Tarerer Festival makes returns to Lighthouse Theatre

Johnny Lovett will perform as part of a rejuvenated Tarerer Festival.

Johnny Lovett will perform as part of a rejuvenated Tarerer Festival.

THE Tarerer Festival is making a comeback, 21 years after it began.

Beginning as a music event celebrating indigenous culture, the event has been almost dormant since 2011, running as just a one-day film festival in Port Fairy.

Tarerer returns to the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool on February 25 for a concert headlined by Arnhem Land singer-songwriter Yirrmal Marika, Gunditjmara country-rock artist Johnny Lovett, and Tarerer co-founder Shane Howard.

Also on the multicultural bill are Likely Celts, the Tarerer-Gunditj Karweeyn dancers, bamboo flautist Anne Norman, Warrnambool’s Philippine Dance Group, and the O’Shea-Ryan Academy of Irish Dancing.

In 2011, Tarerer was a film night and a small cultural event on Killarney beach. Prior to that it was a major music event at Killarney Recreation Reserve headlined in 2010 by Neil Murray, Shane Howard and Archie Roach.

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