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

Buŋgul 7 - 9 Feb Perth Concert Hall 7 - 9 Feb Perth Concert Hall $29 - 99 + BF
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'Unlike anything you have ever heard: genuinely ancient and timeless, while sizzling with sparse symphonic modernity.'


A Perth Festival Commission
With West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Produced by Skinnyfish Music and Perth Festival

‘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
In collaboration with Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre - Yirrkala Arts Centre,The Mulka Project

Music by
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Michael Hohnen & Erkki Velthiem
Directed by
Don Wininba Ganambarr & Nigel Jamieson
Creative Producer
Michael Hohnen
Musical Director
Erkki Veltheim
Design & Creative Associate
Jacob Nash
Lighting Design
Mark Howett
Video Design
Mic Gruchy
Sound Design
Steve Francis
Paul Shakeshaft
First Camera Assistant
Scott Wood
Anna Reece
Time & Location

7 - 9 Feb

Fri & Sat 7pm | Sun 6.30pm

Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth / Dyeedyallalup



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    • Adult: $99
    • Friend: $89
  • A Reserve

    • Adult: $89
    • Concession: $84
    • Friend: $80
  • B Reserve

    • Adult: $69
    • Concession: $65
    • Friend: $62
    • Student: $25
  • C Reserve

    • Adult: $39
    • Concession: $37
    • Friend: $35
    • Student: $25

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  • Tactile tour Sat 8 Feb 6pm
  • Audio described performance Sat 8 Feb 7pm
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Post show Q&A

Sat 8 Feb 

Stay in your seats after the performance to hear from creators and artists in a Q&A session.

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  • 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.


  • Jacob Nash

Painting by

  • Priscilla Barrapami Yunipingu

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