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The Big Shed Dinner

29 Sep 2016 /

If you’ve registered for ARTLANDS DUBBO and not booked for the Big Shed Dinner (the official conference dinner) or the Limited Edition Dinner (an option for those who wish to have a special experience at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo)  it’s not too late. Simply get in touch and we’ll sort you out.

We’ve now released the full program for The Big Shed Dinner, the official conference dinner to be held at the Dubbo Showground on Saturday 29 October from 7.00pm. We have secured the services of a celebrated local caterer, Edwena Mitchell, who will be providing a superb three course dinner with ingredients sourced from the famous central west food bowl of NSW, matched with wines from three Mudgee wineries.  It’s also our 70th birthday and we’re celebrating!  As well as showcasing the hospitality of country NSW, every guest will receive an etched wine glass to keep as our gift to you.

To add to the festivities, Meg Larkin AM will recount her personal experiences as a life-long supporter of the arts in regional Australia, having served in various capacities with the Tamworth Arts Council, the former Arts Council of NSW (now Regional Arts NSW) and even a stint as President of Regional Arts Australia – all roles for which she was a volunteer.  Now that’s dedication!

Entertainment continues with sets from two of our favourite comedians.

Dane Simpson yarns about what it is like growing up as an Aboriginal man in Wagga Wagga, and his roots in the small outback town of Walgett.  Good natured stories about his mates and mischief, plus a charming ‘dad joke’ vibe make him instantly relatable and engaging.  The winner of NSW final in the Deadly Funny comedy competition in 2015, Dane’s cheeky online sketches are rapidly making him a Facebook star.

Ellen Briggs believes it’s her ‘regionality’ that gives her strength with country and city audiences alike. Hailing from Mullumbimby in Northern NSW, she is no inner city young hipster. Ellen is a 40 something mother of teenagers, a comedian, wife, business owner and farmer! Ellen can wrangle a snake and operate a ride on mower in the afternoon, and by evening she dons heels and a frock and there she is MCing a charity ball. She definitely leaves no stone unturned.  She’s like the girl next door that you’re glad you don’t live next door to!

To round off the night the fabulous Fanny Lumsden will have you tapping your feet as she delivers ‘cracking alt country with a whole lot of heart’. There’s space to dance off that fabulous meal, then time for the stayers to move onto the Festival Club.