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Survival Day 2016

January 26 @ 12:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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January 26 is “Survival Day”, an important time when the community gathers to celebrate the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The day serves to acknowledge and reinforce the present and the future of our cultures.

Survival Day embodies the reality that Indigenous cultures are strong, with much to be positive about despite the negative effects of colonisation.

Proudly hosted by Tandanya NACI and Kura Yerlo Inc., Survival Day 2016 will again be held at the Semaphore Foreshore in Adelaide, with support from the Port Adelaide & Enfield Council

As cited by Tandanya NACI’s CEO Timothy Ritchie, “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.”

Like many observances held across Australia, Tandanya National’s Survival Day will offer free entertainment, presentations, information, workshops and much more.

Commencing at 12.30pm, there will be a full day’s program until 7.30pm, where everyone is invited to bring their family and friends to enjoy a cultural fun-filled day of entertainment culminating in a spectacular fireworks display


11th January 2016

Presenters on the show:
Harry Dare
Stephen Goldsmith
Eddie Peters
Michael Collard

Narisha Cash
Community Arts and Youth Engagement Officer

Narisha discusses the artist line-up and events for Survival Day 2016

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Kura Yerlo
(MEANING: By the Sea)


Kura Yerlo Incorporated is a leading not-for-profit Aboriginal owned and controlled community organisation, which works to achieve its vision of “Walking together for a strong culture and a sustainable future”.

The organisation delivers a plethora of culturally relevant services and programs for Aboriginal community members in the metropolitan area.  With a Children’s Centre, Youth Programs, Aged and Disability Programs, Language and Culture Programs, Healing and Art Programs, Soup Kitchen, Gym and Fitness Programs, this unique organisation is truly, a one-stop shop.

It prides itself in reaching out to the wider community and as such, supports and demonstrates the messages of Reconciliation.


GIVE UP SMOKES FOR GOOD is a campaign supporting Aboriginal people in South Australia to quit smoking and to make our mob healthier.

Smoking rates are high amongst our mob and sadly over double that of everyone else. We are aiming to reduce smoking in our community, and a strong campaign for creating awareness of the dangers of smoking is paramount to this effort.

Supporting events such as Survival Day is also important to our cause, as we invite everyday ambassadors who’ve been influence to quit smoking through our campaign to also encourage their family and friends to Give Up Smokes For Good

For further information on how we can support you on your journey to quit please visit us on Facebook or head over to our website www.giveupsmokesforgood.org.au



Natasha-WanganeenNatasha Wanganeen was born on June 20, 1984 in Maitland, South Australia, Australia and is an internationally renowned actress. Regarded as a triple threat, she is also a talented singer and dancer.

Lucky for us Natasha also lends her incredible energy as an MC and has led numerous festivals and functions, most recently bringing her contagious, effervescent energy to the Spirit Festival Concert 2015. As a screen actress, Natasha first gain notable interest early in her career through her role in Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) and the movies ‘Australian Rules’ and ‘Black and White.’

In 2004 she was awarded the ‘Young Actor of the Year AFI Award’ for her role in the acclaimed TV mini-series “Jessica.”

The same year Natasha appeared in the short film “Through My Eyes – The Lindy Chamberlain Story” and as part of the Melbourne International Festival in the short film “She Say” directed by Leah Purcell. As a performer in demand, she also flew to the UK to open ‘Bullie’s House by Thomas Keneally, performing in Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London.

With live theatre in her blood, Natasha has further honed her acting credentials all over Australia to appreciative audiences.

In 2007, she performed in ‘The Estimator’ with the Queensland Theatre Company; held a lead role in ‘Holy Day’ (2003) & ‘Troupers’ (2007) with Sydney Theatre Company, and played a role in ‘Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui’ as part of the Darwin Festival in 2011. Natahsa has also acted to great reviews in “Shadow King,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ who is Aboriginal and his Kingdom is the Outback, for the Malthouse Theatre Company, Melbourne in 2013.

But wherever her acting takes her, Port Adelaide will always be home and we are blessed to have her MC at Survival Day 2016.


Harry-Coultard-DareThis amazing 28 year old sister-girl originally hails from the Flinders Ranges and has been around media and the arts since a very young age. Since the early 90’s Harry has also had a close connection with Tandanya through her own performances, painting and crafting mosaics.

Currently Harry works as a popular radio announcer for Nunga Wangga Radio at Radio Adelaide, meeting and interviewing numerous indigenous and non-indigenous actors and performers with great pleasure. During her time studying media in Darwin, Harry produced two national radio shows and most recently hosted this year’s Blak Nite, her first foray back on stage in 10 years, before hosting Nungay Nite at Tandanya as part of Feast Festival 2015.

A well-known and loved identity of the Adelaide landscape, we are honoured to have Harry MC for Survival Day 2016.




ELECTRIC FIELDS are two feminine brothers combining modern electric-soul music with ancient Indigenous culture.

What happens when you take the edges of gender and culture then meet at the cross section?

Elegantly coupling Anangu language and English in their soon-to-be-released debut EP SHADE AWAY,  these girly boys are in the business of bypassing barriers that will leave the world instantly hooked.

