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Stories, Poetry and Rising Voices

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Michelle Smith (jazz harpist)

Friday Night
Concert at the Church

8pm Friday 1 June
Tickets $25 (separately ticketed)
Michelle Smith
Praashekh Quartet

Trained by Deborah Henson-Conant; a Grammy Award nominated jazz harpist and composer with worldwide recognition, Michelle Smith is one of the only trained jazz harpists in Australia. Michelle travelled to the US for her training and now brings her unique talent to showcase here in the small but beautiful town of Denmark, WA.

Performing throughout the Festival weekend as half of duo, EDDE; Michelle will feature her solo act at the beautiful St Leonard's Church followed by the awe inspiring Praashekh Quartet.

Born in Pune, India, sarod maestro, Praashekh Borkar, is considered one of India’s leading younger generation musicians. He is an outstanding sarod player, who has invented his own Esarod, a smaller amplified version, to compliment his playing on the revered traditional Hindustani instrument of Moghul origins.

In Praashekh Quartet, he is joined by electrifying young tabla whizz, Sivakumar Balakrishnan, multi-reedman, Mark Cain, a leading figure in cross-cultural collaboration in Western Australia and player of multifarious conventional, ethnic and invented reed instruments and the prodigiously talented young Balinese bassist, Wayan Dana.

Join Michelle Smith and Praashekh Quartet for this night that is sure to leave you feeling absolutely mesmerised and nourished.

Check out some of Carla and Praashekh Quartet on Youtube below:
Carla Geneve
Praashekh Quartet

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Friday Night Rising Voices at the Civic Centre

8.30pm Friday 1 June
Tickets $20 (separately ticketed)

Carla Geneve
Clay Western

This concert is a showcase of some of the best young talent around. 

ZĀN is a desi singer, songwriter, electronic producer and video artist. Spending his early years in Pakistan, Japan and eventually Perth, ZĀN's sound evolved to encompass soul, sufism and an uncompromising political conscience. Both an ode and resistance to the Australian migrant parable, ZĀN’s artistry is a meditation on power, politics & freedom in the post-globalised world we live in.

Carla Geneve is bursting through the WA scene with her unique brand of brutally honest indie/folk. The 19-year-old Albany-born singer-songwriter’s captivating live show and relatable lyricism saw her win the inaugural Mojo Rising Band Competition and Best Regional Act at the WAM Awards. Carla's debut single ‘Greg’s Discount Chemist’ was released to an overwhelming response including 50,000+ streams on Spotify as well as becoming Triple J Unearthed’s feature artist, further solidifying Carla Geneve as one of this year’s most exciting up and coming Australian artists.

Local talent, Clay Western, is a local singer/songwriter, musician and surfer who will enthral you in his soulful vocals and the combination of rich acoustic and electric guitar playing. Growing up by the ocean and among the trees, Denmark has shaped Clay into the passionate person he is today, translated through his music and lyrics. Clay combines vocals, guitar and percussion, intimately connecting with and capturing audiences with his music and personal stories.

"Hope to see you at a show or in the water sometime soon."
~ Clay Western

Koondarm, a young adults choir with focus on Noongar culture and language, will be opening this concert to kick off the fabulous Festival weekend. The group aims to respectfully expose and encourage local language and come together to enjoy song. In doing so, creating a richer understanding of each others background, culture and lives.

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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.
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.
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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