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


Oktoberfest at the Bells: Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 October

oktoberfest is coming to birrarung marr:
  • Saturday 22 October, 2pm – 10pm.
  • Sunday 23 October, 12pm – 9pm

To help set the festive mood the Federation Bells will be featuring a couple of classic German drinking songs, specially arranged for the bells:

  • Ein Prosit - the drinking song that is heard throughout the Oktoberfest to get the Gemütlichkeit going.
  • Hofbräuhaus-Lied - the classic oom-pah ode to Munich’s famous beer hall.

These songs will be heard alongside a selection of other bell ‘hits’ on the hour and half-hour throughout the festival.

So come along, grab a Bier und Wurst, and sing along with the Oktoberfest bells!

For more information and tickets visit melbourne.oktoberfestinthegardens.com.au

2016 AFL Grand Final Week

The Federation Bells are playing their part in AFL Grand Final Week with original arrangements of all the Football Club theme songs.

All the clubs’ themes will be featured in an end of season ladder countdown on Friday 30th September at 12.30pm and 5.00pm.  And of course the two competing Grand Final teams’ songs will be played on Grand Final day (Saturday 1st October), and the 2016 AFL Grand Final Winner’s theme will be featured on Sunday 2nd October.

So come along  and celebrate the AFL Grand Final week, and hear your club’s theme as never heard before.

For a full schedule of times and what’s playing visit the schedule page.

All the themes were arranged by composers from across Australia:
Adelaide Greg Champion
Brisbane Harry Williamson
Carlton Matt Archer
Collingwood Adam Starr
Essendon Tony Pain
Fremantle John Coutts
Geelong John Coutts
Gold Coast Chris O’Neill
Greater Western Sydney Daryl Wallis
Hawthorn Rob Jennings
Melbourne Dennis Wilkinson
North Melbourne Ariel Valent
Port Adelaide Chris O’Neill
Richmond Rob Jennings
St. Kilda Fabian Acuna
Sydney Daryl Wallis
West Coast Matt Archer
Western Bulldogs Peter Knight

Sound Workshop and Performance with Dylan Martorell

27 – 28 September, 8 October

In this workshop series led by Dylan Martorell, you will experiment with sound techniques using Ableton and Fruity Loops to create a series of compositions and sound designs for the Federation Bells.

Investigate touch and vibration based electronics, play with robotics and work with experimental sound methods.

Your compositions will be performed at the Fed Bells on sunset to a live audience.


Workshops: Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 September (Spring School Holidays), 10am to 4pm each day at SIGNAL.

Performance: Saturday 8 October 7pm at Federation Bells, Birrarung Marr

SIGNAL is located on Flinders Walk, Northbank behind Flinders Street Station.

Workshops are free and open to young people 13 to 25 years.

Bookings for the free workshop are essential. BOOK NOW

This project is presented in collaboration with SIGNAL.

Dylan Martorell

Transience, improvisation and collaboration form the basis of Dylan Martorell’s music-based art practice. Housed within the conceptual framework of a musical diaspora, his work is drawn to ways in which music travels through space and is affected by changes in geography, climate, culture and materials to become an agent for cross-cultural reciprocation.

Martorell’s works typically involve a highly disciplined and refined level of detail intertwined with an ad hoc improvisation and bowerbird aesthetic. Inspired by his global travels, major interests for the artist are the natural world, human ritual, ethnography and mythology. This interest manifests in his art through an almost synesthetic combination of colour, pattern, sound and line. Focusing on the use of site-specific gleaned materials and incorporating elements of upcycling, DIY culture, robotics, and alternative power sources, Martorell’s recent projects conducted in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia have focused on concepts of transience, portability and sustainability.


SIGNAL is a creative studio for young people 13 to 25 years located on Northbank in the heart of Melbourne. The program offers young people the opportunity to work alongside professional artists in a collaborative way, through mulit-artform workshops and mentoring.

SIGNAL provides emerging and established artists with opportunities and spaces for exploration, creation and showcasing.


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