This year Denmark Arts is thrilled to be partnering with Community Arts Network to present Bilya Kep Waangkiny (River Water Stories) on the banks of the Kwoorabup Bilya (Denmark River). This will be a mesmerising performance by Noongar poets accompanied by live music.
The poems map a range of narratives including Noongar soldiers in the war, experiences in the stolen generation, Country, tributes to yorgas (women), politics, loss and love. With some new poems to share and a new music ensemble, this Denmark performance promises to be a rousing collaboration between poetry, music and culture.
These intimate performances grew out of a series of poetry workshops with members of the Northam Noongar community over the winter of 2017 and has been performed at the 2017 York Festival, at Quaraiding and Northam communities with new poets and musicians joining the group along the way.
The Denmark Festival of Voice will host the next chapter of Bilya Kep Waangkiny journey, featuring performances by Janet Kickett, Yvonne Kickett, Deborah Moody, Alf Taylor (author of Long Time Now, and featured poet in Rimfire: Stories of the Dreamtime; the Here and Now), Rosalie Quartermaine and Daniel Hansen (emerging poet in the Perth spoken word scene). Bringing together new and known poetic voices, the performance weaves through verse musings and deeply personal stories from the Avon River, the Wheatbelt and beyond.
The Denmark performance will also feature Heath Bergersen (from Rabbit Proof Fence, Japanese Story and ReFraction) as Director and didgeridoo player for the performances with Rachael Aquilina (violin), Melanie Robinson (cello) and Duncan Strachan (guitar).