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Reconciliation Week Breakfast date and speakers announced

Reconciliation South Australia has today announced that the state’s flagship National Reconciliation Week event, the National Reconciliation Week Breakfast, will be on Monday 27 May 2024 at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Kaurna Yerta.

With 2023’s event selling out in record time for 2,000 people, the organisation has increased the capacity again to meet the increased demand. This year’s program boasts an impressive array of local and national talent, including important figureheads who will speak on the topic of this year’s theme, Now More Than Ever.

The theme is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will—and must —continue.

As Reconciliation Australia states, “There have been many moments in Australia’s reconciliation journey that make us want to turn away. But when things are divisive, the worst thing we can do is disengage or disconnect. Now more than ever, we need to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation. We know that the 6.2 million Australians who voted YES are committed to better outcomes for First Nations people, and are with us.”

National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June – is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation SA CEO Jason Downs says, “With the national theme Now More Than Ever, we are excited to create space for genuine conversations and signal reconciliation in South Australia is active and growing. Our breakfast is about building relationships and building respect, leadership and positive change.”

This year’s event will be MC’d by actor Luke Carroll and the keynote address will be delivered by Adam Briggs.

Briggs is a Yorta Yorta man and Australian rapper, lyricist, hip-hop artist, writer, presenter, author and actor. Briggs became well known as a solo rapper before founding the hip-hop duo A.B Original with producer Trials in 2016. They were crowned APRA’s 2018 Songwriters of the Year and in 2017 won the ARIAs for Best Independent Release and Best Urban Album and Triple J’s J Award for Album of the Year for their album Reclaim Australia. Briggs is the chair of the Adam Briggs Foundation, a First Nations-led charity organisation that plays a vital role in filling the gap of representation and skills-based development in the creative industries for First Nations people. Briggs released his first children’s book, Our Home, Our Heartbeat in 2020.

Also speaking at the event will be South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas and Reconciliation SA Co-Chairs Helen Connolly and Jeremy Johncock. Guests will be treated to live music and dance performances by Dem Mob, Of Desert & Sea, and Rob Edwards.

The Welcome To Country will be given by Auntie Rosalind Coleman.

This year’s event will feature the works of multiple First Nations visual artists, displaying works for sale across different art mediums as a part of the NRW Breakfast Marketplace. 

Tickets are on sale now via Humanitix.

Channel 44 is a proud partner of Reconciliation SA and the National Reconciliation Week Breakfast.