Federation Bells are a set of 39 bronze bells located in Birrarung Marr in central Melbourne
White Night - 20 February 2016
Come along and play Melbourne’s iconic 39 bells with your own phone on White Night Melbourne 2016.
The federation bells will be in ‘interactive’ mode for the entire duration of White Night from 7PM to 7AM.
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.
The City of Melbourne is delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Federation Bells Composition Competition.
John Coutts – Call to Prayer
John, a mechanical engineer from Melbourne, says of his piece:
“The idea I had in mind while writing “Call to Prayer” for the Federation Bells was one of calling people together to appreciate the world they live in, regardless of their beliefs or origins. I hope as people stand and listen to the Islamic and Christian (and perhaps a touch of gamelan) themes on Aboriginal ground they will feel a sense of oneness and take delight in their diversity and marvel at their beautiful surroundings.”
This is John’s second competition winner after also taking last year’s first prize for his piece “Whispers”. For more information about John and his composition, download the Call to Prayer notes, where he talks about the inspiration for the piece, his background, and what it means to win the competition.
Trevor Adelson – Parkville Suite
Amy Bennett, Creative Learning Producer at Arts Centre Melbourne Councillor Rohan Leppert, Chair of the Arts and Culture portfolio at City of Melbourne Ariel Valent, Curator Musical Instruments for the City of Melbourne
Seventy-two compositions from Australia and around the globe were submitted for the competition. The judges were very impressed with the standard of entry and many of the works submitted will go into regular programming.
The Federation Bells will feature the winning works from Friday 18 December, and play complete playlists of all entries over January 2-3, 2016.