Coffee, art and entertainment back on menu of Midnite Cafe

THE TEAM at the Midnite Cafe are back for another year of coffee, art, entertainment and music but are one step closer to finding a permanent home.

Fans of music, art and all things coffee are invited to come along to Wesley Hall for the first official Midnite Cafe event of 2013 tomorrow night.

For the past 18 months, the revived travelling coffee shop has been without a certified premises but has held its events at the Wesley Hall and the Old Dubbo Gaol.

But negotiations are under way for the cafe to move permanently to the Pipe Band Hall on the corner of Wingewarra and Darling streets.

Midnite Cafe Committee (MCC) chairman Jethro Geier said they had received some funding, used only to renovate a permanent premises for up to five years.

"Negotiations are under way to find a permanent home for the Midnite Cafe," he said.

"When we do find the perfect place, the funding will be used for a limited amount of renovations once we're tenants."

He said the cafe's three-way partnership of the MCC, Orana Education and Training Co-operative Ltd (OEC) and the Uniting Church, were working with Dubbo City Council to secure a premises.

Meanwhile, open space artists and craft lovers will tomorrow open up a platform for other types of art and the MCC.

They are keen to see some new faces experience it.

"We'll have some new things for sale at the cafe and are always looking for feedback on how to improve our events.

"More heads are better than one," MCC spokeswoman Amy Newby said.

"We're hoping to hold our events on the third weekend of every month but we're quite flexible."

Dubbo musician Kodi Lane, who launched his EP Take Your Challenge last year, will headline the event.

Mr Lane also signed up for Triple J's Unearthed competition this year.

His EP was added to the playlists of several American college radio stations on Monday.

Mr Lane will be joined by Amy Hayes, Luke Towney, Elizabeth Pirchmoser, Justine Kuhner and American singer Meredith Stiggler.

The event kicks off from 7pm till late at Wesley Hall, which can be found at Church Street in Dubbo.

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