31 October - 3 November

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TORBAY SUITE Robert Zielinski’s Torbay Suite captures the beauty of Torbay Inlet, in a deeply moving piece of original music... read more.

7pm Saturday 2 Nov
Denmark Civic Centre
Adults $20, Concession $15

MOTION TRIPTYCH Three contemporary dance works on the floor and on the screen: Waterways, Stories of People of Place  (Nari Lees), Ameliorer Resolve IV (John Carberry featuring Talitha Maslin) and The Presence of Wool (Sym Parr)... read more. 

3pm Saturday 2 Nov
7pm Sunday 3 Nov
Denmark Civic Centre
Adults $20, Concession $15

SPINDLE OF SPOKEN STORY A group of local emerging oral storytellers offers a feast of both traditional and original fairytales and myths... read more.

7:30pm Thursday 31 Oct
11am Saturday 2 Nov
11am Sunday 3 Nov
7:30pm Sunday 3 Nov
The Sanctuary (South Coast Hwy, between the town bridge and TAFE)
18+ $15, Under 18 $8.

ACT-BELONG-COMMIT LOCAL MADE FILM FESTIVAL Featuring local films: Tessa Moncrieff’s Academic Doggy and The Smiling One, Michael Hemming’s filming of John Davey’s Love Signs 1 & 2, Robert Castiglione’s triptych of films about asylum seekers, and Craig Carter’s Internal Landscapes and Art of Glass... read more.

6:45pm Friday 1 Nov
Denmark Civic Centre
Free event

love letters from a broad Dear Denmark, I am missing you already. Love is everywhere, yet home is where the heart is. There is no distance between hearts, even when stretched across oceans. Through the ether (& the internet) I am sending my love home to you, from the wild world beyond, while remembering all that is precious about you and that glorious home by the Kwoorabup we share. Dare you to write back, tell me what you love about being here. Love has no other hands to work with than yours.  🙂 With Love, Linda X

Free event

THE GREAT LOVE CHAT Join in a rich conversation about what ‘that word’ can mean. Moderated by Nicole Hodgson together with panellists Carina Cocking, Rhys Brown, Ian Bland, Finley James, Renee Pettitt-Schipp and David Rastrick, this promises to inspire lateral thinking and leave people questioning. Graeme Simpson to play with Joe Williams. 

3pm Saturday 2 Nov
Artshouse (2A Strickland St)
Free Event

ALL YOU NEED IS ... A party to celebrate the connection and Love shared by the Butter Factory Studio artists, guest artists and the community. Back to the 60s and 70s when life seemed simple and full of potential. Music, art, poetry, and film filled weekend.

Opening Party 6pm Thursday 31 Oct
Welcome music Dave Rastrick 5.45pm
Open 10am-4pm Friday 1 Nov, Saturday 2 Nov & Sunday 3 Nov
Butter Factory (11 Mt Shadforth Rd)
Free Event

BONE BROTHBone Broth is not about the expected outcome or product of this work - a few litres of broth. The whole process, over 48 hours of making the work, is a metaphor for everything about nourishing ourselves. Not just about restoring our depleted and exhausted physical bodies, not just about intellectualising on the subject of nourishment, but more importantly, realising how we nourish ourselves spiritually.

48 Hours of continuous Performance Art
Opening 6pm Friday 1 Nov
Finishes 6pm Sunday 3 Nov
The Garden Room (Denmark Community Resource Centre)
Free Event

IS PERFORMANCE ART COOL? Maxwell is an artist, writer, performer and composer and has lectured on Art and Spirituality in universities across Australia. In this series of presentations we will explore the broader context and rich history of performance art as a way of understanding the intent and meaning of Peter Toy's performance Bone Broth.

9pm Friday 1 Nov • Performance Art: A history
12pm Saturday 2 Nov • Performance Art: Alchemy and Shamanism
7pm Sunday 3 Nov • Performance Art: The Life World/Ecology
The Garden Room (Denmark Community Resource Centre)
Free Event

EL AMOR FESTIVAL CLUB Featuring Dave Rastrick loops, Jay Cook & Krista, Steve Hammond, Jacksonii, Suzie Kettle, Xave and Jasper Brown and more …

8pm-midnight Friday 1 Nov
Artshouse (2A Strickland Street)
Free Event

LOVIN DANCE FESTIVAL CLUB Featuring the irrepressible Myles Mitchell Band, revving up for a wild dance frenzy, Rob Zielinski Band & dancer Archie Ryan, Kleahy Mountain, Poddy Shot and who knows what! read more...

