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Important performance update

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of the artists and creative team, Buŋgul will no longer be proceeding at RISING.

If you're a ticket holder, you will receive an automatic refund with no further action required.

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Information correct at midday, 26/5.

Presented by RISING


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Erkki Veltheim conductor
Recorded vocals of Dr G Yunupiŋu
Terrence Gurruwiwi vocals
Yolŋu dancers

The Inspiration behind Dr Gurrumul Yunupiŋu’s seminal album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) brought to the stage in a hypnotic performance, supported by the MSO.

A buŋgul is a ceremony, a gathering ground: a meeting place of dance, song and ritual.

Dr Gurrumul 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; accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; and directed by Senior Yolŋu Don Wininba Ganambarr and Nigel Jamieson.

The heart and soul of a masterpiece made real.

Arts Centre Melbourne indoor venues are operating at 100% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. Face masks are required for patrons 12 years and older.

Important venue information:

  • QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
  • Hamer Hall foyer bars will be open pre-show and if there's an interval involved.
  • Personal water bottles will be permitted inside and filtered tap water will be available for self-service at the foyer bars
  • No Cloak Room
  • No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection

Orchestra safety on stage
The safety of our musicians, staff and audience remain the highest priority as we return to the post-COVID concert hall. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, the MSO has begun rapid-result, asymptomatic testing for all members of the Orchestra and on-stage production staff. As such, you may notice that our musicians are not wearing masks while performing, and that they may be spaced more closely together than previously.

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