Opening Event: Ganbu Gulin

Launching FUSE Digital 2021, Ganbu Gulin celebrates and recognises First Nations peoples, and invites all residents, old and new, to be officially welcomed onto Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country.

The Ganbu Gulin digital program features a Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Welcome to Country with Uncle Bill Nicholson, dance performances from Djirri Djirri, a live streamed performance by acclaimed local musician Pirritu and excerpts from Arterial by Na Djinang Circus.

Ganbu Gulin will also launch the online premiere of the documentary, Ganbu Gulin: One Mob, available to view here for the duration of FUSE. This short film tells the story of Darebin Council’s decision to cease observing January 26 as Australia Day, and the evolution of Ganbu Gulin – an inclusive annual event that provides a platform for traditional owners to welcome new citizens in their own way.

We are proud to offer this online program in lieu of a live event while we wait for the time when we can walk on Country together again.

This event is for the entire Darebin community. Ganbu gulin: one mob.

FUSE Darebin acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people who are the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which this event takes place. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and culture, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.



Watch a recording of Pirritu's live performance for Ganbu Gulin: One Mob


Wurundjeri Woi-wurrrung Welcome to Country with Uncle Bill Nicholson
Filmed by Daniel King, edited and produced by Goodmorningbeautiful Films
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Wominjeka, performed by Djirri Djirri
Filmed on Wurundjeri Country by Ryan Tews
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Country, performed by Djirri Djirri
Filmed on Wurundjeri Country by Ryan Tews
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Arterial (Trailer) by Na Djinang Circus
Filmed by Jordan Kaye
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Arterial (Solo by Dylan Singh) by Na Djinang Circus
Filmed by Jordan Kaye
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Keen to see more? Watch the documentary film, Ganbu Gulin: One Mob here and learn about the evolution of Ganbu Gulin. Available online until Sunday 19 September.





Uncle Bill is passionate about sharing his extensive cultural knowledge with the broader community. He is deeply committed to Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung traditions and cultural practice and continuously advocates for the rights of contemporary Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people to access and practice culture on traditional Country. Uncle Bill is Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Corporation's principal adult cross-cultural educator for the corporate, not-for-profit and university sectors. A former Winston Churchill Fellowship recipient (2015), Uncle Bill’s fellowship explored cultural practice and maintenance amongst First Nation communities in urban environments. Uncle Bill was also amongst the Victorian delegates nominated to attend the First People’s Assembly which resulted in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.


Djirri Djirri are the only Wurundjeri female dance group, and also Traditional Custodians of Narrm (Melbourne). Djirri Djirri means Willy Wagtail in Woiwurrung, the language of Wurundjeri people, the Traditional Custodians of Narrm (Melbourne) and surrounds. The Willy Wagtail the Spirit Bird, gave them dance! Many of the group have danced since they were young children, while others have learnt as adults. Their dances are created to honour their Liwik (Ancestors), Kerr-up-non (Family), Biik (Country) and animals. They are all related by blood through one woman, Annie Borate, William Barak's sister. They teach their dancers to also sing in Woiwurrung language, their Mother Tongue.


Pirritu (Brett Lee) is a proud Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter. His music is gentle, honest and from the heart. Strange and melodic chords frame this songwriter’s vocals that weave around his lyrics like a gentle wind, enticing you into the depths of his personal journey, singing you a story of both sadness, love and hope.


Na Djinang Circus was founded by Waka Waka man Harley Mann. The circus is a First Nations-led company and their style focuses on traditional and contemporary performance, rituals, shapes and images. 

Event & ticketing details


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Dates & Times

Event (online) Saturday 4 September - 2pm - 3pm


Free Online Event

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