Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., Adelaide

(3.2/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
Tandanya is the primary place in Adelaide where local, national and international visitors can experience the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through performing and visual arts.

Tandanya is a Kaurna word for Red Kangaroo place. The land on which the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute sits on Kaurna land and the site for the Red Kangaroo Ceremony connected to Red Kangaroo Dreaming. Tandanya respects and recognises the land and culture of the Kaurna people. Its logo design honours the Red Kangaroo.
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  • Loved the exhibits on display. There was a documentary about the nuclear tests that took place on aboriginal lands in the mid 1950s-mid 1960s and the Tree of Life: Gift of Peace. Also enjoyed the gift...  more »
  • We visited when the exhibition regarding the Nuclear Testing in Australia was presented...very moving, appalling, incredulous and heroic...a necessary story to be told. The art work was interesting an...  more »
  • We went with high hopes of getting an insight of the life of the indigenous people from Australia.. What we got was an overpriced gift shop and a few paintings... to say this was a poor show was an un...  more »
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  • Went to the exhibition currently on about maralinga. Highly recommend to go see it and ask about upcoming events this year. Friendly staff and nice little shop which helps community and artists.
  • wasnt allowed to take photos (which sucks as a local guide) Good lesson on aussie history and modern art!
  • Excellent cultural awareness centre
  • Beautiful traditional and contemporary Aboriginal Art, very impressive the part in the gallery with the hand-painted fabrics. Staff is friendly and sharing their knowledge any time.
  • Tandanya -- the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - located in Adelaide is a must-see not only for international visitors but also for native residents interested in learning more about Aboriginal culture and Indigenous art. The Gift Shop in particular is a treasure trove of a destination where didgeridoos are merchandised alongside crafts from brands such as Tjanpi Desert Weavers (an organization supporting Aboriginal women in remote central and western desert areas). Keep an eye out for weaving workshops, dance performances and exhibition openings as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations running through until September 2015. Happy Birthday Tandanya!