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Melbourne Festival. 10-26 Oct 2014

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PRESENTED BY Melbourne Festival and Ilbijerri Theatre Company in association with The Bardas Foundation


When, for the opening of last year’s Melbourne Festival, elders of the five clans of the Kulin nation invited the people of Melbourne into their TANDERRUM, it was the first such ceremony since the founding of modern Melbourne in 1835.

It was a proud symbol of the resilience and richness of Melbourne’s Koorie history and culture, and a statement of optimism for the future.

This year’s Festival once again commences with TANDERRUM, a powerful event, deeply rooted in place and history – a celebration of the ground we stand on, and of the people whose ancestors walked it before our time.

The culmination of months of workshops between members of the five clans that make up 
the Kulin nation – Wurrundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Wadawarrung, Taungurung and Dja Dja Wurrung – this powerful event invites all into their circle for a poignant exchange of story, song and dance.

To find out more about the five clans of the Kulin nation, download the Fact Sheet here (PDF)


After the ceremony
Directly following the ceremony, Big hART stages MURRU, an uplifting free concert in Federation Square.

Extended hours
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Indigenous Galleries, Ground Level will be open until 9pm on Friday 10 October.

Supported by VicHealth, Newsboys Foundation and the Victorian Government through the Office of Aboriginal Affairs.

Image: Bindi Cole

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Fri 10 Oct

6pm - Cultural business. The coming together of the five Kulin nations.

7pm - Welcome ceremony. 30 mins.

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