Our Story

In 2009, Peter Matic (founder and president of The Didge Circle) and Henning Gerlt, discussed establishing an annual didgeridoo festival in Melbourne, to raise awareness for this special instrument and Aboriginal culture in general.

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They approached the late Colin McKinnon-Dodd, manager of Aboriginal gallery Mia Mia in Westerfolds Park, Templestowe.

The proposed festival was endorsed by the local Wurundjeri people and the traditional custodians of the yidaki (didgeridoo), the Yolngu people of North East Arnhem Land. The 2010 Melbourne Didgeridoo Festival was held on Mia Mia Gallery’s grounds.

The festival has since been organised by a small committee of highly passionate volunteers. It has moved from Westerfolds Park to Warrandyte, then to its current location at Finns Reserve, Lower Templestowe.

The festival enjoys ongoing support from its major sponsor, Manningham City Council.

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Many special people have contributed in advisory and mentoring capacities, including Colin McKinnon-Dodd, Guan Lim, Andy Davern, Jeffrey Pratt and, particularly, the late Bruce Rogers.

The Melbourne Didgeridoo & Cultural Festival has featured numerous local artists and world class performers, among them Si Mullumby, Goompi, Gumaroy Newman, Andrew Langford, Ganga Giri, Mark Atkins, Richard Perso, Wild Marmalade, Bruce Rogers, and Bundjalung Kunjiel.

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Get ready for an amazing lineup of artists – and a few surprises – at the 2017 Melbourne Didgeridoo and Cultural Festival.

Didgefestival 2016

The Melbourne Didgeridoo & Cultural Festival 2016 was a rousing success, check out the highlights from last year’s event.

We enjoyed a family day of Music, Culture, Dance, Art, Food, Workshops and Kids Activities.

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This project was supported by Manningham City Council’s Community Grant Program.