From opening with a Tanderrum bringing together the five clans of the Kulin, to a live tribute to an enduring musical tradition with Clinton Walker’s Buried Country, to the first known virtual reality film to tell an Indigenous Australian story of Nyarri Morgan, to the return of the distinctive Melbourne Art Trams featuring the work of Reko Rennie, this year’s Melbourne Festival features a stunning array of Indigenous artists and cultural projects.

Opening with a Tanderrum facilitated by Ilbijerri Theatre Company, the 2016 Melbourne Festival festivities take off at Federation Square on Wednesday 5 October. Kulin Tanderrum (ceremony) is the meeting of the five clans of the Kulin Nation: Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Dja Dja Wurrung and Wadawurrung, and an invitation to join them on this land. This Tanderrum had not been practiced here in Melbourne since 1835, but in the past four years it has become an integral moment in the commencement of each year’s Festival.

The Melbourne Festival takes place from 6-23 October 2016 – visit