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Presented by RISING, Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


Gurrumul's Mother’s Buŋgul, Gurrumul's Grandmother’s Buŋgul, Gurrumul's Manikay

Past Event

WED 14 — THU 15 JUNE

$70 — $97
  • 90 minutes, no interval
  • Allocated seating

Arts Centre Melbourne


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Assistive Listening
  • Accessible Bathroom


  • Sitting
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Past Event

The Inspiration behind Dr Gurrumul Yunupiŋu’s seminal album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), brought to the stage in a hypnotic live performance by Yolgnu dancers and songmen with the MSO.

A buŋgul is a ceremony, a gathering ground: a meeting place of dance, song and ritual.

Dr G. Yunupiŋu’s posthumously released album, Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), is a landmark moment in Australian music. It transcends its author’s death and celebrates his life, by bringing together western and his Yolŋu family’s musical traditions.

Buŋgul is a celebration of that record’s legacy. Created on Country in Northeast Arnhem Land, with the Yunupiŋu family. In a hypnotic performance, live Yolŋu dancers and songmen present the songs, dances and paintings that inspired Djarimirri; accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; and directed by Senior Yolŋu man Don Wininba Ganambarr and Nigel Jamieson.

The heart and soul of a masterpiece made real.

“To the Yolngu, our songs, paintings, and dances are our books—they tell us where we have come from and where we are going to… They are our maps, our law books, our title deeds and our family history”
        — Don Wininba Ganambarr, Co-Director  

Presented by RISING, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Artistic Team

Music | Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Erkki Veltheim and Michael Hohnen

Directors | Don Wininba Ganambarr and Nigel Jamieson

Musical Director and Conductor | Erkki Velheim

Creative Producer | Michael Hohnen

Executive Producer | Anna Reece

Concertmaster | Veronique Serret

Design and Creative Associate | Jacob Nash

Lighting Designer | Mark Howett

Associate Lighting Designer | Chloe Ogilvie

Sound Designer | Steve Francis

Video Design | Mic Gruchy

Cinematographer | Paul Shakeshaft

Performers | Nebbie Burrarrwanga, Robert Burrarrwanga, Mark Guruwiwi, Terence Guruwiwi, Jaimie Yunupingu, Teo Yunupingu, David Yunupingu, Kyle Yunupingu and Nelson Yunupingu


This production has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Perth Festival, Darwin Festival, Adelaide Festival, RISING, Sydney Festival and Brisbane Festival. This project was initiated by the Yunuupinnu family and Skinnyfish Music. Supported by Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre - Yirrkala Arts Centre and The Mulka Project. Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) produced by Michael Hohnen & Skinnyfish Music with orchestrations by Erkki Veltheim.

Image Credits

Buŋgul. Photo: Anna Reece

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