Venues and facilities
Marion Council has appointed Southern Cultural Immersion to manage the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre on its behalf. The Kaurna owned and operated business will also manage the adjacent Fairford House and Coach House.
Southern Cultural Immersion are an Adelaide-based company owned and run by Kaurna man Corey Turner. They specialise in cultural tours, training, artworks, traditional ceremonies and engagement with Aboriginal culture. They will continue to provide Aboriginal education and environmental programs and take bookings for venue hire, cultural tours and events.
Council made the decision to outsource management of the centre to a Kaurna business as it will be best placed to deliver the service.
Services are expected to continue as previously, including:
The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre is located at Warriparinga and offers Aboriginal and environmental education programs, events and performances. The venue is also available to hire for meetings, training days, events and workshops.
Warriparinga is an important cultural heritage site where Aboriginal and early European heritage sit side by side. For the Kaurna people of the Adelaide plains, this site is a traditional ceremonial meeting place still used today. Warriparinga is an important part of the Tjilbruke Dreaming.
The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre was built in 2001 as a result of the work between the Kaurna community and the City of Marion, attracting Commonwealth Centenary of Federation Funding of this purpose.
Council is currently working with the Kaurna Community towards co-management of the Centre over five years - working towards Kaurna community governance of the Centre.
"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.
Warriparinga Way (Off Sturt Road), Bedford Park SA 5042
Open: Monday to Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm
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.
All visitors are invited here in a spirit of humanity, and are asked to be respectful when they visit the Centre.
The Centre is a learning place for Kaurna meyunna (Kaurna people) and future generations, to remember and renew Kaurna cultural and spiritual practices, care for country, link to Dreaming stories, perform ongoing ceremony and heal through cultural practices.
The Centre is a place where respect and recognition of Kaurna culture is developed, the wider community come to learn about Kaurna and other Aboriginal cultures, the history of the site (both Kaurna and early settlement) is celebrated and community ties between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people are strengthened through sharing our cultural differences and similarities.
The Centre is a place to develop business opportunities and skills (for both commercial and social/cultural outcomes) for Kaurna meyunna and other Aboriginal people living on Kaurna Yerta (Kaurna Land), through cultural tours, workshops, gallery and retail shop sales, venue hire bookings, tourism, education and other programs and events.
Contact us on (08) 8357 5900 for further information on a range of cultural tours, venue hire, programs and special events.
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.
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 in boardroom style as well as an art room available for use during our art workshops.
The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre houses an art gallery exhibiting hand crafted aboriginal gifts and artwork created by the local Kaurna community and other Aboriginal artists living on the Adelaide Plains. 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 8357 5900
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.
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 has a boardroom styled meeting room that seats up to 14 people comfortably as well as an art room for workshops.
"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."
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.