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Tanderrum 2017 Melbourne Festival supplied image photographer credit James Henry
Photograph: James Henry

Head to Federation Square for this free opening ceremony of Melbourne Festival

For the fifth year, Melbourne Festival will open with Tanderrum: a Welcome to Country and ceremony performed by members of the five clans of the Kulin Nation (the five language groups who are the traditional owners of the Port Phillip region). This time, the ceremony will pay tribute to the murrup (spirit) of William Barak, a leader, spokesperson and warrior for Wurundjeri Country.

Check out our Melbourne Festival 2017 highlights hit list, and our Melbourne Festival Feasts guide.

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