Australia Day 2021 was a different program of events due to COVID-19. The essence of the day was about community spirit, and reflecting and unifying as a nation - there was no shortage of inspiring South Australian stories to share. Australia Day means different things to everyone. ADCSA encourages every Australian to acknowledge Australia Day in a way that’s meaningful to them.
While there was a significant change to our 2021 Australia Day program, we still hosted a stellar line up of community events. We combined music, food and performance at the Adelaide Central Market. We brought Rundle Mall to life with a euphony of sounds and sights that told the story of us - we reflected, respected and celebrated through a free daily program of live music, storytelling and participatory art.
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. 'Mourning in the Morning' was a Smoking Ceremony held in Botanic Park.
Aus Day in the Arena was the finale piece in our Australia Day 2021 program and was a time to acknowledge our First Nations peoples, diverse community and heroic frontline workers. 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.
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.
This is the Story of Australia - the story of an extraordinary nation. The Story begins 60,000 years ago. New chapters are written every day. On Australia Day, we reflect on our history, its highs and its lows. We respect the stories of others. And we celebrate our nation, its achievements and most of all, its people. We're all part of the story.
AUS DAY IN THE ARENA
FEATURING BIRDS OF TOKYO
26 January 12:30pm & 6:30pm
Free event. Limited tickets available.
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Enjoy live music by Birds of Tokyo, a mesmerising Welcome to Country, spectacular modern orchestra performance and community parade.
Australia Day 2021 is a time to acknowledge our First Nations peoples, diverse community and heroic frontline workers, risking their own lives to save ours.
We celebrate the Australian spirit, our mateship and our sense of community. We find optimism and hope as we look to the future in a time of unprecedented challenge and change.
Assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.
Supported by a grant from the Government of South Australia.
Aus Diamond Mining
Boomerang International Educational Services
SA Power Networks
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MOURNING IN THE MORNING, SMOKING CEREMONY
26 January 8:00am- 9:00am
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla, the Smoking Ceremony will be presented by 2020 Australian of the Year Award nominee, Zibeon Fielding, and performed by world renowned Senior Elder, Major Sumner.
Guests will also be treated to songs from the heart by Singer Glenn Skuthorpe, truth telling by Rosemary Wanganeen, and traditional dance from Port Augusta’s Dusty Feet Mob.
Guests are invited to join the ceremony by being seated on the earth in physically distanced circles or chairs.
We welcome all Australians to join us in this mesmerising experience.
The event will be streamed on Youtube for those who are unable to attend in person.
The Smoking Ceremony is 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 MARKET
21-23 January 11-2pm daily
Free event. Bookings not required.
Nothing connects us more than food.
Join us at the the markets for live cooking demonstrations by Rosa Matto and Kevin Kropinyeri, an interactive art installation, art and craft workshops by Little Picassos, a traditional Smoking Ceremony and plenty of BBQ inspiration as we reflect, respect and celebrate the stories of us.
Aus Day in the Market is 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 RUNDLE MALL
23-26 January 11-2pm daily
Free event. Bookings not required.
Rundle Mall will come alive this Australia Day with a euphony of sounds and sights that tell the story of us.
Join us in Gawler Place as we reflect, respect and celebrate through a free daily program of live music, storytelling and participatory art.
Aus Day in the Mall is 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.
COVID-19 and Australia Day
We are looking forward to celebrating Australia Day 2021 in South Australia.
Due to COVID-19, we are monitoring the evolving situation and following advice from SA Health.
Final plans for our Australia Day program may be impacted depending on the health situation. We will provide updated information on any further changes soon.
Our priority is to keep the community COVID safe and follow health advice.