Tanderrum (Kulin for ceremony) is a celebration of the ground we stand on and of the people whose ancestors walked it before our time.
This powerful event brings together Elders from the five clans of the Eastern Kulin: Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wadawurrung to celebrate their rich cultural heritage and formally open the 2015 Melbourne Festival.
Through Tanderrum, Melbourne Festival and its visitors acknowledge the lore of creator spirit Bunjil and pay their respects to the vibrant and living culture of this land. When local and international artists pass through the smoke, they agree to follow the lore of the land and pay their respect to its custodians before receiving permission to perform song and dance on this land.
This is the lore of Bunjil that has existed for over 50,000 years.