Arts Centre Melbourne
6—16 May Free


A soundscape that envelops and reshapes the concrete structures and walkways of the arts precinct and returns the listener to what was, what is and what will be…

Yulendji explores the past, present and future of the ancient and evolving Birrarung (Yarra River) in sound from a trio of accomplished sound creatives. Allara (Yorta Yorta), Theo McMahon (Bundjalung) and James Howard (Jaadwa), are known for producing sonic installations reflecting culture, Country and politics.

In this world premiere, they use a psychogeographic process to map the Birrarung. They tell the stories of the topography, the memories of and cultural connection to the surrounding areas, before Melbourne’s arts structures are washed away–down to the foundations of what might come next.

What new opportunities arise once this ‘time of chaos’ has passed?

You will be able to listen to the soundscape playing on the speakers during your travels on St Kilda Road, as you pass between Hamer Hall and the Theatres Building, along the under covered walkway.

Dates & Times

Thu 06—Sat 15 May

Mon—Sat, 9am—9pm

Key Artists

Allara (Yorta Yorta), Theo McMahon (Bundjalung), James Howard (Jaadwa)


  • Sound Artist: Allara
  • Sound Artist: Theo McMahon
  • Sound Artist: James Howard

Additional Info

Presented by YIRRAMBOI Festival and Arts Centre Melbourne.

Commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne.

With guidance of Boon Wurrung Elder Carolyn Briggs and dramaturg Kamarra Bell Wykes (Yagera and Butchulla).

Image credit: Coree Thorpe (Yorta Yorta, Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wurundjeri), Yulendji, graphic digital design.