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 2023, the festival will take place from 7 - 9 July 2023. 


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.

Pemulwuy! launches a new brand identity


In 2020, Voices of Birralee released the new Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival logo, specially commissioned to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Festival is held. After consultation with QPAC's Indigenous Protocol's Office, Nadine McDonald-Dowd, Voices of Birralee engaged in a culturally guided process with Keisha Thomason, an Aboriginal Graphic Designer and Artist based in Brisbane. Keisha is a proud Waanyi and Kalkadoon (Mount Isa, Queensland) and Chinese woman who designed the logo to reflect the "Journey through Song" - unite through the celebration of music in this place together, and discover connection and self-expression.

The design reflects the key messages of stories, diversity, discovery and celebration, and visually incorporates references to the Brisbane river, Songlines and sheet music. 

Click here to read more about the design's DNA.