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


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.

Circle - Naretha Williams

Part of Yirramboi – First Nations Arts Festival

Installation: 5-14 May

Daily 8-10.30am, 12-2.30pm, 4.30-7pm

Performance: 11 May 11:59pm (40 mins)

Circle is a moon-drenched sound bath and live activation of the large scale sculptural instrument Federation Bells.

Set on the high ground of the Birrarung Marr, Circle is the public initiation of Naretha Williams’ current composition project CRYPTEX.
CRYPTEX – Bio Templates & Ceremonial Frameworks for Contemporary Composition; utilises the source code of the body by analysing DNA sequences to create mathematical templates to work with in a musical context. In this piece, song cycles are informed by the traditional seasons of the Kulin Nation, recognising 6 distinct phases of the year and bringing attention to our celestial knowledge systems.
This performative installation is the first outcome of a larger body of work in which the artist further unpacks her signature practice around identity, place and the unseen world.
Circle is a midnight ritual of sound environments, unusual harmonics and textural listening-scapes.
This modular artwork will also play throughout YIRRAMBOI as a stand alone installation, within the Federation Bells curated program.

Presented By YIRRAMBOI and Federation Bells. With thanks to Australia Council, M.E.S.S., Auspicious Arts Projects, Matthew Gingold and Aunty Fay Stewart Muir.

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