Image: Anna Reece


Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Erkki Velheim

A ceremonial celebration of one of the transcendent albums of our time. Bungul invites us to experience the traditional songs, dances and paintings that inspired Dr G Yunupiŋu’s final album, Djarrimirri (Child of the Rainbow), in a live performance by Yolngu dancers, Songmen and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Season: 14-15 June
Sessions during APAM Gathering: Wed 14 June at 8:00pm; Thu 15 June at 12:30pm & 8:00pm
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall


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 Yolgnu family’s musical traditions.

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

The heart and soul of a masterpiece made real.


Music: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Erkki Veltheim & Michael Hohnen
Directors: Don Wininba Ganambarr & Nigel Jamieson
Musical Director and Conductor: Erkki Velheim
Creative Producer: Michael Hohnen
Executive Producer: Anna Reece
Concertmaster: Veronique Serret
Design & 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, Jason Ganambarr

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