Federation Bells are a set of 39 bronze bells located in Birrarung Marr in central Melbourne


White Night - 18 February

Melbourne’s iconic 39 bells will open and close White Night Melbourne 2017.

The federation bells will perform a 15-minute selection of compositions, at both 6:45pm and 7am. 

Opening 6:45pm Saturday

All Bells That Ends Well by James Henry
Purple Daze by Daryl Wallis
The Birrarung Rag by John Coutts

Closing 7:00am Sunday

Eternal Birrarung by Deborah Cheetham
And As We Open the Musicbox by Jordan Gilmour

Throughout the night come along and play the bells with your own phone.

The federation bells will be in ‘interactive’ mode for the duration of White Night from 7:00PM to 7:00AM.

Install the free Federation Bells App on your phone or tablet, then come down to the bells and connect to the wifi to ring the bells by tapping on your screen.  You can even choose selected songs to play or have a game of Simon Bells.

Find out more and download the Federation Bells App.


Modified Schedule during 2017 Australian Open

14-22 January, 2017

For the 2017 Australian Open there will be the AO Festival located at Birrarung Marr.

During this period there will only be the morning 8-9am bell schedule.

There will also be limited access to the Federation Bells, as the area will only be accessible with an Australian Open ticket.

Normal scheduling and interactive sessions will start again on Monday 23 January.

Bart Willoughby single launch - Woodskin Funk

Monday 19 Dec, 5.30 – 6.00pm, free

Pioneering indigenous performer Bart Willoughby is celebrating the release of the first single Woodskin Funk off his forthcoming album Resonance due for release early 2017 with a performance incorporating the Federation Bells.

A labour of love, the album is a progression from Bart’s earlier album We Still Live On. A combination of atmospheric recordings from the Kimberly’s Bungle Bungle Ranges and the Melbourne Town Hall grand organ. On this occasion Willoughby plays with the Federation Bells, melding the resonating sounds captured within the vastness of nature with the grandeur of the City of Melbourne’s grand organ.

Personally it was a chance for Willoughby to connect his father song-lines to the Gija people through stories told and collaboration with elder song man Uncle Gabe on two tracks.

For the single launch at the Federation Bells, Willoughby will be jamming on his woodskin along with the Bells accompanied by:

  • Phil Bywater on Sax
  • Anita Hustas on Double Bass
  • Soprano Shauntai Batzki.

The atmosphere of the Bungle Bungle ranges are placed at Birrurung Marr in urban Melbourne through soundscapes recorded by Nick Harrison and visual imagery by artist Frances Loriente.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.
Photo by Cole Bennetts

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