Special Events Australia

Wed 03 October

Tanderrum

Performed by the clans of the Eastern Kulin Nation

Facilitated by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Free Event

Federation Square

Free Event


Each year the first words of Melbourne International Arts Festival come from those who have carried this land’s stories the longest—the First Peoples of Melbourne.

Tanderrum is a ceremony bringing together the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation—a ceremony of celebration that reaches across Aboriginal time.

This sacred ceremony had been hidden since European invasion, until six years ago the Eastern Kulin brought Tanderrum back to central Melbourne to open the Festival. Since then this cross-cultural moment has become an essential and living element of the Festival and a Welcome to Country for local and international artists
and audiences.

Melbourne is sacred to the Traditional Custodians. Through this event we ensure that Aboriginal culture remains present and relevant to our city today. Tanderrum is your invitation to share this sacred place.

Artistic Director
Rachael Maza
Narrator
Uncle Jack Charles
Steering Group
Wurundjeri
Aunty Di Kerr
Wurundjeri
Aunty Irene Briggs
Wurundjeri
Mandy Nicholson
Boon Wurrung
Aunty Carolyn Briggs
Wadawurrung
Aunty Marlene Gilson
Wadawurrung
Tammy Gilson
Wadawurrung
BJ Gilson
Wadawurrung
Corrina Eccles
Taungurung
Aunty Bernadette Franklin
Taungurung
Angela ten Burren
Taungurung
Mark ten Buuren
Taungurung
Mick Harding
Dja Dja Wurrung
Aunty Fay Carter
Dja Dja Wurrung
Wendy Berick
Dja Dja Wurrung
Trent Nelson
Producers
J-Maine Beezley
Production Manager
Jack Jobling
Assistant Production Manager
Caleb Thaiday
Stage Manager
Brock Brocklesby

Partners

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PHOTO | James Henry

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