Facilitatied by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company
Smoke. Fire. Water. Earth. Dance. Song.
Kulin Tanderrum (ceremony) is the meeting of the five clans of the Kulin Nation: Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Dja Dja Wurrung and Wadawurrung, and your invitation to join them on this land.
This Tanderrum had not been practiced here in Melbourne since 1835, but in the past four years it has become an integral moment in the commencement of each year’s Melbourne Festival. These are the first words spoken before the 18 days of stories and sensations that will follow: an opening ceremony and Welcome to Country by the First Peoples, the traditional custodians of this land.
Through Tanderrum, we acknowledge the lore of the creator spirit Bunjil and pay respects to the vibrant living culture of this country.
With sand, leaves and bark, a space is made, and it’s a space to be shared. Come dance.
Learn more about Tanderrum with our Education Pack, including activities for school students. Download now →
IMAGE | Steven Rhall
Melbourne Festival's free program proudly supported by
With support from VicHealth, Newsboys Foundation and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
ILBIJERRI Theatre Company supported by
- Artistic Director
- Mariaa Randall
- Muscial Director
- Dr Lou Bennett
- Mariaa Randall and Jacob Boehme in collaboration with the Tanderrum Elders and dancers
- James Henry
- Visual Artist
- Maree Clarke
- Kamarra Bell-Wykes
- Damienne Pradier
- Uncle Jack Charles
- Artistic Directorate
- Mark Ten Buuren, Trent Nelson, Tammy Gilson, Mandy Nicholson and Marbee Williams
- Lead Singers
- Barry Gilson, Wendy Berick, Michael Bourke, Mick Harding, Jodie Seilui, Caroline Martin, Mandy Nicholson, Mitch Harding, Corlene Cooper and Bonnie O’Leary
- Session Singers
- Dr Lou Bennett, Carly May and John Wayne Parsons
- ILBIJERRI Artistic Director
- Rachael Maza
- ILBIJERRI Producer
- Damienne Pradier
- ILBIJERRI Company Manager
- Lauren Bok
- ILBIJERRI Production Manager
- Emily O'Brien
- ILBIJERRI Stage Manager
- Brock Broklesby