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Denmark is sparkling in the autumn sunshine and we can't wait to welcome you !!! Two weeks till the Festival opening...
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Perch Creek Delight Audiences at Fairbridge

“They perform with such infectious joy. The gig was pure showmanship.” – Australian Musicians Network – live review.

There is a distinct buzz around Denmark about the coming of Perch Creek. Word has gotten out about their recent Fairbridge performances everyone is excited.

Australian folk pop outfit Perch Creek will be delivering their unforgettable, uplifting and high-energy show at this year’s festival. Perch Creek are a band of five exuberant and multi-talented musicians, four of whom are siblings.

They play harmony driven modern folk music with a creative energy and fearless golden spirit. With diverse instrumentation including guitar, bass, keyboard, trombone and saw, Perch Creek combine five-part vocal harmonies with folk, pop, roots and rock musical styles, all threaded together by the band’s unique five-way collaborative song-writing.

They will be touring in support of their hot new album in twenty eighteen – highly anticipated and quality time in the making – produced by renowned artist Greg J Walker (CW Stoneking, Paul Kelly, Jen Cloher). Perch Creek have toured from Europe to Canada, Woodford Folk Festival to Golden Pains, Edinburgh Fringe to ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks. The band consistently deliver unforgettable, uplifting and high-energy shows.
 


 
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).
 




 
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Dr Riley Lee
 

Fill Your Creative Cup With More Than 30 Hours of Workshops

 
... From Gregorian Chant to Beatbox.
Including a special full day workshop Breath with Dr Riley Lee

 
We encourage you to check out the extraordinary selection of workshops available at this year's festival here:

http://www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au/workshops/
 

 

Kim Scott scoops up awards...


 Kim Scott, appearing at DFoV, has picked up two major awards in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards....
 
The Book of the Year award went to Kim for his fourth novel, Taboo (Pan Macmillan Australia), about a group of Wirlomin Noongar people who return to the site of a massacre.In their comments, the judges wrote the novel was "a powerfully mystical story where dead creatures spring to life out of campfires and wheat trucks, and where Aboriginal ancestors rustle and murmur as they are awakened by the acts of the living".

"Scott writes here with tender determination about the imperative for Australia to transcend trauma of many kinds, to imagine Aboriginal people not 'busted and broken'," the judges wrote.

DFoV is delighted that Kim will be talking about his work with the Wirlomin Noongar Language project, as well as offer an account of his introduction to the ‘Republic of Letters’. He’ll present a number of readings from his publications, along with their inspiration and connections. Kim’s personal story, like his novels, is anchored in Aboriginal ancestry and history. At the heart of his varied career is a passion for using stories as a means of reconnecting with his heritage which he has done as an English teacher, novelist and now as he works on a Noongar language project which he sees as a form of cultural consolidation

 
 
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Stories of Resilience, Identity and Culture

Hossein Bouazar
Esther Amito Onek
This year's Festival brings you the Centre for Stories which will feature a series of voices from a diverse group of storytellers. Join them for intimate, live storytelling sessions about resilience, identity, and culture.

The beautiful handmade Yurt will accommodate them alongside the likes of Noongar storyteller Lynette Knapp, Delson Stokes of the Yabu Band and many more.

You will also see Esther and Hossein at the Butter Factory Studios as part of the program honouring unheard voices. Daniel and Matt Bacon will be part of the 'Voice and Identity' Panel with some other very interesting speakers. Definitely one to watch out for over the Festival weekend.

Hossein Bouazar is a young Ahwazi refugee who arrived in Australia late 2012. He completed his Diploma of ICT Networking whilst learning English. Hossein always fascinated other students by telling his story to different schools in Western Australia...more.

Esther Amito Onek was born in South Sudan and is from the Acholi tribe. Due to South Sudan’s instability, her family fled to Kakuma Refugee camp where they lived for seven years...more.

Daniel Bacon was raised on a farm in the Swan Valley and has lived in Western Australia his whole life. He likes to use his experiences and story as a platform to encourage others to be able to share and accept theirs...more.

Matthew Bacon is 25 years old who considers himself a very passionate person, something that is reflected by his job and his studies in sexual health and sexuality. Growing up, Matthew says the one thing that could have helped him was knowing he wasn’t alone and that other people felt like him...more.

To find out more about the Centre for Stories click here.
 

Denmark Festival of Voice Poetry Slam!

Jesse Oliver
Jesse Oliver (Australian Slam Champion 2017) will be hosting the Denmark Festival of Voice Poetry Slam!

Slam contestants are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with their original spoken word, poetry, hip hop, monologues and stories.

Five judges are picked randomly by the MC. After each performance, judges hold up score cards using a 1- 10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Of the five scores for each poet, only the middle three scores are counted. The judges’ decisions are final! And at the end of the night, the poet with the most points wins the slam!

We will be judging by the Perth Slam rules that can be found here.

Bring your poems, sign up & dazzle us with your genius! Or come along and watch the competition unfold. Who will be the Denmark Festival of Voice slam champ?

Keep your eyes peeled for Jesse Oliver's Slam Poetry Performance Workshop which will be held during the Festival in the lead up to the Poetry Slam. Jesse asks that you bring down your semi-finished poetry and learn how to transform your words from page to stage, and from stage to engage! If you would like some help to develop your poem from a professional, this is the perfect place to start.
Koondarm                                                                                    Winiata Puru

Seeking Venue Managers and MCs

Have you ever thought about working behind the scenes or on the stage at the Denmark Festival of Voice? Why not try your hand at managing a venue or give it a go as MC?

To express an interest in being a Venue Managers or MC click here.
Endeavourous
No Rechoirments

Seeking Local Residents to Billet Performers

We have a whole range of lovely artists who would love to be billeted (accommodated) by a local Denmarkian! If you are willing to billet an artist, or two…or an entire choir, we’d love you to fill in the form below and get back to us soon.

To express an interest in billeting click here.
Five7
Kate Wilson

Volunteer for 8 Hours for a Weekend Pass

Volunteer for the Festival! We ask volunteers to give 8 hours of their time in a fun atmosphere with friendly people! Then you are free to use your weekend ticket to go to as much as you wish outside of your shifts.

Being mentally healthy is just as important as being physically healthy. Volunteering is a great way to be part of something, to meet people, to connect with a positive community, learn new skills and have a great weekend of vocal delight!

To sign up as a volunteer click here.
Ross Vegas
Lots of Little Sea Creatures

Carpooling from Perth, Albany or elsewhere


The Festival is supportive of options such as car pooling to assist in reducing the Festival's carbon footprint. If anyone has a spare seat on their journey to or from the Festival or needs a lift, please feel free to share your request/offer on our Facebook page.

To go to our Facebook page click here.

Double the Denmark Festival of Voice Dollar!

In order to keep this unique Festival buzzing with entertainment each year, Denmark Arts relys heavily on corporate sponsorship, government funding and donations.

Creative Partnerships Australia have offered some valuable advice on fundraising and approved us for a matched-funding grant called Plus 1. This means that for every dollar raised through donations until mid-May, the federal government will give us another dollar to match! All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible. Corporate sponsors also welcome.

If you love the Denmark Festival of Voice help us raise much-needed funds to keep this Festival strong and more sustainable!
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