About Us

The National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre, trades as Tandanya. In 2014, Tandanya celebrated 25 years of continuous operation since the Institute was incorporated under the South Australian Associations Act in 1989.


Tandanya sits on Kaurna (pron. Garna) land. The name is the Kaurna word for ‘place of the Red Kangaroo’. The Kaurna people are the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide Plains. Tandanya’s name reflects the organisation’s ongoing commitment to honour and respect the traditional owners and custodians for this country.


Tandanya is a visionary and vibrant place for all to experience contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expressions through the visual and performing arts. Tandanya’s operations are multi-faceted, also including community arts, auspicing of events and business portfolios such as venue hire and the Tandanya Gallery Shop.