About

Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival is a national triennial event based in Brisbane, Queensland. It aims to encourage males throughout Australia and visiting choirs from overseas to engage in singing at whatever level of experience they find themselves and to build networks between conductors and artists who work in this unique field. In 2020, the festival will take place from 7 - 10 July 2020. 

History

The festival takes its name from the aboriginal rainbow warrior Pemulwuy who was a member of the Bidjigal tribe. His name means 'man of the earth'. 'The legend of Pemulwuy is part of the belief system and oral history of the Aboriginal people of east coast Australia. It is also part of the history of all modern Australians.' (Eric Wilmot)

It is also the title of the music written by Paul Jarman which tells of the legend of Pemulwuy! This stirring piece of music was performed by The Birralee Blokes in the national finals of the ABC Classic FM Choir of the year.

Pemulwuy focuses artistically and socially on men and boys, offering participation for singers of all ages and backgrounds.

Values & Philosophy

The Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival is an important and unique opportunity for boys and men to unite and celebrate choral singing. The festival supports gender equality and inclusivity, however, each participant must, in the spirit of the event, identify as male and sing within the traditional male voice ranges.  For the sake of performance presentation and unity, all participants will be expected to adhere to the rehearsal and performance attire for their ensemble, as specified by their conductor. If you have any queries, please contact events@birralee.org.

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