Writing as a duoElectric Fields brings together Zaachariah Fielding’s lead vocal that takes soul to the stratosphere and Michael Ross’ true inventiveness as producer.  Think Daft Punk meets Deep Forest, with the fearlessness of Nina Simone. Individually, they’ve experienced highlights prior to collaborating, with Michael Ross’ original song Equal Love being used online by Gay Marriage USA. Whilst in the former duo ZK, Zaachariah Fielding so impressed the Australian television audiences they made it to the Grand Final of ‘The Voice’ and had an ARIA charting single with their take on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine.’

With a music video and two short documentaries already in the pipeline, ELECTRIC FIELDS know what freedom is…and perform with no fear.


Catherine-CarterCatherine Carter hails from Adelaide and is a young emerging Aboriginal singer and songwriter who plays acoustic guitar with heart and soul.

She sites Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin as her inspiration with any soulful voices being a strong influence.

Throughout her career Catherine has performed at Survival Day 2014/2015, Nunkuwarrin Yunti Family Day plus other important community events, which have extended interstate.

Thanks to her new management her profile is rising fast and we all get to be a part of her musical journey at Survival Day 2016!



Bec-GollanBec Gollan began her musical journey at age 11 as bass player with her father Alf Gollan’s band ‘Aces Wild’ that saw her travelling all over Australia to various country music festivals. By the age of 15, she recorded her first original song, “Daddy” at CAAMA studios, Northern Territory after her father sadly passed away.

A Ngarrindjeri mimini from South Australia, Bec studied music at The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM), Adelaide University, where she performed as a bass Player and singer in various CASM bands and also began her solo performances.

She continued her passion for song writing and formed her first ‘all original music’ band called ‘Playground,’ who she performed with 1999 at the “Raukkan Centenary Corroboree” in Raukkan, South Australia in 1999.

In 2011, Bec was a finalist in the APRA Professional Development Awards for her song writing, followed by the win of the Encouragement Award in the SCALA FOOM Competition.

In more recent years she has performed solo at Survival Day, Nunkawarrin Yunti Family Day and other important community events. Citing her beloved father as a major influence, Bec also lists other artists with soulful voices, such as Bernard Fanning, Ben Harper, Missy Higgins and Janis Joplin as her idols. To listeners Bec’s lyrics are described to be all heart and soul with stories addressing her love for family and life that reaches out and touches her fans. Her captivating voice has been described as being made up of a thousand colours, with unique smoky textures that audiences love and adore.


Tempestt-Sumner-LovettTempestt Sumner-Lovett is a 25 year old Indigenous Woman from South Australia. Since the age of 8 she has been performing, starting out with her parent’s band that took her all over Australia and Canada.

Growing up Tempestt has become a singer/song writer and self-taught guitarist in her own right, developing her own music as a solo artist for the last eight years.

In 2010 Tempest toured with Out Blak Adventures travelling to various Aboriginal communities, where she shared through music real life stories of ‘coming out’ along with others who also had stories to tell. In doing so, Out Blak Adventures won a Ruby award for Community Impact under $100,000.

Tempestt’s songs are described as love ballads and have been said to have touched the hearts of people who come to watch her play. Her inspiration and motivation comes from everyday events that she’s been witness to or had been through herself, and the heartache and joy that love brings.

Tempestt most recently performed at Nungay Nite 2015 as part of Feast Festival. We can’t wait to hear her sweet tones again at Survival Day 2016.


Allan-SumnerAllan is a Ngarrindjeri Kaurna Yankunytjatjara man from South Australia born in Adelaide in 1975. Passionate about his Aboriginal heritage, he released his debut album “Deeper Love” in 2011 which beautifully reflected his deep love and pride for his culture and family.

Inspired by the sounds of blues, roots, rock & reggae, Allan has performed at several music festivals such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Tamworth Music Festival NSW, the Spirit Festival, the Semaphore Music Festival and the Gorgeous Festival and of course Survival Day just to name a few.

The development of his style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. Growing up in a musical family meant Allan was always surrounded by different forms of music. His father was a singer, guitarist and harmonica player with an ear for the blues, exposing him to a wealth of music all of which later influenced his development as a performer.

Allan’s first foray into learning an instrument was at the age of 13 when he started playing the guitar. He then learnt to play the Yidaki (Didgeridoo), prized for their deep, dark textured acoustics, with the traditional sounds known to be the most difficult style to master. It wasn’t long before he began experimenting, combining the Yidaki, his guitar with a looping machine, whilst drawing on the musical influence of his favourite bands, including Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes, the Eagles and the Beatles.

With a mesh of musical influences, today Allan is well known for his unique contemporary sounds with new album release expected in March 2016.


Eddie-PetersEddie Peters is an accomplished musician, dancer and singer/songwriter, with a long performance history of playing in many different idioms.

Performing at WOMADelaide 2001; the Yeperenye Federation Festival in Alice Springs, 2001; in Japan at the International Friendship Festival – and playing as a soloist, a duo, trio, and many different band line-ups with other great musicians, Eddie brings his unique and special brand of Islander music to the stage. His song Tamilla received international recognition when it was awarded the International World Music Best Song in 2008.

