Get ready to Dance in Dungog’s high street
You’ll be able to dance the night away in Dowling Street this Long Weekend’s Sunday Night Street Party when the iconic Dog Trumpet takes over the main street during the Dungog Festival. The weekend will bring non-stop music, six artisans outlets showing their wares and no less than three gallery openings during the weekend.
Events across the region:
The four day Festival will feature Dowling Street packed with all day and night music, market stalls and art galleries open from morning until night. Just off Dowling Street the James Theatre will showcase a wide ranging classic series of movies, while Sculpture on the Farm turns Fosterton into a backdrop for over a hundred sculptures. In Wallarobba Oktoberfest will feature sausage dog races as well as local craft beer, and the Garden Ramble will showcase ten prized gardens. The climax will come on Monday with the popular Long Lazy Lunch and there are still a few tickets available, so don’t delay.
Dowling Street Events:
It’s Dowling Street where the main action will happen, but it’s all timed so you don’t have to miss a thing. After the Friday evening opening events, the fun will start Saturday morning with the Gala Street Parade at 12.30pm, promised to be the biggest and best ever with some surprises in store.
Then on Saturday evening Dowling Street will be closed between Brown and Hooke Street from 4.00pm for the Long Table dinner, when 270 people will dine on one long table down the middle of the street.
The Sunday Street Party will again claim Dowling Street, with the street closed for the day and evening between Brown and Mackay Streets. There’ll be non-stop music from the main stage and three busking stages, a licensed bar, food and other market stalls all day and evening. The Kid’s Karnival will have Doug the Reading Bug and multiple kids games created by the Men’s Shed. The Chalk Art Challenge is for adults, teens and primary kids alike and there’ll be prizes for all categories. Think about what you want to create in advance, then roll up around 2.00pm. Three hours for creation – a small entry fee and chalk supplied! The winners will be announced on the main stage at 6.00pm.
The all day and night music will feature some great Australian musical performers – Twist of Blue, Ruby Blue, The Buzzard Mix and Those Jazz Guys, finally culminating at 8.00pm in Reg Mombassa of Mambo fame and his band Dog Trumpet.
They’ll show off their quirky and iconic blend of psychedelic folk, country and abstract blues driven by Reg’s distinctive slide guitar and brother Peter’s melodic acoustic guitar and mandolin – a night to remember, when all Dungog stops to enjoy the party.
“The best thing about the Festival this year,” says Dungog Arts Foundation’s Chair, Dr Brendan Chaston, “is that over 30 local non-profit community organisations will benefit financially, from the Dungog Primary P&C, Dungog Arts Society, to the Dungog Showground Committee, from the CWA to Bandon Grove Hall, to name just a few, and not to mention a bumper weekend for all the businesses in town. It’s a win for us all.”
Call into the Festival Box Office at 224 Dowling Street to collect a brochure or ask questions, or phone 0430 058 040 for more information.
Media release and images courtesy of Dungog Arts Foundation.
Images: (from left) Dog Trumpet, chalk art challenge, and gig at Settlers Arms.