8pm-midnight Saturday 2 Nov
Artshouse (2A Strickland Street)
Free Event

SIGNS OF LOVE 3 Sculptural Artworks by John Davey. There are signs of love all around, but sometimes we don't see them amidst all the doom and gloom. Therefore I decided to go for big and shiny. Look out for LOVE LETTERS, MUSIC OF LOVE and TAKE A CHANCE ON LOVE (one arm bandit).

Various locations throughout Denmark
MUSIC OF LOVE will be featuring in the Co-op corner window all weekend 
Free event

LOVE IN THE SAND The SandScript SandPrinter is at it again, this time laying down Love images and more poems. Maybe the lovely Linda Bradbury will send us loving words from afar for us to read.

Locations: car parks, civic centre, library, CRC and Denmark Arts
Free event

WOW EXHIBITION An exhibition featuring the most recent work of Kelly Bos and Samala Gosh who use the ancient practice of hand weaving to transform recycled fabrics into unique rugs for floor or wall. read more...

Opening 5pm Friday 1 Nov
Welcome music with Steve Hammond from 4.45pm
Open 10am-3pm Saturday 2 Nov, Sunday 3 Nov, Monday 4 Nov
The Gallery, Community Resource Centre
Free Event

MUSICAL MEDITATIONS Music is liquid. You can float along in your thoughts. It’s about where you go, where you travel in your mind. Musician Christopher Brocklebank’s mesmerising music suggests I dare you to listen, let go, and see where you arrive. A sublime meditative experience.

10am Saturday 2 Nov
2pm Sunday 3 Nov
The Studio Room @ Artshouse (2A Strickland Street)
Adults $10, Concession $5, Under 16’s free at the door

LIVING WITH THE QUESTIONS If we feel lost maybe we have forgotten something. Aboriginal narratives remind us of belonging within the perennial pattern of life. The safe return of the lost is a given because in the moral order giving rise to the cosmos people have no business being out of place. A musical journey with Steve Hammond, celebrating the ‘inherent goodness’ of life through songs of love and hope inspired by T. S. Elliot, Nick Cave, Aengus Óg and Aboriginal Dreaming stories of Dingo and Moon.

2pm - 2:45pm Saturday 2 Nov
Artshouse (2A Strickland Street)
Adults $15, Concession $10, Under 16’s free at the door

PUPPY LOVE A ‘feel good’ multi-media event with short movies and videos inspired by love, the best of the ‘puppy love short video competition’ with a panel of judges, awards, and a screening of BAXTER and ME. read more... 

5pm Friday 1 Nov
Denmark Civic Centre
Tickets $10 at the door
Suitable all ages

HOW I BECAME A REFUGEE An award-winning documentary film that follows the extraordinary journey of a Burmese Chin refugee family from their homeland where they escaped religious persecution through to Malaysia before being resettled in Perth. There’s a Q&A session with filmmaker Dr Marilyn Metta and Rubi NiChin whose family story is featured in the film after the screening. The film was produced by Mettamorphosis Inc, an organisation working to provide access to education for refugee young people.

3pm Sunday 3 Nov
Artshouse (2A Strickland St)
Tickets $5 at the door

DEARLY BELOVED: ALL SOULS BY THE RIVER For the twelfth year, a simple service in the tradition of All Souls Day by the Denmark river, bringing the community together to remember those who have passed, and to share the ongoing journey of life. Led by Revd. Sally Buckley, the St Leonard’s community and Eklektika choir, all are welcome to share songs, poems or reflections, and to scatter flowers in the river, while the Denmark Dragon Boat Club glides past casting petals on the water.

11am Sunday 3 Nov
Berridge Park
Free Event

SPRING GATHERING Alongside spectacular arrangements, the community is invited to help fill every corner of St Leonard’s with flowers in celebration of the loveliness of flowers and the bounty of the earth. Blooms, jars, cards, and art materials for attaching words of love and wisdom will be provided, or bring your own. The Sunday 9.30 service is a traditional celebration of All Saints after which flowers will be taken to the river for the All Souls community service at 11am.

