Esplanade Presents


Introduction to the Didgeridoo

Ngulmiya Nundhirribala & Nayurryurr Nundhirribala (Australia)

30 Apr 2023, Sun, 1pm


(Intermission: None)

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Discover the ancient Aboriginal art of playing the didgeridoo, an iconic instrument that has been used for thousands of years in traditional ceremonies and storytelling with Ngulmiya Nundhirribala and his son, Nayurryurr. Participants will be guided through the fundamentals of playing the didgeridoo, including how to produce different sounds, rhythms and breathing techniques.


Yidaki—the Aboriginal term for the didgeridoo, in the indigenous Yolngu language—was discovered in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Claimed to be the world’s oldest wind instrument. the didgeridoo is traditionally made from the tree limbs and trunks of hardwoods (eucalyptus and sometimes, bamboo or pandanus) native to the region, that have been hollowed out by termites. Its shape is therefore irregular, and the instrument produces a low resonant droning sound that can incorporate complex rhythmic patterns.


• Patrons who have registered will have priority entry to the venue.

• Patrons who have registered must arrive 5 mins before the start of the event to guarantee your admission.

• Patrons who have registered but are not at the venue 5 mins before the start will have their seats released to walk-in patrons on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Limited seats are available at the door.

• Seating will be assigned by Esplanade’s ushers.

Admission Age:
10 and above
Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Ngulmiya Nundhirribala

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Ngulmiya Nundhirribala is an iconic ceremony leader and songman from Arnhem Land with a powerful voice and presence. He shares improvisations on previously private ceremony songs and Dhumbala (Red Flag) songs and stories, that developed over centuries, through his family's long relationship and history with the Makassan traders and sailors from Southeast Asia. Nayurryurr Nundhirribala is his son.

Date & Time

30 Apr 2023, Sun


Esplanade Rehearsal Studio

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