The COVID-19 pandemic may have another victim - though we are crossing our fingers that is not the case.
The annual DREAM festival will not go ahead this year, and with the committee also stepping down there are some questions about the future of the event.
The Dubbo Regional Entertainment Art and Music (DREAM) Festival started back in 2010, and was meant to celebrate its 10th year this year.
However, council has already decided not to run the festival this year, and the $40,000 allocated will go towards other cultural activities.
And while they will remain to assist the council for the first year, the volunteers have handed the reigns overr, saying the event has surpassed their abilities.
It's both great and sad to see at the same time.
The DREAM Festival brings light to so many people's faces each year, be it at the markets, the lantern parade, or one of the other many events hosted across the festival period.
To hear that it has now gotten so big that the volunteer committee can no longer manage it is a wonderful thing for our community, who have gotten behind it each year.
But to then hear that because it is so big question marks have been placed over it's future, is not so great.
In her submission to council chairperson Anne Field said "the festival is clearly popular with the local community and has demonstrated the achievement of many social, cultural and economic goals."
"In the past two years or so the festival's growth has had to be curtailed to ensure the events could be delivered by the small committee and despite succession planning we are no longer in position to deliver a festival of this size."
With this backing why shouldn't it continue?
Council have voted to 'establish a transition plan with the DREAM volunteer committee to support the delivery of a DREAM Festival/large cultural event in 2021'.
We wait to see what that means.
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