Belgrave Survival Day

Join us on Sunday March 3rd, and stand in solidarity with First Nations Artists, Leaders and Community.

Belgrave Survival Day is an annual event that was held on January 26th (Invasion Day) and presents an opportunity for people in the area to celebrate the survival of Australian Indigenous people, their culture and heritage.  After much reflection, consultation and conversation the BSD Committee and our partners we have the made the decision to change our event to Sunday March 3, 2024.

This year, the event is themed ALWAYS, reflecting on the ongoing care and connection to country that First Nations communities have. The event will feature a stellar line up including Chasing Ghosts, DENNI, Ash Dargan, Aunty Joy, Djirri Djirri dancers and more! Music, Culture, Food, Mini-market and more. All Free.

Sunday March 3, 2024 

Borthwick Park, Belgrave (Naarm)

Join us for Belgrave Survival Day 2024!
Stand in solidarity with First Nations artists, leaders and community at this iconic community event.
LIVE MUSIC :: ART :: FOOD :: MARKET :: & more
Sunday 3rd March from 12pm (midday)
This deadly event features:
Food by Mullum Creations and Guji catering.
Market stalls by First Nations artists and allies.
This is a free event. Please BYO chairs, rugs, sun protection products and your community spirit.
This event is coordinated by the Belgrave Survival Day Committee and is presented in partnership with:
Burrinja Cultural Centre
Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place
Yarra Ranges Council

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The Story

Belgrave Survival Day was first held on January 26th 2008. The event was started by a small group of local hills residents. It was held out the back of the Cameo Cinema. The only Indigenous act in the first year was a dance troupe from Healesville.

The event moved in 2011 to its current location at Borthwick Park Reserve in Belgrave.

BSD has become a prominent annual fixture of the Dandenong Ranges community, where it regularly attracts 2000-3000 attendees, featuring several entertainment acts, with stalls featuring vendors (food, drink, books, merchandise, information, community groups and Indigenous sector organizations).

In 2023, after much reflection, consultation and conversation with First Nations communities, the BSD Committee and our partners we have the made the decision to change our event to Sunday March 3, 2024. 

This decision reflects the overwhelming response from our local Indigenous community who want the choice to acknowledge January 26th in their own way.


Our heart felt thanks to Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place for their support.

A very special thank you to Aunty Irene Norman for all of her hard work, support and wisdom. Our Elders are our foundations. 💪🏽


 Always was and always will be.


More info and updates

Facebook page

3MDR Meeghan Bell radio interview with Belgrave Survival Day's Bonnie Zuidland

1. A.B. Original - January 26
2. Dan Sultan - Dingo
3. Paul Kelly & The Messengers - From Little Things Big Things Grow

The event will be simulcast on 3MDR 97.1FM