The Denmark Festival of Voice features performances and workshops in a range of venues, both heritage and contemporary, all within a gentle stroll of each other in the heart of the beautiful Denmark village. Parking is available near or adjacent to all venues and all have wheelchair access.
Festival Hub | Civic Centre | St Leonard’s Church | Mrs Jones Café/Old Butter Factory Studios & Festival Club | RSL Hall | Denmark Hotel | Tea House Books | The Artshouse| Luscious Organic café | Chilli, Lime, Salt café | Bamboo Hut food stall
The Festival Hub is one of your first stops when you get to Denmark. You need to go to the Festival Hub to exchange your email confirmation for tickets and/or wristbands for the events.
Centrally situated between the Civic Centre, St Leonard’s Church and the RSL Hall, the Festival Hub is in Strickland Street next to Chilli Lime Salt in Denmark. The Hub comprises the Festival Office, Box Office, wristband collection, lost and found, and Festival enquiries.
Hub opening hours will be posted here in May 2017
Please leave plenty of time when collecting your tickets and/or wristbands from the Festival Hub. There may be queues during the peak periods (Friday night and Saturday morning) and we don’t want anyone missing out or being late for performances.
Denmark Civic Centre
Strickland St (entry from Price St)
This is where it’s all happening folks! The Denmark Civic Centre is the main concert venue and also hosts some of the larger workshops. Musicians’ equipment lockup and public toilets can be found here too.^
St Leonard’s Anglican Church
Cnr Strickland & Mitchell Sts
St Leonard’s is an intimate concert and workshop venue, boasting a beautiful ambience and great acoustics.
Built in 1899 as the Mission Church, St Leo’s has been central to community life ever since. It was Denmark’s first church and is now the town’s oldest remaining building. Built in a company timber town in the heyday of milling, the church was constructed of local karri on land donated by the mill. The interior’s Baltic pine lining and unusual Gothic arch are said to reflect the influence of Norwegian mill workers in Denmark at the time of construction. In 1905 the church was closed when the sawmills shut down and Denmark’s population declined, but it reopened in 1909, and in 1914 was renamed St Leonard’s. After the cemetery was opened in Denmark (about 1910), the interior was turned around and the entrance placed away from the street to accommodate funeral processions. In 1978 timber struts were placed on the building to keep it upright after Cyclone Alby lifted it off its stumps. They have been retained for their historical value.^
Mrs Jones Café, Butter Factory Studios and the Festival Club
Festival Club & Festival Café
Mt Shadforth Rd
During the day Mrs Jones cafe hosts the Festival Café , a key focus of the Festival Fringe. It opens from 7am – 7:30pm for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee; fully licensed, featuring modern Australian cuisine with a focus on fresh local produce.
The Cafe presents local and visiting performers. Entry is free. For full details of artists performing at the Cafe, refer to the program.
Butter Factory Studios and Festival Club
The downstairs gallery space, which is home to the Butter Factory Artists’ Collective will host Festival events, art exhibitions and the late night Festival Club.
After the closure of Denmark’s timber mills in the early 1900s, dairying became the new industry. By 1926 local cream production was so great that the Great Southern Butter Company built the Factory, which continued to operate until 1973. In 1979 the Goundrey family took on the job of restoring and refurbishing the building and grounds, which include two magnificent palm trees planted in 1935 by Percy Berridge, a former gardener to the Queen. The Factory operated as the Goundrey’s wine-making facility until 1989 and cellar door until the mid 90’s. Still owned by the Goundrey Family, the building is now home to Butter Factory Studios and Galleries and Mrs Jones Café.
Cnr Strickland and Bent Sts
The RSL Hall in Strickland St is a lovely old timber building that provides a medium size space for concerts and workshops.
Built in 1954, the RSL Hall houses the Honour Board listing the 79 soldiers from Denmark who served in the First World War. At the front of the building sits the six-pounder anti-tank gun and carriage, placed as a mark of respect to the Denmark men and women who served in WW II. The RSL Hall has great historic and social significance to the greater Denmark Community and is still used by the active local sub-branch of the Returned & Services League as well as many other local community groups.
Friday Evening free fringe concert
The Denmark Hotel hosts the Blues @ Grooves gigs from 9pm to midnight on Friday.
Situated to face the new railway station across the river (now the Denmark Bowling Club), the Denmark Hotel was built in 1927 by local identity John (Jack) Clarke who, with his family, ran the hotel for many years. There have been many alterations and additions to the building since its construction, but much of the structure of the original hotel remains at it’s heart. John Clarke left a legacy to build the bandstand on the eastern bank of the river and to purchase instruments to establish a school band here in Denmark – the first school band in WA.
Concert and workshop venue
2a Strickland Street, Denmark, WA, 6633
The Arthouse, home of Denmark Arts, is located at the top of Strickland St.
Tea House Books and Café
Poetry, Wine and Cheese
Tea House Books is a great place to find beautiful books and delicious coffee and will be open all weekend during the festival. It hosts the annual Poetry, Wine and Cheese evening (see program).
Luscious Organic Café
A community focused Organic cafe and store championing local growers and artisan producers and supporting local musicians and artists. Serving certified organic fair trade coffee with local organic milk, house brewed chai, a huge selection of organic teas and our made in house Luscious Bites (raw, organic, gluten free, sugar free).
Chilli, Lime, Salt Café
My first inkling that I wanted to have my own cafe was when I was 15 and was completing my work experience at Mary Rose – now Mrs Jones… that was 23 years ago…. and its finally come true! The cafe is friendly bright and fun! Lots of fun. We are all about great customer service and quality coffee and food, (you may even hear me singing!). The menu changes regularly and is based on what is in season. Home cooked meals are always a winner. My aim is to support the local businesses as much as possible and to always remember that its the locals that are going to keep me in business.
The cafe is open Monday to Friday 8-3 Saturday 8-1 and open for special occasions on Sundays….like the Festival of the Voice…Come on down and enjoy the atmosphere while drinking a coffee… that’s only $3! $3 coffee all day every day!
Located near the yurt on the lawn opposite St Leonards Church and the Civic Centre
The Bamboo Hut food stall will be open during the weekend offering lunch and dinner. Wholesome hearty hot food, sweet delights as well as hot and cold drinks, come and grab a soup, curry, hot chai or a piece of cake.