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January 21, 2021
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Survival Day 2021 at Tandanya

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

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  • Main image: Sonz of Serpent (credit: Jimblah)
  • Image 2: Nancy Bates (supplied)
  • Image 3: Yellaka (credit: Aubrey Jonsson)
  • Image 4: Nathan May (supplied)

The Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in the CBD’s East End has been a pillar of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community since it was founded in 1989, celebrating Indigenous stories through art, music and dance.


Survival Day 2021
1pm ’til 7pm Tuesday, 26 January
253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide 5000

This is a free event at Tandanya, but you must reserve tickets. More info here.

This year it’s hosting the annual Survival Day event on 26 January, with the aim to bring together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities – and the wider South Australian population – while instilling a sense of “Still Surviving, Still Thriving”.

From 1pm ’til 7pm, musicians such as indie-roots singer Nathan May and hip hop rap group Sonz of Serpent, as well as dance collectives such as the Dusty Feet Mob and Yellaka, will take to the indoor stage.

(As an aside Letisha Ackland from Music SA has compiled a playlist of SA and national First Nations musicians on the theme of “Everyday Survival”, which you can access here.)

The Tandanya event will be emceed by activist and actor Natasha Wanganeen and SA’s 2020 Young Australian of the Year Zibeon Fielding.

“The acknowledgment of Survival Day is paramount to our culture, to ensure our community is further strengthened and empowered by all we embrace and stand for,” Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute CEO Dennis Stokes says in a statement.

Find more information at the event page.

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