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Survival Day 2017

January 26 @ 11:00 am - 6:30 pm



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 presented by Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute,  [Give Up Smokes For Good] & Kura Yerlo, Survival Day 2017 will again be held at the Semaphore Foreshore in Adelaide.

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, Survival Day will offer free entertainment, children’s activities, presentations, information, workshops and much more.

Commencing at 11am until 6.30pm, there is a fun filled day planned of including a live concert hosted by Natasha Wanganeen featuring the likes of Electric Fields, Hannah Yates, Big Sexy, Jessica Wishart, Traditional Dance performed by Tal-kin-jeri and Kurruru Youth Performing Arts, arts & craft and food stalls, children’s activities and Tandanya’s Gallery pop up store.

Thanks to the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council the day will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display from 9.30pm.

Survival Day Performers

Rita & Michael Lindsay

Both visual and performing artists from Coorong Rita Lindsay a singer/songwriter and guitarist and Michael Lindsay an accomplished drummer and also plays the clapping sticks have performed together for several years, appearing at NAIDOC & Reconciliation events, Health Expo’s, Council events, Conferences and Festivals.

On stage – 11.35am

Big Sexy

Big Sexy aka Michael Collard captures his audience with humour, humbleness, soulful vocals and hard hitting inspirational lyrics that are always classy and on point. From slow ballads to hip hop bangers, he breathes new life through a musical roller coaster mashup of Indigenous Hip Hop-RnB-Pop and Soul that rides into one big, beautiful performance.

On Stage – 12.15pm

Noel Bridge

The hallmark of Noel Bridge and his band is the presentation of songs and sounds that are a striking blend of new country and easy-listening rock ballads. His music is unique in its style, with lyrics that ooze appreciation for people, culture, places and contemporary working life in Australia.

On Stage – 2.10pm

Jessica Wishart

Jessica is a Country/Folk style singer songwriter who writes and performs songs inspired by her love of music, family and culture. Determined to become a notable performer, Jessica has already penned songs that are close to her heart – one written about her son and another about her grandmother and her positive influence she has had on her life – touching the audience with their great emotion.

On Stage – 2.50pm

Hannah Yates

Hannah Yates is a young singer songwriter from Adelaide’s North who is fast making a name for herself on the local music scene.  Interweaving the genres of folk and soul, playing either nylon string guitar, auto harp or cello she seamlessly performs her original music – including pieces in honour of The Stolen Generation – and cover songs from the 60s and 70s, from the likes of Joni Mitchell and The Kinks who have heavily influenced her musical style.

On Stage – 3.30pm

Electric Fields

In a seamless merging of pop, electronic and soul music, Electric Fields features the rare and beautiful voice of Zaachariaha Fielding – who ‘takes soul to the stratosphere’ – with the brilliance of music producer Michael Ross.

On Stage – 4.50pm

Kahl Wallis

Lead singer and songwriter for Indie/Alternative band The Medics and now a solo performer who wowed audiences at Spirit Festival 2016, Kahl Wallis is a young Aboriginal man on a mission.  In 2014, Kahl decided to strip back into raw acoustic mode to explore his songwriting and cultural roots landing him the Dreaming Award at the National Indigenous Art Awards 2015.

On Stage – 5.30pm

Yorke Band

Four young men from hailing from the Yorke Peninsula, Ben Wanganeen, Zakari Raymond, Zac Butler and Caleb Raymond have been performing original music that promotes messages of pride and protest. Since joining together they’ve lent their voice to issues of social and community importance around South Australia.

On Stage – 6.10pm


January 26
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Jacqui Clarke
8224 3217


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