Kaurna Day: Tirkanthi | Ngutu | Taikurrinthi

Kaurna Day 207 Feb 2024


Together, let’s celebrate uplifting community.

The University of Adelaide kicks off its 150th celebrations with Kaurna Day - Tirkanthi - Ngutu - Taikurrinthi (Learning – Knowledge - Be united together), a day to immerse yourself and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture. A sunrise smoking ceremony begins a day of music, dance, storytelling, and food including a limited number of complimentary native inspired breakfast boxes at the North Terrace campus for those who attend. 

Kaurna Day is a community event and everyone is welcome! Join us on 27 February, 7 am–5 pm, as we strengthen the connection between the University of Adelaide and the Kaurna People. Whether you come for an hour or come for the day, there’s plenty to explore and discover: community stalls, performances by First Nations artists from the Centre of Aboriginal Studies in Music, student presentations, and collaborative information sessions facilitated by Wirltu Yarlu.

We will also have traditional games and cultural workshops by Deadly Mentorz, live artmaking by Booke Rigney, cooking demonstrations by Creative Native & Youth Inc., and musical performances by Shellie Morris, Tilly Tjala Thomas, and Corey Theatre. And don’t miss getting up close and personal with local native South Australian animals and wildlife from Animals Anonymous!

Kaurna Day will be a day to honour and celebrate First Nations people and culture.

Together, let’s celebrate uplifting community.

Schedule of activities



Kaurna Learning Circle

Ngutu stage

Barr Smith Lawns

Taikurrinthi stage

7:00am – 7:30am

Sunrise Smoking Ceremony

North Terrace
Kaurna Learning Circle


Information Centre Turning Circle


McLeod House Lawns


9:15am – 10:00am

Information Session

Repatriation of Aboriginal Ancestral Remains


10:00am – 10:30am

Uncle Eddie Peters

Musical performance


10:30am – 10:45am


Welcome to Country

10:45am – 11:30am


Marlon Motlop

Musical performance

11:30am - 12:00pm  

Kyarna Cruse

Performance and workshop

12:00pm - 12:30pm

High achieving student presentations

  • Dawn Lewis
  • Michael Larkin
  • Mitchell Odegaard
  • Justine Clark

12:30pm – 1:00pm


Shellie Morris

Musical performance and workshop

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Kuma Kaaru - Jack Buckskin

Cultural presentation - language


1:30pm – 2:00pm


Tilly Tjala Thomas

Musical performance

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Discussion Panel

Kaurna language reclamation


2:30pm – 3:00pm


Corey Theatre

Musical performance

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Kyran Dixon

Motivational speaker


4:00pm – 4:30pm


Event closing ceremony

Barr Smith Lawns

Tirkanthi activity area

7:30am – 10:00am

Creative Native

Free native menu breakfast boxes

9:00am – 12:00pm

Brooke Rigney

Live art making

9:00am – 12:00pm

Deadly Mentorz

Cultural Workshops


2:00pm – 4:00pm


Silk workshop


2:00pm – 4:00pm

Deadly Mentorz

Traditional games



Creative Native

Cooking demonstration

Stallholders 10am – 4pm

Play audio: Tirkanthi | Ngutu | Taikurrinthi

Tirkanthi | Learn

Ngutu | Knowledge

Taikurrinthi | Be together

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