SPECIAL EVENTS AUSTRALIA

Tanderrum

Performed by the clans of the Kulin Nation

Free Event

Ngulu-bulok. Ngarrga. Nurru-nurru. Yinga.
Stories. Dance. Ochre. Song.

Facilitated by ILBIJERRI THEATRE COMPANY

Each year the first words of Melbourne Festival come from those who have carried this land's stories the longestthe First Peoples of Melbourne.

Tanderrum is a ceremony of the five clans of the Central Kulin Nation—a communal celebration that reaches across time to a tradition that has been hidden since European arrival. Five years ago the Kulin Nation brought Tanderrum back to central Melbourne to open the Festival. This cross-cultural moment has quickly become an essential and living element of Melbourne Festival, and a Welcome to Country for local and international artists and audiences.

This year’s Tanderrum will end with a Kulin Nation tribute to the murrup (spirit) of William Barak. Barak was Ngurungeta—a leader, warrior and spokesperson for Wurundjeri Country. For the final dance the Kulin Nation invite you to join them for a song reclaimed from rare historical recordings of Barak.

With sand, fire, leaves and bark a space is made, and it's a space to be shared.

Please note permission is required to record and capture images of the ceremony and those participating. We ask you respect the request of the clans of the Kulin nation and their families.
Tanderrum is performed by clans of the Kulin Nations and directed by their Elders and a steering committee of the following people
Steering Group
Wurundjeri
Aunty Di Kerr
Wurundjeri
Aunty Irene Briggs
Wurundjeri
Mandy Nicholson
Boon Wurrung
Aunty Carolyn Briggs
Taungurung
Mark Ten Buuren
Taungurung
Angela Ten Burren
Taungurung
Mick Harding
Taungurung
Aunty Bernadette Franklin
Dja Dja Wurrung
Aunty Fay Carter
Dja Dja Wurrung
Wendy Berick
Dja Dja Wurrung
Trent Nelson
Wadawurrung
Uncle Bryon Powell
Wadawurrung
Corrina Eccles
Wadawurrung
Tammy Gilson
Wadawurrung
Barry Gilson
ILBIJERRI Artistic Director
Rachael Maza
ILBIJERRI Producers
Jermaine Beezley
Lauren Bok
Lisa Parris
ILBIJERRI Production Manager
Ilana Russell
ILBIJERRI Stage Manager
Brock Brocklesby
Narrator
Uncle Jack Charles
  • Presenting Partner
  • Supported through
  • Melbourne Festival's free program proudly supported by

PHOTO | James Henry

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