Bursting program drawing visitors

ABSURD ANTICS: Roundabout Theatre’s infamous acts The Cupcakes and The Lollipop Ladies will be seeking people out for random acts of fun. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

ABSURD ANTICS: Roundabout Theatre’s infamous acts The Cupcakes and The Lollipop Ladies will be seeking people out for random acts of fun. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

ARTLANDS is drawing closer and the festival’s artistic director Greg Pritchard said Dubbo should prepare to be wowed.

The event is part conference, part festival, all focused on showcasing regional art.

Between October 27 and 30 there will be art displays, dancers, musicians, visual experiences and everything in between.

“It’s a very diverse program and very competitive. People are going to have to choose what they want to do because there will be multiple things on at the same time,” Mr Pritchard said.

ART AND CULTURE: Winds of Woerr tell the tale is of the four winds that mark the coming and going of the seasons in the Torres Strait. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

ART AND CULTURE: Winds of Woerr tell the tale is of the four winds that mark the coming and going of the seasons in the Torres Strait. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

“It was hard to decide what to leave out because I wanted to cover all the genres, and I wanted to have Aboriginal art in all of the genres.”

It was hard to decide what to leave out because I wanted to cover all the genres, and I wanted to have Aboriginal art in all of the genres. - Greg Pritchard

About 600 people are expected to attend the event, Mr Pritchard said, with Dubbo’s hotels already filled to the brim.

ARTLANDS is expected to inject at least $360,000 into the economy, according to Dubbo Regional Council.

“The conference is really a showcase of regional artists. A lot of people are coming from Sydney and then all across Australia,” Mr Pritchard said.

The event is held every two years and the artistic director said Dubbo was chosen as the current location due to the high value council placed on culture, with impressive buildings like the Western Plains Cultural Centre and the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre.

“They’re huge gems in Dubbo, the two buildings, and everyone goes to everything,” Mr Pritchard said.

ENTERTAINING THE MASSES: Heath Cullen is one of the musicians who will be performing at ARTLANDS. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

ENTERTAINING THE MASSES: Heath Cullen is one of the musicians who will be performing at ARTLANDS. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

He said the biggest wow factor would come from opening night, which would include a giant spider puppet and balloons overlaid with projections.

With only a week util the opening of the festival and conference, Mr Pritchard said there had been a few hiccups but everything was starting to come together.

More information, including the festival program is available at artlands.com.au.

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