We-Akon Dilinja

We-akon Dilinja, a mourning reflection event, will be livestreamed from Alfred Square at 6 am Wednesday 26 January.

This is the third year the event has been held as part of City of Port Phillip's commemorations on Australia Day, presented in collaboration with the Boonwurrung Land and Sea Council.

Healing through Remembrance, Reflection and Recognition

In 2022, the We-akon Dilinja ceremony is appropriately themed Healing through Remembrance, Reflection and Recognition. 

Presented in collaboration with the Boonwurrung Land and Sea Council, 2022 will be the third year this event is held as part of City of Port Phillip's commemorations on Australia Day. The culture and history of the Boonwurrung Traditional Owners will be conveyed through readings, music and a smoking ceremony. A multi-faith component adds to the inclusive spirit of the event, now in its third year. The event will also be livestreamed directly from Alfred Square, St Kilda at 6 am Wednesday 26 January and can be viewed live from this page.

Book your free tickets for the live event here: We-akon Dilinja – a mourning reflection event Tickets, Alfred Square - St Kilda, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

We-Akon Dilinja is presented in harmony with our Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, held at St Kilda Town Hall.

Join us live or online via livestream for a morning of healing, storytelling and shared history. 

WE-AKON DILINJA PROGRAM (Alfred Square, St Kilda)

5.45 am – Arrival requested
6.00 am – Didgeridoo player – Kiernan Ironfield
6.02 am – MC – Bo Svoronos
6.04 am – Boonwurrung Welcome Song – James Henry
6.06 am – Welcome to Country and Introduction – Parbinata Dr Carolyn Briggs AM
6.10 am – N’arweet Jason Briggs
6.15 am – Boonwurrung song – Shauntai Batzke
6.17 am – 1st reading – Dick Gross
6.19 am – Shofar with Jewish prayer – Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann
6.21 am – Boonwurrung performance – Shauntai Batzke
6.23 am – 2nd reading – Cr Marcus Pearl, City of Port Phillip Mayor
6.25 am – Tribute to past Boonwurrung Elders – Parbinata Carolyn Briggs and Michael Julian
6.30 am – Boonwurrung performance
6.35 am – Smoking Ceremony – David Tournier
7.00 am – Close

2021 ceremony and program

Assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council