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

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Bells of Peace

Thursday 21 September, 12.30 – 1.00pm – International Day of Peace

The Bells of Peace song will be performed by school children and choirs from the Yarra Ranges and played by the Federation Bells at Birrarung Marr on the International Day of Peace.

The song was commissioned in 2015 by the Dandenong Ranges Music Council (DRMC) to commemorate the Anzac Centenary and was originally composed for handbells. The inspiration for the song Bells of Peace came from Dame Nellie Melba ringing the Lilydale Fire Station bell to let the people of Lilydale know that WW1 had ended.

In 2017 the creative development of the song has involved choral arrangements by Kate Sadler, and arrangement for the bells and composition of the new piece, War Bells, by Karen Berger.

The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on 21 September, ‘commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples’. The 2017 U.N. Peace Day theme is ‘Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All’.

Presented by the Dandenong Ranges Music Council. Supported by the City of Melbourne

Participants: Kallista Primary School, Belgrave South Primary School, Tecoma Primary School, Upwey High School, Tecoma Peace Choir.
The creative development of the Bells of Peace is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


Welcome Song by Steve Falk

Refugee Week 18 – 24 June

In 2013, Museum Victoria commissioned internationally acclaimed composer/percussionist Steve Falk to compose a piece for the Federation Handbells on the theme of ‘welcome’.

Come and hear the piece performed on the Federation Handbells as part of the launch ceremony for the Inflatable Refugee on Saturday 17 June. Then, hear the work arranged on the Federation Bells in Birrarung Marr throughout Refugee Week.

Welcome Song will play on the hour from 8am – 6pm each day

Note: due to a Circus Oz performance on Wednesday 21 June there will be no 11am or 12pm performance.

Circus Oz at Birrarung Marr

June 20 – July 16

We welcome Circus Oz to Birrarung Marr once again for their Melbourne performances of Model Citizens under the Heated Big Top.

Model Citizens seamlessly blends the risk and beauty of breathtaking physical improbability with theatricality, choreography and Circus Oz’s distinct brand of Australian humour.

Before each performance the Federation Bells will play a special pre-show 30 minute playlist to ‘ring in’ the show.  So be sure to get to your performance in plenty of time to catch some bell action as well!

For more information about shows and tickets, please visit www.circusoz.com

Please note that during the Circus Oz 2017 season at Birrarung Marr, normal scheduling of the bells may change., including interactive sessions for the Federation Bells app.
See the What’s On page to view the schedule.


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