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.