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Buŋgul Gurrumul's Mother's Buŋgul Gurrumul's Grandmother's Buŋgul Gurrumul's Manikay

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‘Unlike anything you have ever heard: genuinely ancient and timeless, while sizzling with sparse symphonic modernity.’

- The Sydney Morning Herald

‘Yolngu don’t have books or computers. They carry it here (in the heart) in their song, their dance, their paintings.’
Don Wininba Ganambarr

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

Created on country in North East Arnhem Land with the Yunupiŋu  family, Buŋgul is a ceremonial celebration of one of the transcendent albums of our time. You’re invited to experience the traditional songs, dances and paintings that inspired Gurrumul’s final album, Djarrimirri (Child of the Rainbow), in a live performance by Yolŋu dancers, songmen and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra directed by Senior Yolngu Don Wininba Ganambarr and Nigel Jamieson.

Djarimirri was Gurrumul’s gift to the world. An astounding achievement of music acclaimed the world over, it presented traditional songs and harmonised chants from his traditional Yolŋu life with hypnotic orchestral compositions. Now, in his honour, his family add a further cultural and immersive visual dimension to this historic work, performing the songlines that have forged their identity and every aspect of their existence since the beginning of time.

Buŋgul represents a majestic union of two disparate worlds. It points to a potential contemporary Australian identity grounded in and drawing upon the extraordinary knowledge, understanding and wisdom of First Nation People that inspires us all listen to and care for the precious land we share.

This project was initiated by the Yunupiŋu  family and Skinnyfish Music.
Produced by Perth Festival and Skinnyfish Music.

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Tickets from $25 - $89 + BF

Premium PF - Adult $89 / PF - Friend $80

A Reserve PF - Adult $79 / PF - Concession $75 / PF - Friend $71

B Reserve PF - Adult $59 / PF - Concession $56 / PF - Friend $53 / PF - Student $25

C Reserve PF - Adult $39 / PF - Concession $37 / PF - Friend $35 / PF - Student $25

Perth Concert Hall

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  • Assistive Listening Assistive Listening
  • Wheelchair access Wheelchair access

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Please note

Duration 1hr 30min
Contains haze, smoke effects and sand 

 

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Artistic Credits

Creative Team

Music by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupiŋu, Michael Hohnen & Erkki Veltheim
Directed by Don Wininba Ganambarr & Nigel Jamieson
Creative Producer Michael Hohnen
Musical Director Erkki Veltheim
Design & Creative Associate Jake Nash
Video Design Mic Gruchy       

Image Baru painting by Priscilla Barrapami Yunupiŋu 

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Acknowledgments

We thank and pay our respects to the Yolŋgu people of North East Arnhem Land with whom this work has been created and their country on which this work has been created. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, learn and work and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders.


This project 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, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Sydney Festival and Brisbane Festival.

This project was initiated by the Yunupingu family and Skinnyfish Music
Produced by Perth Festival and Skinnyfish Music
Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) produced by Michael Hohnen & Skinnyfish Music with musical orchestrations and compositions by Erkki Veltheim.

Project developed in collaboration with:
Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre-
Yirrkala Arts Centre
The Mulka Project

THANK YOU

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