Denmark Arts response to COVID-19
Update: We can now confirm that we will also need to cancel this year’s Denmark Festival of Voice – at least in its current form. We are currently exploring on-line options – stay tuned, keep singing, telling stories, listening to nature, speaking poems and words…..
Denmark Arts would like to share our current response to the COVID-19 situation, and its impact on Denmark Arts events and operations. We want to support everyone doing all they can to minimise the transmission, especially amongst the more vulnerable members of our community.
We are also following the state government dictum that “The medical advice preventing non-essential, organised gatherings of 500 or more people from going ahead will be enforced. This is for static indoor and outdoor events”, and the new Federal Government ban on gatherings of more than 100 people in indoor locations.
This means that we need to cancel the Denmark Arts Markets, our other public activities, and close the doors of the Denmark Artshouse for public use until further notice.
We will make a separate statement about the Denmark Festival of Voice once we have talked with all our funding bodies.
Peace, Earth, Boodja: Sunday April 5th. After reviewing current medical advice regarding COVID 19, and in agreement with our partners Gondwana Link, we are choosing to postpone the Denmark showing of Breathing Life into Boodja film. The opening of Earth Cry Exhibition and the Community Peace Day are currently pending decisions. The public will be notified about these decisions via social media, email and promotional flyers.
This is a deeply sad situation for all of us, and one which may impact on our communities’ sense of connection and wellbeing, but we hope that everyone understands that we are obliged to do this. We hope that a period of ‘hibernation’ sees us coming out with extra colour later in the year, or in 2021.
We are also currently exploring possibilities to support creative communities in positive, responsible ways and will keep you updated. Our creatives will be hit hard by the continuing uncertainty and cancellation of events. At this time of global change the creative sector will play an important role in developing new ways of operating in a rapidly changing landscape. Already websites such as https://ilostmygig.net.au/ and https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/ are springing up.
We’ll keep you in the creative loop, and in the meantime, rest well, draw into the depths of creative flow, and stay connected in the web of the heart.
Denmark Arts Markets
Sat 11th April (Easter Saturday)- CANCELLED
Brimming with handcrafts and innovative creations. So much to tantalize and delight. Take a break and sit on the lawn overlooking the river while being entertained by a diverse line-up of talented local musicians and performers.
Peace, Earth, Boodja
Sunday 5th April – Film showing of ‘Breathing Life into Boodja’ – POSTPONED
Community Peace Gathering, Opening of Butter Factory Exhibition with music – TBC pending decisions
More info here
Exciting opportunity for Writers in the Great Southern and Shire of Manjimup!
Denmark Arts has partnered with Varuna, The National Writer’s House, to create a Writers Fellowship. The recipient will be offered a two week residency, and travel stipend. Submissions open Feb 1st and close on March 31st.
Denmark Festival of Voice 2020
Statement to Denmark Festival of Voice 2020 to be announced shortly
The Denmark Festival of Voice is an intimate festival held in the small and beautiful village of Denmark on the South Coast of Western Australia. It is a celebration of the power and beauty of the human voice, (however we also include the voice of the natural world).
The only festival on mainland Australia dedicated to voice, we welcome expressions of interest from musicians, story-tellers, speakers, poets, writers and any other artists whose work has ‘voice’ at its centre. With around 25 workshops, the Festival is also a fabulous opportunity for Professional Development.
The Festival is held over the WA Day long weekend. In 2020 this is 29-31 May.