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


Barney McAll with ASIO and the Federation Bells

Transitive Cycles

Saturday 4 June, 12.00pm – free

As part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, home-grown jazz piano luminary Barney McAll is back from New York and celebrating with two specially-commissioned new works for the Federation Bells.

McAll will play the bells along with his self-made instrument called Chucky and members of the Australian Symbiotic Improvisers Orbit:

  • Stephen Magnusson – Moog Guitar
  • Leigh FIsher – Drums
  • Jordan Tarento – Acoustic Bass
  • Adrian Sherriff - Trombone, Bata Drums and Shakuhachi Flute

Throughout the festival a specially commissioned work of McAll’s will also play on the bells every hour on the hour of the festival.

This is a free event, so come down to the Federation Bells for a very special Melbourne International Jazz Festival aural feast!

For more information visit melbournejazz.com


Play On at the Federation Bells

Celebrate your AFL team’s win at the ’G by visiting Melbourne’s Federation Bells and hear your club’s song played like never before.

Walk across the William Barak pedestrian bridge to Birrarung Marr (towards Federation Square) after the match and take the time to enjoy the winning team’s song on the 39 upturned brass bells.

The Federation Bells also play the songs of competing teams in the hour leading up to each MCG match, so the next time you head to a game at the ’G make sure you stop by the bells to hear your club’s song.

See the MCG Season Fixture


International Women's Day - 8th March 2016

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016 the Federation Bells will be playing a special playlist of compositions by women composers.

These pieces are a diverse showcase featuring local and overseas composers, book-ended by Deborah Cheetham’s Eternal Birrarung.

The below playlist will play from 8-9am, 12:30-1:30pm, and 5-6pm:

Title Composer
Eternal Birrarung Deborah Cheetham
Pointed Bone Susan Hull
Bells Chiara Costanza
I Climb Karen Berger
Wake Rose Lang
Ripples Celeste Moore
Peregrine Valentina Maxwell Tansley
Happiness and Joy Cassandra Fixter
The Edge Of Beginning Kirstin Honey
Garden of Bronze Peggy Polias
New Monument Stina Tester
Daydream Holly Sellers
The Bells of Birrarung Catherine Duc
Silence in SoundSpace Silvia Simons
Mediterranean’s Lamentations Xenia Konstadinidou
Eternal Birrarung Deborah Cheetham


For exact times of each piece please visit the What’s Playing page.

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