Belgrave Survival Day 26th January 2015
Casey Donovan, Celebrating Survival and Caring for Country
On Monday the 26th January, 2015, the eighth annual Belgrave Survival Day event will once again celebrate Indigenous culture and the survival of Australia’s first people through 226 years of white settlement. This year’s festival will focus on the theme of Caring for Country, and always is a free and family friendly event. This year we are graced with the presence of Casey Donovan, singer, actor and author, the 2004 Australian Idol winner, and winner and nominee of several awards including ARIAs and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent.
Also taking the stage of Survival Day will be Miss Hood, described by JJJ as the femme fatale of Melbourne’s Aboriginal Hip Hop, Chachi, a Melbourne Soul-Pop artist, the Legendary Joe Geia from Northern Queensland, and Gnarnayarrahe Waitiarie (Uncle Joey) who will perform a Didgeridoo meditation. There will also be traditional dancing and engaging speakers, all hosted again by the fabulous MC Leila Gurruwiwi of the Marngrook Footy Show.
The Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony will be led by Wurundjeri elder and educator, Uncle Bill Nicholson, followed by traditional dances performed by ‘Alinta’ where the audience will be invited to join in.
We are excited that this year, as a part of our theme ‘Caring for Country, we are organising a Walk to Survival Day which will start in the carpark at Belgrave Station and walk to Borthwick Park. Keep an eye out for information about this on our Facebook and webpage.
There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids (and adults) busy with indigenous storytelling, fun music and dance, art and craft opportunities and more, including a demonstration of the origins of Australian Football by renowned author Jim Poulter.
Soak up the atmosphere on a picnic rug in front of the stage or a stroll around the market and information stalls. Catering for all food requirements, including bush tucker will be available. This event is alcohol-free.
Due to parking limitations around the park we will also have a shuttle bus service running from Belgrave Station Parking Lot to the Park every 15-30 minutes depending on demand. We strongly encourage people as a part of Caring for Country to catch public transport or Carpool.
The Yarra Ranges Regional Museum will explore the theme ‘Caring for Country’ through a unique relationship between William Barak and a local wine family during the late nineteenth century. The de Pury family from Yeringberg shared a boundary with Coranderrk and Barak spent time with the family hunting, painting and exchanging gifts. Together they negotiated these exchanges in the context of Wurundjeri dispossession, the rise of Coranderrk and the establishment of the wine industry in the Yarra Valley. The display will preview an upcoming exhibition at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, happening in August 2015.
The event will be simulcasts on 3MDR 97.1 FM and 3CR 855AM.
For further information or comment please do not hesitate to contact Bonnie Zuidland via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details of the event can also be found at our website www.belgravesurvivalday.org
When: 26th January 2014 Time: 12 noon – 4.30pm Where: Borthwick Park (next to Belgrave Pool) Benson St, Belgrave. Melways 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.