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TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art

October to January

This festival of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is celebration and showcase of hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia. The event is an opportunity for stories to be shared and heard, as well as providing a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists - both emerging and established.

TARNANTHI alternates its format from city-wide festival one year to an exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia the next. The festival format spans ten days in October and the exhibition runs for three months starting in October. Each year’s festivities include artist talks, performances and an art fair that attracts thousands of visitors.

The festival started in 2015 and since then has given a platform for thousands of artists and communities to share their stories and practice. Fittingly, the festival’s name means ‘to come forth’ or ‘appear’ in Kaurna. The Kaurna people are the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide Plains.