Music, NT Artist, Special Event Northern Territory
Santos Opening Night Concert


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

With Darwin Symphony Orchestra


The Amphitheatre is transformed into a meeting place of dance, song and ritual for this year’s huge free Santos Opening Night Concert.

Experience the traditional songs, dances and paintings that inspired Gurrumul’s Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), in a live performance by Yolŋu dancers, songmen and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.

Created on country in North East Arnhem Land with the Yunupiŋu family, Buŋgul is a ceremonial celebration of Gurrumul’s seminal final album, a landmark in Australian music. It transcends its author’s death and celebrates his life, by bringing together western music and his family’s musical and cultural traditions.

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.

Pack a picnic, bring the family and make a night of it with food and drinks from our onsite vendors.

Free event. All welcome! Gates open 5.30pm for a 7.30pm performance.

Please note capacity is limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment. For those who have registered for this event, please note this does not guarantee entry. Patrons will be admitted to the venue in order of arrival.

  • As multifaceted as performance art can be.

    Sydney Morning Herald
  • A transcendent meeting of musical traditions and a superb tribute to the life and artistry of the late Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

  • Music by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupiŋu, Erkki Veltheim & Michael Hohnen
  • Directed by Don Wininba Ganambarr & Nigel Jamieson
  • Creative Producer Michael Hohnen
  • Musical Director Erkki Veltheim
  • Design & Creative Associate Jacob Nash
  • Cinematographer Paul Shakeshaft
  • Video Designer Mic Gruchy
  • Lighting Designer Mark Howett
  • Associate Lighting Designer Chloe Ogilvie
  • Sound Designer Steve Francis
  • ConcertmasterVéronique Serret
  • Producers Anna Reece & Mark Grose
  • Technical Director Shona Treadgold
  • Stage Manager Erin Daly
  • Company Manager Mand Markey
  • Front of House Engineer Guy Smith
  • Head of Sound & Systems Engineer Cam Elias
  • QLAB Systems Technician Jeremy Turner
  • First Camera Scott Wood
  • Photo Jacob Nash
  • Perth Festival and Skinnyfish give thanks and pay respects to the Yolŋu people of North East Arnhem land with whom this work has been created, and on whose country 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 was initiated by the Yunupingu family and Skinnyfish Music

Produced by Perth Festival and Skinnyfish Music

Supported by Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre – Yirrkala Arts Centre and The Mulka Project

Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) the album was produced by Skinnyfish Music with musical orchestrations and compositions by Erkki Veltheim

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, Rising, Sydney Festival and Brisbane Festival.

Supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative

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