History

Established in 2003, The Denmark Festival of Voice is not your average music festival. Held in the beautiful south coastal town of Denmark, Western Australia, the festival is one of only two dedicated vocal festivals in Australia. The festival  explores diversity, celebrating voices from near and far and those from the edge. Music is only one part of the program alongside storytelling, spoken word, poetry and experimental performance. So what ties this seemingly disparate program together? This carefully and lovingly curated festival seeks more than just high quality acts and beautiful singers from all walks of life. It seeks meaning, many meanings. From the ancient and the enduring, to the avant garde and the ‘as yet unknown’, universal and personal. This festival is about inspiration, designed to fill your creative cup with energy and ideas and the weekend offers an immersion experience of active engagement balanced with incredible audience experiences. 

What originally started as a festival for community choirs, the Denmark Festival of Voice has grown into a high quality experience that has a strong focus on diversity, authenticity and originality. The festival is now under the cultural guidance of Noongar Elders and includes a Noongar Opening Ceremony. The festival highlights the hidden voices surrounding us and is more than music, words, language and story and has been called by one guest "a finely woven fabric with the thread bringing it together being an abiding focus on the power and beauty of the human voice".

Noongar community partnership

The Denmark Festival of Voice is under the cultural guidance of Noongar Elders Eugene Eades and Eliza Woods. In 2019 the festival had our first Noongar directed Opening Ceremony which will a remain a feature of this year's and future festivals.
The festival has partnered with the Noongar community for a number of years to ensure strong representation from Noongar and other Aboriginal performers and presenters.

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2022 Artwork 

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Resolve by Peter Usher

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Peter Usher is a contemporary landscape painter based in Denmark, Western Australia. His home studio is nestled in pristine native forest and close to the wild and unique coastline of the Great Southern region.

Inspired by that landscape his paintings sensitively combine natural elements of colour, light and texture with an 'essence of place'. Each work is a fusion of landscape and experience that resonates within the viewers imagination and invite an intimate and considered response. 

Since graduating from Curtain University, Perth, with a fine arts degree in 1995, Peter has worked continuously in the arts industry and has held 12 solo exhibitions since 2009. His work is now found in numerous private collections around the world.

Denmark arts

Denmark Arts is the peak body for arts within the Shire of Denmark and also offers services throughout the Great Southern region and beyond.  Throughout the year we run a wide range of arts programs and projects as well as offering support to artists and community. We also provide art consultation within the region.

Our vision is to:

  • Be a beacon of excellence in fostering regional community arts practice and providing an environment where creativity can flourish:

  • To provide a service initiating, encouraging, inspiring, promoting, valuing and supporting the development of a diverse range of arts and cultural activity within Denmark and the Great Southern.

  • To establish a creative arts hub centred within Denmark, which acts to nurture and inspire artistic exchange within and beyond the community.

  • To assist people in Denmark and surrounding areas to recognise and move towards their full creative potential as individuals and communities.

For more information about what we do visit our website.

Denmark Arts is funded by the State Government through Country Arts WA; and the Shire of Denmark.