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Our Survival Day 2022 - Reconnection

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A family-friendly community event presented by Our Songlines

Our Survival Day 2022 - Reconnection is proudly presented by Our Songlines, a 100% Aboriginal-owned and woman-led organisation that is passionate about making Indigenous culture accessible to First Nations and allies alike, in a supportive, safe environment.

Our Survival Day 2022 will be held on Wednesday 26th January 2022 in a culturally safe and environmentally friendly space set in The Briars, Mt Martha on Bunurong land, of the Boon Wurrung Language Group within the Kulin Nation, amongst Indigenous plants, trees, birds, and habitat for wildlife.

Held from midday, the theme of Our Survival Day 2022 is reconnection - to mob, to ceremony, to song, to dance, to earth, to community, to culture. In alignment with this theme, and the Our Songlines values which are ingrained in protecting and reconnecting to Mother Earth, this year's event is set to be the most sustainable yet!

You will feel the connection as soon as you walk onto Bunurong land: be welcomed by the trees, the birds, the First Nations musical voices, the smell of Indigenous bush foods, friends enjoying picnics and playing games, cultural workshops, dancing, families of diverse backgrounds and many activities to participate in at your leisure.

The day will commence with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony. The Master of Ceremonies for the day will be the incredible Jony Berry. A man of Palawa and Portuguese heritage, Jony was the first Aboriginal person to represent Australia at the Mr World competition, using his platform as a model and performer to advocate for causes close to his heart.

Eventgoers will then be invited to:

Reconnect to song and dance

The all First Nations line-up includes:

  • Ganga Giri, a didgeridoo virtuoso and innovator who fuses this ancient instrument with electronic production and vocals.

  • Miss Hood, an Aboriginal Hip Hop artist who has been in the game for over 12 years now and is all about giving hope and strength to her people.

  • Jalgany, the new name for the Nola Lauch Band, who formed in 2014 on the Mornington Peninsula, writing songs and performing at local venues and festivals.

  • Chasing Ghosts, an Aboriginal led punk rock band.

  • Caution, a writer, poet and hip hop performer.

  • Nartarsha Bamblett, a facilitator and storyteller here to give power, magic and medicine from her soul connection.

    Reconnect to culture:

  • Local Aboriginal man Sean from Living Culture will be your guide to the secrets of the Briars, focussing on bush food, medicinal plants and traditional understanding.

  • Our Songlines will also have fun creative activities for the young ones - and the young at heart.

  • Cooee Cafe will be serving authentic Indigenous foods, flavours and dishes alongside regular Australian cuisine.

  • For all those sweet tooths, Jala Jala Treats have got you covered with an immersion of traditional chocolates mixed with Australian bush food blends.

  • There will also be a free BBQ available.

    Reconnect to earth:

    We know that everything is interconnected, and with that in mind, Our Songlines will be adopting green initiatives to ensure that this event is their most sustainable yet!

    Our Survival Day vendors, artists, stallholders and workshops will be caring for country by using environmentally responsible packaging, materials, and saying no single-use plastics. Our Songlines will also be planting trees to offset their carbon emissions from the event. You will find bins around the event, including composting and recycling, to reduce waste consumption as much as possible.

    You are encouraged to bring your reusable items with you including your keep cup, a drink bottle which you can fill up on the day, and of course, a bag to store your goodies purchased on the day supporting Blak businesses.


    Reconnect to community:

    What would a community event be without getting to take home some deadly cultural creations from some of our favourite entrepreneurs!

  • Deadly Wears Clothing Brand is the inspiration from two cousins, Hollie and Katherine, with the support from Katherine's partner Jakob. Katherine and Hollie are two proud Gunaikurnai, Monero Ngarigo women who live on Gunaikurnai country.

  • Salt & Sand Candles offer hand-poured soy candles with a crystal-infused twist.

  • Wunyun offers ancient Victorian aroma products that have been passed down from generation to generation. Wunyun also offers a range of cultural healing services.

  • Our Dilly Bag connects allies directly to Indigenous-owned and led products, events and information.

  • Jala Jala Treats is a business dedicated to the celebration of Australia's native flavours.

    With a focus on Indigenous education, cultural entertainment, food and sustainability through the theme of 'Reconnection', there will be something for everyone to enjoy on Our Survival Day 2022.

    Check out the full program of events and plan your experience at

    For all the latest news and event announcements, please follow @oursonglines on Facebook and @oursurvivalday on Instagram.

    General Admission tickets can be purchased now on Eventbrite for $38.01 (including a $3.01 booking fee).

    All funds collected are used to bring this event to life, with all profits going towards the 'Connected Mob Indigenous Youth Mentor Program'.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Children under 13 receive free entry. Secure free tickets here.

    Please note all eventgoers will be subject to check-in and proof of vaccination according to Victorian State Government Requirements.

    Our Songlines ensures that all activity selection, supervision and management practices are child safe.


    Getting to the event/transport:

  • Free shuttle buses will be collecting people from Nairm Marr Djambana in Frankston, Main Street Mornington and Rosebud Memorial Hall.

  • Please register for your preferred location, time will be confirmed closer to the date.

  • Limited free parking is available on site, however, you are encouraged to rideshare with friends and family, bike to the event, catch public transport, or use other alternative transport options to reduce the environmental impact of the day and connect to the country you are on.

    Our Survival Day 2022 is fully funded and organised by the community and was only made possible with the incredible support, donations and sponsorship of many local businesses.

    Our Survival Day is also supported by Etch Sparkling, Coastal Cottage Creative, Taskforce, Dopeman and the list keeps growing!

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    When: Wed., 26 January 2022 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEDT
    Where: The Briars 450 Nepean Highway Mount Martha, VIC 3934
    Cost: $0 $38.01
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