About the Denmark Festival of Voice
The Denmark Festival of Voice is an intimate festival, held every year over the June long weekend in the beautiful south coastal town of Denmark, Western Australia. A project of Denmark Arts, the Festival is a celebration of the human voice, with a special focus on community singing, and each year brings together an inspiring lineup of local, national and international artists in a cappella and accompanied ensemble, group and individual performances. The Festival has been going since 2004.
Every year hundreds of people come together to watch, listen, learn, laugh, share their stories and sing their hearts out – choral – comedy – cabaret – poetry – spoken word – storytelling – sacred music – revolution songs – indigenous – world music – folk – country – jazz – gospel – hip hop – the blues
The Festival fills every corner of Denmark town from the Civic Centre to Teahouse Books and St Leonard’s Church.
Denmark Festival of Voice stirs up a heady brew of vocal flavours and serves it up in heritage and contemporary venues all within a gentle stroll of each other in the heart of the charming Denmark village. The Denmark Festival of Voice is an immersion weekend that is all about singing. Everyone that comes along – professional, amateur or enthusiast – gets to join in.
It doesn’t matter whether you have lots of experience or none. Denmark Festival of Voice offers something for singers at all levels.
Join in a fantastic range of workshops presenting everything from practical skills development in areas including repertoire, harmony, vocal improvisation, stagecraft and presentation to more experiential offerings and cultural explorations. Acclaimed conductor Rachel Hore will be leading this year’s Big Sing.
2016 saw the return of a festival favorite: Mongolian throat-singer Bukhu Ganburged, but with the addition of his whole band Equus, combining multi-harmonic overtone singing, traditional horse-hair fiddle, beatboxing and looping.
We were very excited to have South Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai grace our stages fresh from WOMAD.
Blurring the lines between art, song and performance is Linsey Pollak, accompanied by Lizzie O’Keefe presenting “Dangerous Song” – an immersive experience of the sounds of endangered animals accompanied by the human voice.
Electro-choral loop was on offer from Aphir. Early choral music presented by The Giovanni Consort. And spoken word came with a new twist from dynamic performer Candy Royalle and hip-hop rapper Mathas.
The very popular story-telling yurt featured again with a jam-packed program led by gifted Melbourne story-teller Donna Jacobs-Sife.
“The Festival of Voice is so wonderfully integrated into the town of Denmark – it fits like a glove and feels just as comfortable. Energised by voices that resound in every corner of the town, the Festival is wonderfully uplifting and positive. I love its cosiness, warmth and spirit – timber churches, halls and cafés literally resonate with song…”
Rod Vervest: Program Manager Great Southern; Perth International Arts Festival
These are just some of the many acts to have graced the Denmark Festival of Voice stage in previous years…
Archie Roach-Flamenco Puro-Kerrianne Cox-Stiff Gins-Totally Gourdgeous-The Pepperjacks-The Mae Trio-TLA Quartet-Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo-Salvation Jane-Naya Chorale-One Achord-Burundi Peace Choir
The Seals-Matt Cal-Kavisha-Peter Brandy-Grace Barbé-Akasa-Tony Backhouse & The Heavenly Lights-Carolina Cordeiro-Gina Williams-Daramad-Cocos Lunch-Hessom Razavi-Makarita and Leone-Eugene Eades
Stephen Taberner-Spooky Men Of The West-Voicemale-Band Of Angels Gospel Choir-Rachel Hoare-Valanga Khosa-A Capella West-Working Voices Choir-Bernard Carney-GALSWA-De Nada-Josie Wowolla Boyle
Dya Singh-Mr Percival-Aluka-Kate Wilson-A Kappella Munda-Ballpoint Penguins-Junior Bowles-Summerhouse-Clint Bracknell-The Real Sing-Jubilee Singers of Bridgetown-Jude Iddison-Madjitil Moorna-Mal Webb-Messers Lore