 12 noon – 4.30pm Where: Borthwick Park (next to Belgrave Pool) Benson St, Belgrave. Melway reference 75/F11
The event is organised by a committee of volunteers and we invite new volunteers to help with preparations for the festival or to assist on the day.
Please catch public transport as the parking spaces are limited.