Held on the traditional site of the meeting of the coastal clans, the Tarerer festival is a multi-cultural celebration focusing on the region's cultural identity, the history and environmental significance of the land. For thousands of years the clans gathered in this location, in Killarney situated between Port Fairy and Warrnambool, for an annual meeting with feasting, celebration, ceremonies and trading.
The festival is unique and is believed to be the only one of its kind in Victoria. Following the format of traditional clan gathering, the festival focuses on restorative arts practice which enhances the regional cultural identify and the history and significance of the local environment.
The festival was established at a meeting at the old picnic ground in Framlingham forest. A group of 12 people, including indigenous and white people from the area, decided to establish the Tarerer concerts as a way of showcasing local talent and encouraging young Koori people to learn and perform in traditional ways.
A range of high-profile Indigenous and non-Indigenous performers perform each year in a musical event which is suitable for the whole family. The festival also features Indigenous dance, art and performance workshops and a 'Youth Stage' to showcase emerging performers.
The festival begins with a Friday film night, followed by the musical family day at the Killarney Recreation Reserve on the Saturday featuring a concert with performers and dancers from the local area and across Australia. Environmental talks and guided walks are offered on the Sunday.