Denmark Festival of Voice

Denmark Festival of Voice

Paul MacPhail

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be a guest of Denmark Arts Society for the fabulous 2016 Festival of Voice.

To be able to experience so many quality acts in such a varied and comprehensive program over one weekend was a huge treat. I was especially moved by Poco Tutti and the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir as two highlights of this year’s Festival. In addition, the works presented by many of the local groups, particularly in the Café Program was a testament to the year round work of our fantastic regional arts groups.

Poco Tutti performing at the Denmark Festival of Voice. Photo by Paul Mac Phail.

Poco Tutti performing at the Denmark Festival of Voice. Photo by Paul Mac Phail.

I felt the real star of the show was the Denmark Arts Society itself – to present more than 80 acts in 12 venues over two and a half days takes considerable planning, commitment and a lot of sweat and tears. I was particularly impressed with the massive volunteer army Vivienne Robertson and her staff had organised to assist in the smooth running of the whole event.

In the end, I came away feeling uplifted by the music and encouraged by the wonderful community spirit on show from both residents and visitors alike – two key hallmarks of a wonderful Festival.

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