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Wednesday 4 October | From 6:30pm



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Join the Kulin Tanderrum meeting of the five clans of the Kulin Nation for Melbourne Festival in the Square.

Kulin Tanderrum (ceremony) bring together the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Dja Dja Wurrung and Wadawurrung clans, and your invitation to join them on this land.

This Tanderrum had not been practiced here in Melbourne since 1835, but in the past five 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.


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