Location Map  Event Program

Tuesday 25 January from 5.30pm Nerang Pool, Commonwealth Park

Join us on Ngunnawal Country in the evening for a meaningful First Nations twilight event. 

Be sure to check back in as we release the full program of events and performances.  

 

Caravan Stage- Ferry Gate, Nerang Pool

5.45pm: Mark Atkins

Acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players, Mark Atkins is also recognized internationally for his collaborative projects with some of the world’s leading composers and musicians. A descendant of Western Australia’s Yamitji people, as well as of Irish/Australian heritage, Mark Atkins is known not only for his masterly playing, but also as a storyteller, composer, percussionist, visual artist and instrument maker. 

6.15pm: Nancy Bates with Gugan Gulwan Youth Ensemble 

With a rare vunerability, Nancy Bates bares herself through deep dived words, and a voice that can only be described as pure soul.  Considered one of the best singer / songwriters in Australia today by national treasure Archie Roach, Bates musical growth is simply undeniable.  Her songs are pure emotion, a gift to the human spirit.

7.00pm: Sachém 

North Stradbroke Island local, Sachém is an artist whose intellect and creativity reaches new levels. The rapper, singer, and spoken-word poet has played at Yonder Festival in 2020 and Mountain Goat Valley Crawl 2021, fans who see Sachém live can expect to be enamoured by a "young indigenous man, conflicted and exhausted, amidst a turbulent battle of ego, monetary gain and self-discovery" which manifests in a theatrical and emotive performance.

7.45pm: Monica Moore

The powerhouse, soulful vocals from amazing First Nations artist Monica Moore are infused with bluesy jazz in this laidback set.

8.30pm: Stiff Gins 

One of Australia's best known and most loved Indigenous music acts, the Stiff Gins will entrance you with their heartfelt songs and emotive performances. Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs combine stunning harmonies and wicked humour to transport you to a world of joy, spirit and song.

 

Dance Circle- Nerang Pool 

6.00pm: Mulleun Dreaming

Mulleun Dreaming was established in honour of the late Kingswell Carl Brown, a proud Ngunnawal Murringe man who devoted his life to caring and representing Country. He was a major leader in Canberra with much influence, respect and integrity, who could say a million words without even whispering one. Mulleun Dreaming continues his legacy, led by the passionate Justine Carla Brown, in supporting community through Traditional Dance performances and workshops, Yarning Circles and Cultural Walks. 

7.00pm: The Wiradjuri Echoes

The Wiradjuri Echoes are a prominent presence in Canberra and the surrounding communities, showcasing Wiradjuri Dance, having performed for the likes of the Prime Minister of Australia, the King and Queen of Sweden, and more importantly, have impressed the hardest of crowds - pre-schoolers! These striking traditional dancers share their culture through engaging and vibrant performances.

8.00pm: Muggera

The Muggera family group prides itself on its cultural knowledge and professionalism and come from a long line of cultural leaders and world-class performers with a formidable respect for culture. Guided by their Elders and community, they share culture and set a new standard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performance and engagement in Australia.

 

Wednesday 26 January from 10.30am Commonwealth Park

On 26 January, the program will begin at 10.30am and will feature engaging displays of cultural diversity across multiple stages and food tents located at Commonwealth Park. 

Be sure to check back in as we release the full program of events and performances.  

 

Arts Workshop Tent - Kangaroo Pond Lawns 

Discover workshops for the family to enjoy.  Dale Huddleston hosts an artistic and collaborative hands artwork workshop from 11:00am-1:00pm with calico painting for all ages - session times apply . Be sure to get the kids involved in the Gugan Gulwan Youth Artist Artifacts Workshop from 11:30am-1:00pm - session times apply. Make your way through the Indigenous Art Market from 10:30am, which represents an incredible gathering of indigenous creatives.  

Music fans will be entertained by an exciting line-up of performers across the day. 

 

Main Stage

10:30am: Prosperous Mountain Dragon and Lion Dance

Asian lion dance, dragon dance and martial arts performances including Canberra's own Fearless the 18 m long Singaporean dragon performing to the sounds of Asian percussion.

11:00am: Michael Simic & Yerikye Williams with Aunty Maria Williams

Michael Simic the Balkan Elvis will join with Wiradjuri rock’n’roller Jerikye Williams on a smooth musical journey where their effortless musicianship and charisma will light up the stage, performing classics and original songs, with special guest appearance by Aunty Maria Williams.

