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Santos Opening Night Concert


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

With Darwin Symphony Orchestra

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After the disappointment of last year, we are thrilled to finally be able to present our free opening night concert extravaganza, Buŋgul.

Experience the traditional songs, dances and paintings that inspired Gurrumul’s album 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 final gift to the world. An astounding achievement of music acclaimed the world over, it presented traditional songs and harmonised chants from his 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, as the Amphitheatre is transformed into a meeting place of dance, song and ritual for Buŋgul.

Download the house program to read on your mobile device. It contains detailed information about the show and the meaning of the songs and visuals.

  • Music by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupiŋu, Erkki Veltheim & Michael Hohnen

  • Directed by Don Wininba Ganambarr & Nigel Jamieson
  • Creative Producer Michael Hohnen
  • Executive Producer Anna Reece
  • Musical Director & Conductor Erkki Velheim
  • Designer & Creative Associate Jacob Nash
  • Lighting Designer Mark Howett
  • Associate Lighting Designer Chloe Ogilvie
  • Cinematographer Paul Shakeshaft
  • Sound Designer Steve Francis
  • Video Designer Mic Gruchy
  • Performed by Nebbie Burrarrwaŋa, Robert Burrarrwaŋa, Mark Guruwiwi, Terence Guruwiwi, Jaimie Yunupiŋu, Teo Yunupiŋu, David Yunupiŋu, Kyle Yunupiŋu, Jason Ganambarr
  • Technical Director Shona Treadgold

  • Production Manager John Carter
  • Stage Manager Erin Daly
  • Company Manager Claudia Rayne
  • Assistant Stage Manager Mand Markey
  • FH Engineer Guy Smith
  • Monitors Scott Jennings
  • QLAB Systems Jeremy Turner
  • Lighting Operator Christian Lovelady
  • First Camera Scott Wood
  • Photo Anna Reece

    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

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This project was initiated by the Yunupiŋu family and Skinnyfish Music

Produced by Perth Festival and Skinnyfish Music

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.

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