DREAM Festival: Pianos on the Pavement, TalbragART opens event

Creative display: Belle Rendell and Stephanie Allan admiring artwork by Sally Noble in the DREAM TalbragART exhibition. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Creative display: Belle Rendell and Stephanie Allan admiring artwork by Sally Noble in the DREAM TalbragART exhibition. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo Eisteddfod scholarship winner and pianist Emma Newby will take centre stage as two big weeks of entertainment, arts and music begin in the city on Thursday.

She’s set to perform at the launch of the Macquarie Credit Union DREAM Festival at 11am in a taste of its opening act.

The 10-day celebration of the creative community is back for its seventh year with a packed program.

It’s a festival that covers a wide range of entertainment, arts and music and gives the community an opportunity to participate or witness something they would normally have to travel out of the area to see.  

Representatives of the DREAM Festival committee, major sponsor Macquarie Credit Union and Dubbo mayor Ben Shields will attend the launch.

Emma Newby was the winner of 2017 Dubbo Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship and senior scholarship student from the Macquarie Conservatorium.

Later on Thursday the keys will move into the area of the rotunda on the corner of Macquarie and Church streets.

Pianos on the Pavement will bring tunes and groove into the centre of town from 4pm to 7pm.

Local musicians can take the chance to tickle the ivories in free entertainment for the community.

The event is back after proving popular in 2016.

The TalbragART Exhibition will kick off with a walking tour, starting at 6pm from the Pianos in the Pavement event.

The art competition drew more than 20 expressions of interest.

On Wednesday 21 entries were installed in Talbragar Street businesses.

Members of the business community in Talbragar Street contributed to the $700 prize pool.

The walking tour to view the artworks will set the pace for a big first week of the DREAM Festival, which runs to October 22.

The Big Band Riot from Friday to Sunday will showcase lots of musical talent throughout Dubbo.

Tickets are still available to the Artist of the Year Dinner, this year awarded to renowned author Libby Gleeson, who spent the formative years of her life in the city.