11:45am: Funky Trop

Get ready to move with groovy six-piece Latin-funk band Funky Trop, mixing Latin grooves and Afro-Amercian funk, with their unique energy and highly eclectic show. This exciting six piece latin band features stellar and eclectic Nigerian born Adanna Obinna on vocals. FunkyTrop always presents a highly danceable show bringing the cultural roots of Latin-Funk to the ears of their crowds.

12:30pm: Zambezi Sounds

The diverse artists feature contemporary African music group Zambezi Sounds a 5-piece Canberra based band playing a vibrant mix of contemporary and traditional African music. Their repertoire includes instrumental music with great dance rhythms and vocal pieces, stories and songs, both serious and light-hearted and reggae. This is a band that has audiences on their feet, pushing back the chairs in venue halls

1:30pm: Voli K featuring KG & Mark Atkins

Voli K is a soul-infused singer, songwriter and performer whose personal story of being born albino into a First Nations family in Fiji and facing merciless bullying has inspired his songwriting and dynamic live performances. Embracing universal themes about overcoming adversity and setting course on your own mission through his music, Voli K will be joined by local hip hop artist and rapper KG, and one of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players, Mark Atkins to perform an exciting collaboration on the song 'Movin".

2:40pm: Taikoz

Australia’s internationally acclaimed drumming ensemble, the award winning Taikoz will deliver an exhilarating experience of Japanese taiko with infectious rhythms and explosive energy coupled with meditative grace.

3:45pm: Lolo Lovina & Mark Atkins

Lolo Lovina (‘Red Beer’) is an intoxicating brew infused with Unza, Swing and Balkan Gypsy beats created & fronted by Romani- Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak. Lolo Lovina`s music reflects the cosmopolitan identity of an artist, who grew up with three native cultures. The charming and passionate performance of their charismatic singer makes each concert a unique experience. Featuring Leonid Beshlei on keys and sax, Sam Golding on trumpet, John Hibbard on trombone, Nenad Radic on drums, George Nikolopoulos on bass and Nikos Sousamidis on guitar. This Australia Day, Lolo Lovina are honoured to be joined by renowned Yamitji Didgeridoo player Mark Atkins.

 

Dance Stage

10:40am: Canberra Celtic Pipe Band and Dance School

The Canberra Celtic Pipe Band and Dance School is a community based and family-oriented band. Founded in 2001, band members wear the Irish National Tartan and perform Irish and Scottish tunes and dances. The band is unusual, being the only pipe band in Australia in that some band members playing instruments also dance.

11:10am: Jim Sharrock & Imaginary Friends

Join Lucky Jim and His Imaginary Friends performing his new album ‘There’s something stinky in the fridge and other family favourites’. It's perfect for children aged between 0 and 117 years of age. Lucky Jim has been playing and teaching music for over 20 years. When he's not touring, he is teaching in primary schools here in Canberra or running music workshops for organisations such as Young Music Society or Música Viva. For the last five years Jim has been playing music for kids in schools around Australia in a show with the band Doctor Stovepipe. It’s a Música Viva show that follows musical trails around the world, exploring how music changes as it travels through space and time.    ​

11:35am:  Pacific Island Medley

Pacific Island traditional dance medley paying ode to the ancient song and dance of Polynesia.

12:30pm Super Rats

Super Rats take you on a hijacked musical taxi ride through the backstreets of Bucharest. At the heart of the band is the cimbalom – a ramshackle 145-stringed Austro-Hungarian contraption that sounds like the offspring of a honkytonk piano and a xylophone. Blistering accordion, sinuous violin, and thumping double bass complete this award-winning group.

1:15pm Flamenkisimo, featuring special guest Pepa Molina

This mesmerising ensemble will showcase Andalusian dance and music. Flamenkisimo are delighted to include a performance from special guest dancer - Pepa Molina, who has had a most notable career both in Spain and Australia. The performance will feature the unmistakable sounds of Flamenco music and dance, and will embody the traditions of Flamenco, within a contemporary frame.

2:05pm: Stellar Contact

Presenting several of Canberra's most engaging dance troupes, Stellar Connect provides a platform for the audience to see themself reflected on stage with these talented dancers representing a range of cultures, ages and mixed abilities. We are delighted to feature Project Beats, Passion & Purpose, Xtreme Stars, Apsaras Arts Canberra, Ira Patkar and Dance Northside in this dance showcase.