9:30am - 4pm Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 Nov
St Leonard's Anglican Church
Free Event

11 QUESTIONS I just came to the realization that… 11 Questions explores the world of dreams, altered reality and big questions. A fascinatingly absurd script devised by the cast and written by Deb Edmondson with an original soundscape by Steve Bergmann. The show features current and former Denmark Senior High School drama students. 11 Questions, gives you an insight into “young people these days”, and the thought provoking, touching and amusing workings of the young mind. Don’t expect answers …

2pm-2:30pm Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 Nov
Denmark Civic Centre
Tickets $5 at the door or on-line @ https://www.trybooking.com/BFTDV

DANCE FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS Join guest dance artist Sandi Woo in dance workshops for children aged 3 – 6 years and their parents, grandparents or carers.  Using familiar childhood games, Sandi supports children to take the creative lead in making dance with their parents.  A fun hour that enhances the bonds between us.

Presented by Annette Carmichael Projects
2pm-3pm Saturday 2 Nov
2pm-3pm Sunday 3 Nov
Denmark RSL Hall
$20 per parent/child pair
Bookings: www.annettecarmichael.com.au
We recommend attending both workshops.

THE ZUMBERAS People around the world love to dance, we are all connected through music and sharing the same rhythm and moves. We have to let go. When we dance we are all accepted and feel free. We feel the love within ourselves. We are all part of the group, no matter the age, gender, background, ability, colour or race, we have one thing in common, our love of dance.

Sunday 3 Nov
Various locations
Zumba dancers flashmob
Free event

LOVE ESCAPES A BURNING LANDSCAPE  Creativity burns within our hearts, nourished or neglected ... given validation and value or undermined by limiting beliefs. Artist Bronz Brown explores his own creative process, emerging from the stagnation of the inner critic and resistance into a full expression of personal freedom. Taking works either incomplete or discarded from Opshops and Tipshops, reimagining them through intuitive image and mark making.

Exhibition Opening 8pm Friday 1 Nov
Arthouse (2A Strickland St)
Welcome Music Xave and Jasper Brown
Free event

KUSAMA Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame countless odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from her peers and those in power in the art world.

Film Showing
7:30pm Sunday 3 Nov
Butter Factory (Lower Ground Level)
$10 at the door

PLAYBACK THEATRE Playback theatre is improvised theatre in the moment.  Come and watch or share a story about losses or loves you have known that need to be shared. No story is too great or too small.  Celebrate with us the ordinary and the extraordinary through story and performance.

5pm Saturday 2 Nov
Artshouse (2A Strickland St)
Adults $10, Concession/Children $5
Tickets at the door
All ages performance

LOVE THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD & LOVE IS BLACK AND WHITE Exhibition of local children and adults response to this year’s LOVE theme, and what this means to them. Led by art teacher Kendal Lynam.

Denmark Art Club
Exhibition Opening 1pm Saturday 2 Nov
Artshouse (2A Strickland St)
Free event

LOVE HAS NO BOUNDARIES My sister Patricia-Anne in Canada, my brother Carrington in Cape Town and myself in Australia were recently reunited through the internet. This is when i found out that we are all artists… We wanted to share our artworks firstly for ourselves and to celebrate the re-union of the three of us. It was triggered by Patricia’s last three drawings and the one portrait by Carrington that gave me the idea of setting up this project. We agreed to hold a Virtual Exhibition to express the gratitude and love we have for our parents, Lydia and Charles, who gave us these talents.

Multi-Media Digital Exhibition
Andre Steyl (Australia)
Patricia-Anne Steyl (Canada)
Carrington Steyl (South Africa)
Free event

THE SISTERS A short fifteen minute ‘fringe event’ presentation of contemporary dance by choreographer and dancer Lynn Boon for 3 dancers, gently evoking a time gone by. This piece is a tribute to the women in my family who endlessly took on their traditional roles in life regardless of their extraordinary talents and wishes to enable the ongoing generations to express their own dreams.

10.30am and 11am Saturday 2 Nov
Denmark Civic Centre
Free Event

A big thank you to our sponsors!

Special thanks to Chris Mills of Sllim Pickings Wines for his generous donation,
And Pat and Andrew Gill at the Denmark Bulletin. 
A BIG LOVE to all our VOLUNTEERS … thank you!