Friday @ DFoV

Friday at the Festival

Festival Opening: ’12 Voices 3 Countries 1 Heart’ – free event

Supa IGA Carpark   7.45pm-8.15pm

Join Festival Guests Ensemble Aznash Laaman, Compagnia Sacco and Lior in this free Festival opening, launching the DfoV 2017 in the spirit of peace, compassion and harmony. Watch as we turn the undercover carpark into a symphony of vision and sound.

Welcome to Country: Wayne Wonitji ‘speakers of the spirits’ local custodian of Pibulmun Wadandi people will offer the Welcome to Country, starting us in the language of the land on which we meet: Noongar Boodja. Following on from our Welcome to Country – our honouring of the earth on which we gather, and the custodians, story-keepers and ancestors of that earth – we offer a welcome to three languages, three countries, three threads of our shared story…


“Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river – each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged” (Rumi)

Our Festival opening celebrates voices who seek gratitude, compassion and love, and who stand together: 12 voices, from 3 different countries, 3 different traditions, all drawn from, and returning to, the same ocean.

And in the words that they all used: ‘we sing with one heart’.

  “A language is a flash of the human spirit, it is a vehicle through which the soul of each particular culture comes into the material world” (Wade Davies)


The opening, in three languages will be sung in front of a specially created visual  composition, by Denmark artist Nikki Green. Her work, projected onto the concrete walls of the underground carpark, threads the voice of justice across the global spectrum with ancient prayers layered with images of nature. In front of this projection, her ‘three scripts’ stencil will offer another texture, using light and shadow on the projections.  The scripts here are Arabic (Bismillah), Hebrew (the prayer Aveinu Malkeinu) and the Amen familiar to Christianity.

A prayer of harmony by Denmark prayer-smith Alison Kershaw will conclude the Festival Opening.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government Department of Communication and the Arts’ Festivals Australia Program and the Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

You will then have time to walk to one of our Friday evening concerts (separate tickets needed):


Baroque Opera: The Judgement of Paris

Denmark Civic Centre 8.30pm

Tickets $40 on-line

NOW SOLD OUT but Thurs matinee and Thurs evening shows available. On-line tickets will open for these on Monday.

Although The Judgement of Paris (1701) is generally categorised as an opera, John Eccles’ work is substantially different to the monumental works of the 19th and 20th centuries. With ‘songs’ that remind us of ‘Greensleeves’ and other well-known tunes, Eccles’ composition explores emotions, as experienced by the shepherd Paris, the God Mercury and the three Goddesses, Juno (the goddess of marriage), Pallas (goddess of war) and Venus (the goddess of love).

The Judgment of Paris is presented by the combined forces of the Denmark community and professional musicians from Perth, Melbourne and Europe. The soloists are professional and semi-professional singers from Perth and Melbourne. The orchestral players (on period instruments) are from near and far, and the Denmark Baroque Opera Chorus, resplendent in gorgeous baroque costume, is largely community-based.

Music Director, Georg Corall, and Vocal Coach, Patricia Alessi, each a specialist in their field, bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience to this production. Stage Direction, by both Patricia Alessi and local Denmark dramaturge Neil Antar Riddell, is both gently innovative and informed by early English festive courtly entertainment.

This project has been assisted by Denmark Arts and funded by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, the Denmark Community Foundation, UWA, the Centre for the History of Emotions, Sarabande Early Music Group, Bankwest,  and the Shire of Denmark.


The Giovanni Consort: Choral Masterworks

St Leonard’s Anglican Church 8.30pm

Tickets $25 on-line or at the door if not sold out

The Giovanni Consort are delighted to return to the Denmark Festival of Voice in 2017, where this year they will present an array of masterpieces that celebrate the emotional power created by A Cappella singing. Choral Masterworks will take audiences on a journey from Renaissance times to the present day, exploring the highlights of composers well known for their skills at writing for voice. These include Tallis, Byrd, Rheinberger, Britten, Poulenc, Bruckner and Arvo Part as well as many others. The Giovanni Consort will deliver a concert of both sacred and secular vocal music that will create a deep impression on listeners, encouraging them to explore the works of these composers once they have left. They invite anyone who shares a passion for the human voice to attend this performance and rejoice in the celebration of Choral Masterworks.


and after that why not join us at the Festival Club at the Butter Factory Studios through to midnight for music, wine and friendship. $10 entry at the door or weekend ticket (Sat and Sun Festival Club need weekend or day ticket, but we’re throwing Fri night open to all for $10):

Endearing Y’s

Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart 

Myles Mitchell & the Hot Mama’s



But before all of this, we kick off by celebrating the youngest voices in our community:


Act-Belong-Commit Youngest Voices Concert   

Golden Hill Steiner School

Spirit of Play

and the Hip Hobbits ‘Legend of the Green Turtle’

Denmark Civic Centre 4.30-6pm – FREE


Act-Belong-Commit Youth Concert  

Denmark Senior High School Music Program

Denmark Civic Centre – 6-7.30pm; $10 – purchase on-line or at the door if places available


The Act-Belong-Commit DFoV Youth Program is proud to promote the message of fostering a mentally healthy WA.

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