Living Kaurna Cultural Centre

Over eons of time, the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains have gathered at Warriparinga. The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre was built here to ensure that Kaurna culture, and the Dreaming Story of the Land, is passed on from generation to generation.

Purruna Kaurna Munaintya Wardli

"Yaintya trrukungka ngadlu, Kaurna miyurna, ngadluku pirrku yarta-unangku warrapanthi. Ngadlu kumangka tuwilila manku-mankurrinthi Munaintya purruti-apiti purtititya."

In this centre we, Kaurna people, tell our stories from the land. We assemble together in the spirit in order to celebrate renewal of the Dreaming.

 

The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
Warriparinga Way (Off Sturt Road), Bedford Park SA 5042
Phone: 8357 5900
Email: lkccrecep@marion.sa.gov.au
Open: Monday to Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm
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Visiting the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre

Visitors from the wider community and tourists are welcome to come and learn about Kaurna culture and share in the special environment of peace that exists at Warriparinga.
Our doors are open from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

All visitors are invited here in a spirit of humanity, and are asked to be respectful when they visit the Centre.

The primary aims of the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre are to:

  • Assist Kaurna people to develop a sustainable future
  • Conserve and renew Kaurna culture and heritage, as well as conserving the European heritage of the site
  • Provide an indigenous cultural experience
  • Provide education and training for indigenous and non-indigenous people
  • Promote conciliation between Kaurna, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities
  • Exhibit locally hand crafted aboriginal gifts and artwork

Contact us on 8375 5900 for further information on a range of tours, venue hire and special events.

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Tours and Workshops

The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre offers a variety of cultural workshops, tours and events. These include art and weaving workshops as well as group tours of the Warriparinga area with Kaurna cultural guides. We also provide Education Programs for schools and can tailor our workshops to suit your group’s requirements.

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Venue Hire

Living Kaurna Cultural Centre and Fairford House offer multiple spaces available for hire. The main function room at LKCC can seat up to 30 people and is ideal for meetings and workshops. The adjacent Fairford House offers a meeting room that can comfortably seat 14 as well as an art room available for use during our art workshops.

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Art Gallery

The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre houses an art gallery exhibiting hand crafted aboriginal gifts and artwork created by the local Kaurna community.
You can purchase original works including traditional paintings, woven baskets and wood carvings.

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting your work please contact us on 8375 5900.

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Kaurna Heritage Display

The Kaurna heritage display has documented key dates and times in the history of the Kaurna people from pre-settlement 1804 until the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre was opened in 2002. It includes artwork by George French Angus – an artist who painted Kaurna ceremony and the early South Australia landscape.

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Fairford House

The State Heritage listed Fairford House with original coach-house, gardens and remaining vineyards sits alongside Living Kaurna Cultural Centre and provides a link with the early years of European settlement.

Fairford House boasts a meeting room that seats up to 14 people comfortably in a board room style as well as an art room.

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Map of Warriparinga Wetlands

Warriparinga Wetlands Map

"Ngadlu Kaurna meyunna, kumarta yaitya meyunna, pinde meyunna kuma, banba-banbalyarnendi yerra tampirendi. Ngadlu yaitya meyunna, pinde meyunna banba-banbalyarnendi yerra tampirendi, nguya nguya wondatitya. Nepungga ngadlu marra yunggondi. Tindogadlangga ngadlu paltitya taikurringga bilyorningga budnandi.

We Kaurna people and other Indigenous peoples meet together here and recognise each other. We Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people meet together in order to lay aside the wrongs of the past, and recognise each other. We give our hand in friendship. We come together in peace for the palti (dance/ceremony), under the sun."

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What is 'Conciliation'?

For the Kaurna people who initiated this project, 'conciliation' is a more appropriate term that 'reconciliation'.

Conciliation is a process which involves Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people walking together for the first time as genuinely equal partners in a shared future. 

If you would like to find out more about reconciliation, the Reconciliation Australia website or the ANTaR website (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) are good places to start.

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