It's the time of year when the show rolls into town - and it's set to be a big couple of weekends. There will be exhibits and rides, fairy-floss and show-bags, craft, cooking and dog parades. After a gap year because of COVID, it's a great time to relive all the fun. Dubbo Show (details, tickets dubboshow.org), May 14-16.
Ever wanted to have a look inside your local fire station? Need some tips on home fire safety heading into the cooler months? Here's your chance. The Dubbo Fire Brigade will be doing firefighting demos and station tours. You'll find that firefighters do far more than just fight fires. Saturday, May 15, Dubbo Fire Brigade, 102 Wheelers Lane, 10am-2pm.
Believed to be the oldest surviving slab house in Australia - in near original condition - Dundullimal Homestead will open its doors to celebrate the National Trust (NSW)'s 75th Anniversary. Book homestead and property tours for May 15 (11am to 3pm), and enjoy live music, blacksmith demonstrations, outdoor games and Wiradjuri cultural demonstrations. May 16 (12.30pm to 3pm) will feature an afternoon of musical magic from favourite operas and musicals. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.au/event/country-and-culture-at-dundullimal/
The Western plans Cultural Centre in Wingewarra Street has been playing host to the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), Grafton Regional Gallery's flagship art prize. Established in 1988 the JADA celebrates drawing in all its splendour from hyper-realism to the expressive and abstract, with 56 of the 659 entries in the 2020 competition chosen to tour. Open daily until May 16.
True to Life Likeness
Moment in time
This exhibition charts the history of photographic studios, the Vincent Studios collection, as well as the work of organisations, such as Dubbo & District Family History Society, in preservation. Vincent Studios was a photographic studio that operated in the Dubbo region from the early 1900s to the late 1970s. Open daily at Western Plains Cultural Centre until May 23.
Early bird tickets
This is a first-of-its-kind workshop for aspiring songwriters to go up a gear in creativity and technique, garner inspiration and motivation, foster connections and learn skills from some of the greats. The Regional Sessions will bring Australian folktronica singer/songwriter Sophie Payten, known professionally as Gordi, and Sydney-based singer/songwriter Ilan Kidron to town with more names to be added. Western Plains Cultural Centre on Tuesday June 15. Details and tickets at www.apraamcos.com.au.
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