Eddie has continued to enrich Adelaide Nunga’s and the broader community in Adelaide and beyond with Torres Strait Island culture, history, music and dance for more than 20 years, and has twice been the recipient of the Aboriginal catholic Ministry Award for Services to Community.

A few years ago he was the invited guest speaker for the International Ethnomusicology Conference in Mexico, and his most recent travels overseas took him to the Xiamen Province in China, as and invited performer for the China Australia Entrepreneurs Association.

We can’t wait to hear Eddie perform at Survival Day 2016.


Michael-ColbungMichael Colbung is Wongatha, Nyoongah Ngaanyatjara man with strong connection to the Wirangu, Kookatha and Mirning people.

He can be found usually out front of the eminent Aboriginal Islander band “the MERRg” and is also known as the founding bass man for band “The Molting Vulture”

Michael has come a long way from the ‘money for bread days” jamming at the Far West Aboriginal Sports Complex to performing at some of Australia’s biggest Festivals like ‘The Dreaming’ and ‘One Movement’ festivals alongside the likes of Warren H Williams, Troy Casser-Daly, No Fixed Address, Coloured Stone, The Pigram Brother.

Yadu, Palya…Deadly


Nuthin-YetNuh-thin’Yet was founded by lead rhythm guitarist and vocalist Verle Williams who recruited fellow musicians Andrew (AJ) Davis, also rhythm guitarist, vocals and Drummer Matthew Hein along with bass guitarist Phil Allen to form a four-piece band.

Their original intention of “No Covers – Originals Only,” which they have remained steadfast to since they formed, first saw Nuh-thin’Yet perform at Survival Day 2015, followed Spirit Festival Concert 2015.

As many Nuh-thin’ Yet fans would know, their band has a strong association with CASM that goes back more than 20 years. Both guitarists (Verle and AJ) are former students.

Together they can’t wait to blow the audience away again at Survival Day 2016. Get ready for it!



Vonda Last is a Ngaanyatjarra singer songwriter and a current cast member of “Pecan Summer” – Australia’s first Indigenous opera.

Given that maintenance of Indigenous languages through music is a strong passion and central to her work, Vonda also works with community choirs and school music programs.

Last year she released her first single, For Love of Country, which was performed at the Primary Schools’ Music Festival and Spirit Festival to great acclaim.

As one of South Australia’s most important songwriters and performers we are honoured to have Vonda share her special talent with us on Survival Day.


EskatologyJono Stier aka Eskotology (meaning: an end for all things or Armageddon) is of Aboriginal, German and Yugoslavian background.

He started out listening to hip-hop at the age of nine and began writing and recording from the age of twelve. By age 19 he launched his first mix tape and was young shadow fixture on the Adelaide underground hip-hop scene.

His unique music delivers thought provoking conscious rhymes, touching on racism, political tyranny, religious searches, cultural view, struggles in life and emotional barriers, taking you on a personal “Eskatology” journey through the ups and downs of life experiences.



Tilly-ThomasTilly Thomas is a 13 year old singer songwriter and guitarist who started performing in 2015 at arts and cultural events, including the showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Arts Festival: Blak Nite.

Her song writing and performance is inspired by her Nukunu and Ngadjuri roots and driven by strong reinterpretation and blending of country, folk and pop music.





Kineman-KarmaKineman Karma is a 6 Piece Rock Reggae Funk Ska Band established during 2000.

Song Writer Lead Vocal and Guitarist Ringo RIGNEY since the age of 12 has documented Ngarrindjeri Culture in this contemporary form using Reggae music as the vehicle to convey messages of Ngarrindjeri Dreaming Stories, Political and social issues and Reconciliation.

Kineman Karma has won 2x South Australia Music Industry Awards for Best Indigenous Act and Most Popular Indigenous Act.

The Bands line up is a mix of Aboriginal and Caucasian members.

Kineman Karma’s performance set is very audience interactive and always aims to provide a Polished Professional Performance for all to enjoy!


HubCap-BandJust when you thought that hubcaps were made only for cars, now they are suddenly the new guitars!

Hubcap is driven by performance duo Ringo RIGNEY and Trevor Swain, who offer a unique style of “Hubcap Slide Rock Blues” fused with messages learnt from leading the life of a musician.

With lyrics and musical arrangements by Ringo and Trevor revving a big drumming engine sound, fasten your seatbelts as the Hubcap Band guarantee it’s gonna be a wild ride!



Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Inc

Kurruru-LogoKurruru, meaning ‘circle’ in local Kaurna language, is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth performing arts companies committed to supporting the ongoing maintenance of culture, community and identity. Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Inc (Kurruru) is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth performing arts program. It is committed to supporting the ongoing maintenance of culture, community and identity through the provision of quality performing arts opportunities for children, young people and their communities.

Working through a diverse array of performing art forms including; dance, song, circus, music and comedy, informed by innovative community cultural development practices, Kurruru is a nationally recognised leader in the creation of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performance.


January 26
12:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Narisha Cash
(08) 82243203


Semaphore Foreshore
Cnr of Esplanade & Semaphore Road
Semaphore, SA 5019 Australia
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(08) 82243200