3:40pm: Victor Valdes Mariachi Band

Victor Valdes is a truly extraordinary performer, with this rare opportunity to experience him in full regalia with his big band Mariachi group, as they play all the Mexican favourites!  Victor Valdes’ powerful, compelling voice, magical harp and passion for storytelling will take you on a unique sonorous journey through Mexico and Latin America.

 

Caravan Stage

11:15am:  Monica Moore Duo

The powerhouse, soulfoul vocals from amazing First Nations artist Monica Moore are infused with bluesy jazz in this laidback set

12:15pm:  Mark Atkins

Acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players, Mark Atkins is also recognized internationally for his collaborative projects with some of the world’s leading composers and musicians. A descendant of Western Australia’s Yamitji people, as well as of Irish/Australian heritage, Mark Atkins is known not only for his masterly playing, but also as a storyteller, composer, percussionist, visual artist and instrument maker.

1:15pm: Sachem

North Stradbroke Island local, Sachém is an artist whose intellect and creativity reaches new levels.. The rapper, singer, and spoken-word poet has played at Yonder Festival in 2020 and Mountain Goat Valley Crawl 2021, fans who see Sachém live can expect to be enamoured by a "young indigenous man, conflicted and exhausted, amidst a turbulent battle of ego, monetary gain and self-discovery" which manifests in a theatrical and emotive performance.

2:15pm Nancy Bates

With a rare vunerability, Nancy Bates bares herself through deep dived words, and a voice that can only be described as pure soul.  Considered one of the best singer / songwriters in Australia today by mational treasure Archie Roach, Bates musical growth is simply undeniable.  Her songs are pure emotion, a gift to the human spirit.

3:10pm: Canberra Dragon Dance

Asian lion dance, dragon dance and martial arts performances including Canberra's own Fearless the 18 m long Singaporean dragon performing to the sounds of Asian percussion.

3:45pm: Whizz

Michael Weir (Wizz) is a proud Wiradjuri man passionate about sharing the stories of his people. Open and honest, his lyrics are thought-provoking and represent the strength, pride, and resilience of the oldest living culture in the world.

 

Dance Circle

11:15am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm: Muggera

The Muggera family group prides itself on its cultural knowledge and professionalism and come from a long line of cultural leaders and world-class performers with a formidable respect for culture. Guided by their Elders and community, they share culture and set a new standard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performance and engagement in Australia.

1:25pm:  Mulleun Dreaming Dance Workshop

Mulleun Dreaming was established in honour of the late Kingswell Carl Brown, a proud Ngunnawal Murringe man who devoted his life to caring and representing Country. He was a major leader in Canberra with much influence, respect and integrity, who could say a million words without even whispering one. Mulleun Dreaming continues his legacy, led by the passionate Justine Carla Brown, in supporting community through Traditional Dance performances and workshops, Yarning Circles and Cultural Walks.

2:00pm, 3:00pm & 3:30pm

Wiradjuri Echoes

The Wiradjuri Echoes are a prominent presence in Canberra and the surrounding communities, showcasing Wiradjuri Dance, having performed for the likes of the Prime Minister of Australia, the King and Queen of Sweden, and more importantly, have impressed the hardest of crowds - preschoolers! These striking traditional dancers share their culture through engaging and vibrant performances.

 

Please note due to COVID, the events may be subject to change, please check our website for the most up to date information and follow the @EventsACT Facebook and Twitter social media accounts for updates. 

National Museum of Australia

Campfire Ceremony: 25 January 2022, 5–9pm

A family-friendly evening of music including Lucas Proudfoot who will be sharing positive aspects of music, story, and culture. Take in The Muggera family group who will share culture and set a new standard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performance and engagement in Australia. 

Family Day: 26 January 2022, 10am–2pm

Come along for our smoking ceremony with Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian Paul House.  Join Ronnie Jordan (kalkadoon) who will demonstrate her weaving technique using traditional and modern-day materials.  At various locations through the galleries be sure to watch out for Didgeridu performances and dance with Lucas Proudfoot as he shares stories through his music in a live and inspiring performance. Bring the family along and explore the Secret Life of Critters, talks and other fun activities.  

First Nations Concert: 26 January 2022, 6–10pm

As the sun goes down the Museum will conclude the activities around Australia Day in the Capital with a relaxed, family-friendly concert. Headline Busby Marou will be supported by the talented Miiesha and dance troupe Muggera as they perform lakeside at the Museum. 

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people.

We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and region.