Tarnanthi at the Port

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The City of Port Adelaide Enfield has teamed up with TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, to throw a street party which celebrates First Nation culture.

Tarnanthi at the Port features line-up of outstanding artists working in visual arts, music, dance, storytelling and workshops in the Black Diamond Laneway precinct, behind Town Hall at the heart of Port Adelaide.

Weaving together fresh and dynamic elements, underpinned by living traditions the event showcases the area as a thriving space of united community gatherings and artistic excellence.

Schedule of performances can be found at the bottom of the page.

Artists include:

Weavers: Chantal Henley, Vicki Hartman, Betty Sumner, Natasha Sutcliffe and the Southern Women’s Weaving Group.

Visual artists: Paul Herzich, Tony Wilson, Archie Moore, Elizabeth Close, Narisha Cash and Janet Milera.

Musicians: Radical Son, Lady Lash, Nathan May, Eddie Peters and Friends, River Rodgers and Big River, Neisha and Scott Rathman Jnr, Marlon Motlop

Comedians:  Joshua Warrior, Tony Petrillo and Deb Bland

Dance: the Talkin Jeri Dance Group, Kurruru Performing Arts and Dusty Feet Mob.

Babies performance: Our Corka Bubs. Click here to book.

Smoking Ceremony: led by Major Sumner and Fred Agius.

River Stories Boat Tours: Saturday 21 October. Hear Kuarna stories of the river by Michael Kumatpi O'Brien on the Maritime Museum's heritage boat Archie Badenoch. Listen to an artist talk by Narisha Cash at the new TARNANTHI mural. Tour Lartelare Park with Margaret Brodie. Bookings are essential (Trip 1, Trip 2)

Workshops in painting and dance run throughout the day and there will be plenty of food trucks and children’s activities.

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Joshua Warrior

Comedian Joshua Warrior got his big break in 2015 when he was a state finalist in the Deadly Funny Competition. He has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and recently got back from his first overseas trip where he performed in London.

Since hitting the scene he has shared the stage with some big names including Greg Fleet, Chis Franklin, George Kapinyaris, Mikey Robins, Will Anderson and Stephen K Amos. 

Joshua loves making gags about everyday life, “It comes natural to me. I just walk on stage and do something stupid.” As for what makes him stand out, he adds, “My comedy really shined as my Aboriginal flavour was separate to the rest.”

Remembering back to his school days, Joshua said, “I was always the class clown at school and used to run the school assembly and add my own humour to it by mocking certain teachers as I introduced the next speakers.”

Joshua has strong links with Port Adelaide, having lived locally for many years. In his youth he played football for the Magpies, following in his father and brother’s footsteps. He is looking forward to performing in the Port once again.

Tarnanthi hits Port Adelaide on 21 October where Joshua is looking forward to entertaining the crowd with his hilarious act.

“I can't wait for Tanarnthi. We’ve got singers, hip hop rappers, dancers and of course comedians coming to entertain. This cultural event is going to be fantastic for the Port Adelaide and also the Aboriginal community.” 

Tarnanthi at Port Joshua Warrior

Lady Lash

Greek-Indigenous hip hop and jazz artist Lady Lash spent her childhood writing poetry and experimenting with different music styles. It was this attitude that helped to shape the unique musical style she has today.
Her sound combines jazz and hip hop, interwoven with powerful spiritual storytelling, which she will be showcasing at 2pm on the Main Stage at Tarnanthi in the Port on 21 October.
Whether rapping or singing opera or anything in between, Lady Lash has evolved her sound into something distinctive.
“I used to write poetry when I was young and read sonnets from Shakespeare, then it grew into songs and then raps.”
“My singing voice evolved with practice and dedication, doing all sorts of different styles and notes,” she explains, “ I use my vocals through the microphone to push my heart and soul out into the crowd.”
Lady Lash's electric act has seen her perform all over the country and support Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, Dan Sultan, just to name a few.

Tarnanthi Lady Lash

Radical Son

Indigenous Australian and Tongan singer-songwriter Radical Son creates deep and thought-provoking music that incorporates hip-hop, R&B, soul, reggae and the spoken word.

Radical Son, otherwise known as David Leha, spent 18 months in some of Australia’s toughest prisons. Upon his release, he found strength in music.

Now aged in his late 30s, he wants to share the hard lessons he has learnt and act as a positive role model for troubled youth.

He uses music and his impressive singing voice to educate and make a difference. He says, “I have suffered and caused much suffering. I am convinced that these experiences could have been prevented. As a parent I know what it is like to want a better life for our children.”

His songs conjure uncompromising visions of where we’ve come from and what could be, from troubled past to songs of humility and healing.

Radical Son will be performing with his live band at 3pm on the Main Stage at Tarnanthi at the Port.

Radical Son Tarnanthi at Port

Our Corka Bubs

Our Corka bubs is a free play-formance for babies aged 4 months to 3 years which creates memorable life moments where child, care and dance meet through captivating storytelling and music.

Made by renowned South Australian Aboriginal choreographer Gina Rings, you and a small audience of babies are transfixed through movement and play that draws strongly from aspects of Australian Aboriginal culture.

Our Corka Bubs is grounded in theories of early childhood development and Aboriginal storytelling. The performance uses gentle motifs and gestural dance along with traditional live and recorded sounds.

Our Corka Bubs runs Fri 20 and Sat 21 October 2017 as part of Tarnanthi at the Port. To book, visit https://www.tarnanthi.com.au/events/our-corka-bubs/

our corka bubs

Nathan May

Nathan May is an emerging singer songwriter who has been performing in Adelaide for the past four years whilst pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Aboriginal studies in music.

His first EP, which is a reflection of his life and events that have happened in the last few years, is now available on iTunes.

Nathan has performed for a range of audience’s and festival’s such as Semaphore Music Festival, Ruby Awards Night and The Adelaide Fringe Festival. In 2014 Nathan was documented for an NITV series called Unearthed.

He has caught the attention of well known Country Artist Troy Casser-Daley and first Aboriginal Golden Guitar winner Col Hardy.

You can catch Nathan May Music performing from 3:50pm on the Stowaway Stage at Tarnanthi at the Port.

Tarnanthi Nathan May

Artists at work

More than just music, song and dance, Tarnanthi at the Port will showcase a number of local artists who will be at work on the day.

Using locally harvested reeds, Ngarrindjeri artist Betty Sumner from Raukken will be weaving, singing and telling stories alongside with local weavers Natasha Sutcliffe and Vicki Hartman.

The Southern Elders Weaving Group will also be running weaving public workshops on the day, using raffia and pine needles.

Tarnanthi weaving


Come and taste some great Bush Tucker Ice Cream on Saturday at Tarnanthi at the Port.

With delicious flavours of lemon myrtle, native raspberry, outback lime, Illawarra and Davidson plum, muntries and native mint, Bush Tucker flavoured ice-cream, ice blocks and concentrates are gluten and preservative free, with dairy and sugar free options, so there is something authentically Australian for everyone. 

All products are created by this family operated business using ingredients sourced from growers and wild pickers around Australia.

Other food options include genuine Indigenous food including BBQ meats, and our local shops will be open right around the Port.

Tarnanthi bush tucker ice cream

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