Move over Vivid: Dubbo region presents Dream Festival of Light

A world-renowned public art installation and the Shoyoen Gardens’ 20th Anniversary are just two of the events set to benefit from the NSW Government’s $25 million Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced $287,582 for Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) to support a series of events leading up to, and as part of, the DREAM Festival in Dubbo and Wellington.

“We’ve all been through a lot in recent years, so it’s important to invest in events that bring people together, which is exactly what this project will do,” Mr Saunders said.

“The series kicks off with the Wellington Arts and Sculpture Festival this weekend, followed by the interactive light and sound installation Sky Castle, and the Dubbo Art Fair later this month.

“We want to see communities thriving and businesses benefitting from more local activities, events and opportunities in the regions, so I want to commend council on these projects that are sure to bring Dubbo and Wellington to life!”

The seven events benefitting from the funding include:

  • Wellington Arts and Sculpture Festival (this weekend)
  • Sky Castle by ENESS (new event)
  • Shoyoen Gardens 20th Anniversary (new event)
  • Dubbo Art Fair
  • Fong Lees Lane
  • Zoocoustic – renowned artists and transport to the zoo (increased accessibility)
  • DREAM Lanterns – roving entertainment and renowned musicians

Mayor Mathew Dickerson welcomed the funding from the NSW Government.

“Dubbo Regional Council is very pleased to receive $287,582 to assist in creating new events on our growing major events calendar,” Cr Dickerson said.

“Not only does the community benefit from being part of an international experience that they may not have had the chance to see otherwise, but it also delivers a boost to annual events across Dubbo and Wellington.

“I urge the community to visit the Sky Castle installation at one of its two locations in Dubbo and to attend locally organised events like Fong Lees Lane in Wellington.”

The $25 million Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program is part of the $200 million Regional Recovery Package, designed to support economic and social recovery across regional NSW. For more information, go to

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