Australia Day in Adelaide – Smoking Ceremony and Aus Day in the Arena

Here’s what’s in store for Adelaide today, for the official Australia Day 2021 program.

One of Australia’s most successful contemporary rock bands, Birds of Tokyo, will take centre stage as the headline act for Aus Day in the Arena – a major free event featuring two separate two-and-a-half hour concerts.

The booked out shows at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, will also honour frontline workers and feature a Welcome to Country ceremony, civic ceremonies, stylised multicultural parade, Australian Girls Choir as well as a 15-piece modern orchestra celebration.

The Australia Day Council of South Australia (ADCSA) Chief Executive Officer Jan Chorley says it’s the first large scale indoor live music event in SA since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We’re able to have 5,000 people attend each show at 12.30pm and 6.30pm, as part of our COVID safe event and this year’s Australia Day theme is encouraging South Australians to “Reflect, Respect and Celebrate. The Story of Us,” Ms Chorley says.

“We invite South Australians to reflect on this great land and its people as we embrace the spirit of Australia Day 2021.

“In 2020, we witnessed such incredible resilience from individuals, communities, as a state and nation.

“Today, we reflect and pay respect to our First Nations peoples, honour our essential workers who have risked their lives to save ours and celebrate the diversity of who we are, our spirit and endless optimism as we look into the future.”

Australia Day celebrations will kick off from 8am at Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla with a Smoking Ceremony performed by Kaurna elders – encouraging South Australians to connect with the land, participate with the Dusty Feet Mob and experience truth telling with First Nations peoples.

“We’ve been working together with members of our First Nations communities to ensure a day of meaning is created for all,” Ms Chorley says.

At midday, a flag raising ceremony and 21-gun salute will be held at the Torrens Parade Ground for the official “Salute to Australia.”

Aus Day in the Arena and Australia Day 2021 program is assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council. Supported by the Government of South Australia, Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

For further information, visit australiadaysa.com.au

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