Teenagers into live music and residents keen on stitching and sipping wine are in for a treat at the 2017 Macquarie Credit Union DREAM Festival.
They will enjoy at least two events on the festival’s busy calendar, starting October 12.
Nightmare on Wingewarra Street is targeting teenagers who will hear from “visiting and local” bands at the former CWA Rooms in Wingewarra Street, now Dubbo Youth Centre.
Bangover Entertainment, Dubbo Youth Council and Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre are presenting the drug and alcohol-free event from 5.30pm on October 20.
Stitch and Sip will be held at Two Doors Wine Lounge from 5.30pm on October 18.
Needles and wool will be made available to participants who are also invited to “bring the project that has been sitting in the cupboard”.
The annual festival kicks off on October 12 with Pianos on the Pavement at the Church Street rotunda from 4pm.
Talented musicians will entertain the crowd that will “hear all the details” of the festival.
The next day, October 13, Big Band Riot will fill the Commercial Hotel with jazz music from 7pm.
“Big bands and not so big bands will take part in the event that involves internationally-renowned Australian jazz artists John Morrison and Jacki Cooper.
Multiple music events are on the calendar but festival supporters are not starved of other forms of entertainment and art.
For example, they can join the Dubbo Filmakers for Small Films, Big Screen at Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on October 19 and check out an art competition displayed in Talbragar Street shops until October 22.
Food aplenty will be on offer across the festival through events such as Church on Sunday on October 15, featuring live music by bands taking part in Big Band Riot.
Sushi in the Shoyoen Gardens is set down for October 14 from 3pm.
A coffee art competition will see Dubbo’s most artistic barista named at the festival’s Music and Markets on October 21 at Victoria Park.
Lantern-making workshops will precede the Music and Markets, the festival’s premier event. The highlight of Music and Markets is a lantern parade followed by a Lights and Lasers show.
For information about all festival events visit www.dreamfest.com.au/events. DREAM stands for Dubbo Regional Entertainment Arts and Music.