Australia Day 2021
Aus Day in the Market
Nothing connects us more than food. Aus Day in the Market delivered the stories of us through intercultural conversations, cooking demonstrations and performances in lead up to Australia Day from Thursday 21 January to Saturday 23 January 2021 in the Adelaide Central Market. This inaugural activation to the Aus Day program featured shared stories on food and culture from 31 of our diverse community organisations across our state.
Aus Day in the Market was presented in partnership with the City of Adelaide, Adelaide Central Market and SA Power Networks, with support from the Australian Government, National Australia Day Council, and supported by a grant from the Government of South Australia.
Aus Day in the Mall
Rundle Mall came alive in the lead up to Australia Day with a euphony of sights and sounds that told the story of us. This inaugural activation opened on Saturday 23 January and ran until Tuesday 26 January 2021.
We reflected, respected and celebrated through a free daily program of live music, storytelling and participatory art. Over 25 intercultural community organisations were featured across this 4 day program truly representing our diverse story of South Australia and our nation.
Aus Day in the Mall was presented in partnership with the City of Adelaide, Boomerang International Educational Services and SA Power Networks, with support from the Australian Government, National Australia Day Council, and supported by a grant from the Government of South Australia.
Mourning in the Morning - Smoking Ceremony
Once again, we have delivered with the upmost compassion the Mourning in the Morning Smoking Ceremony curated by First Nations Producer and Open Circle Discussion Group. The morning of 26 January provided a meaningful example of what it can look like when we open our minds and hearts and hear First Nations people speak about truth telling. This powerful ceremony brings people together to own our past and honour our First Nations People - their struggle and future hopes.
This year the First Nations artists involved were chosen for their unique voices within the performing arts and music industries. The involvement of Glenn Skuthorpe and Dusty Feet Mob brought new and enlightening talent to the stage. Their presentations, stories and songs were relevant in story and content prompting audiences to be further embedded with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander factual events.
The formal Welcome to Country was delivered by Kaurna Elder, Lynette Crocker and Uncle Moogy Sumner, Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri Leader and Elder. The Master of Ceremony was Zibeon Fielding an Anangu man living here in Adelaide and Mimili, and SA State Recipient Young Australian of the Year 2020. We at the ADCSA are proud to be part of making this ceremony a fixture to the Australia Day events and honour our first nations contributors and leaders involved.
The Mourning in the Morning Smoking Ceremony was presented in partnership with SA Power Networks, City of Adelaide and SARAH Constructions with support from the Australian Government, National Australia Day Council, and supported by a grant from the Government of South Australia.
Aus Day in the Arena
From roof-raising performances by Birds of Tokyo and a 15-piece multicultural orchestra to a mesmerising Welcome to Country and a parade honouring our essential workers, Aus Day in the Arena was a fitting way to kick off 2021. Two performances and a limited capacity meant our audiences could enjoy live music in a spectacular arena setting – many for the first time since Covid restrictions came in last year.
Aus Day in the Arena was presented in partnership with Aus Diamond Mining, Boomerang International Educational Services, SA Power Networks and Vili's with support from the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council and supported by a grant from the Government of South Australia.
SA Australia Day Community Events
There was other ways to mark this Australia Day by getting out in your local community in a COVID safe way, supporting local community groups and businesses. Discover Australia Day events that occurred across South Australia by viewing the full program here