With respect to the Elders both past and present, Spirit Festival Presents acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We recognise and honour that the cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today. Spirit Festival proudly celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performance, visual arts and culture and express gratitude and respect to the artists who create these works.
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Uncle Stephen was a proud Kaurna, Narungga and Ngarrindjeri man whose cultural connections also spread to Streaky Bay to the west and North-East Arnhem Land in the north. He was an untiring advocate for his language and culture. His commitment and dedication to the resurrection of Kaurna language was greatly admired and inspirational.
As a cultural educator and founder of Taikurtinna dance group, Uncle Stephen worked hard on the reclamation of the Kaurna language of the Adelaide plains and cultural knowledge and sharing this knowledge with many people from school groups to university groups, tourists and festivals locally, nationally and internationally, as well as sharing this information and knowledge with his own people who through past policies and procedures were sometimes deprived of this knowledge.
A tireless fighter for his culture and people, a talented Yidaki player and a generous man, including his support and advocacy for the Spirit Festival means he will be sorely missed.
There will be a special ceremony led by his son Jamie Goldsmith for Uncle Stephen on Saturday, 4 November @ 5pm – Wauwi (Light Square). We warmly invite all to come and honour and remember Uncle Stevie.
Spirit Festival is South Australia’s premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Culture Festival. Held annually, Spirit Festival showcases the best in ATSI art, music, dance, theatre, workshops and more from South Australia and across Australia!