Once again voices will sing loud and proud across the Nepean Valley. The birthplace of World Voice Day Concerts back in 2013, this event has grown to become a regular event on the entertainment calendar.
Here in Australia we believe that there is so much to say about voice, that we don’t want to limit the fun to just one day…so THIS year we are dedicating the entire month of April as
“Voice Awareness Month”
Of course we will celebrate April 16th with our brothers and sisters across the globe, but we want to give you all plenty of opportunity to get involved. Why not plan to host an event, start a conversation, raise awareness …(or funds)…to support research into the early diagnosis and management of life changing voice disorders, while reflecting on the important role that voice plays in every aspect of our daily life.
World Voice Day has been celebrated annually on 16th April since 1999. It originally focussed on the science of voice, but soon became a celebration of its beauty, prompting us to marvel at its magic and to recognise the need for vocal care.
Watch this space as we share plans for professional development events , public performances, human interest articles, media events and so much more over the coming months.
Now here is a unique opportunity for ALL people interested in voice and voice disorders.
The AustralianDysphoniaNetwork.org has partnered with US based VocalDisorders.org to bring you an online summit over 6 days. Some of the brightest Voice Health professionals in the world will present on a range of voice topics – right alongside people who have years of experience living with dysphonia.
The summit is completely FREE and anyone can register. Registration gives you access to the online presentations for 6 days ….NO….you don’t have to sit glued to a screen ….. you can pick and choose what and when to watch ……..OR you can binge until your heart is content.
The program is currently being finalised but there are sure to be some familiar Aussie faces and a whole bunch of new ones. #VocalUnity #This is My Voice
OR for a change of pace, visit Riverside for a fabulously fun way to celebrate WVD – with a special screening of SING…….A great chance to reinforce the lifelong importance of voice to all ‘small humans’ (and their not-so-small companions) who attend the show.
SA is shaping up to make some beautiful noise this WVD.
A brilliant line up of artists from Revolution Vocal Studio are set to entertain and delight audiences @The Jade Monkey on Sunday 9th April from 2pm.
Not only will the vocalists impress with their talents, but their generosity will also inspire. A portion of proceeds from the event will be directed to the AustralianDysphonia Network – a charity which aims to support people living with chronic and life changing voice disorders .
Tickets available HERE or if YOU would like to donate to the work of ADN click HERE
….BUT wait there’s more ….
On April 16th (WORLD VOICE DAY) a new local talent will be uneARThed at Whyalla Public Library as part of Whyalla’s (South Australia) inaugural uneARTh Festival.
uneARTh will be a unique concert event that will see Whyalla Recording Scholarship winner Breeze Millard perform her debut single, I Have My Own Life.
One of the big additions to this year’s line up of WVD activities is the focus on fundraising for our friends at the new Australian Dysphonia Network.
Dysphonia (difficulty making voice sounds) is a debilitating and life changing condition that can occur as the result of a number of conditions. BUT whatever the cause – the impact on daily life will be similar and can be profound.
Can YOU imagine not being able to order your own coffee? answer the phone or read to your kids ? …. not to mention function in a high voice demand occupation like teaching or performing.
The ADN aims to support people whose lives are affected by voice disorders, while advocating for better awareness and research into early diagnosis and management.
Fundraising performances are planned in Penrith, Paddington and Newcastle – again with the support of Actor and Advocate Paula Duncan AM, and Singer Songwriter Melinda Schneider. Tickets to all concerts available through TICKETEK with profits going to ADN.
If you can’t get along to any of these events – you can still help their cause by donating HERE to their appeal at MyCause. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Here we are – staring down the barrel of the World Voice Day campaign for 2017 and there is so much going on and so much scope to get involved, no matter whether you:
sing in a group, a choir (or even the shower)
use your voice professionally as a teacher, preacher, compere, comedian or receptionist….
like to air your opinion, your ideas or your dreams
or just like to spend time with friends and family ……
…sharing your voice is an essential ingredient.
So this World Voice Day take the time to think of how you can share the message of ‘voice’ and it’s importance to every single one of us.
Stay tuned for regular updates on events and opportunities to get involved ….and be sure to let us know if you have plans to host an event, so that we can SHARE it with the world and keep Australia high on the global map of celebrations.
The Sydney Street Choir ‘stole the show’ in 2015.. and will be back @ Paddington Town Hall for their encore performance at ‘Sing-it-Sydney’ .
Catch them on 17th April from 7pm, be uplifted and inspired as they share the spotlight with some of Australia’s most recognised talents. ….BUT they won’t care a hoot … as long as they get to sing their hearts out and entertain you.