Background

Now in its fourth year, the scope of the 2018 Dungog Festival has continued to widen. It still promotes a strong film program along with showcasing local food, craft beer, the visual arts, great music and rural lifestyle. The festival draws an enthusiastic crowd from across the Hunter and further afield.

In the years the Dungog Festival has been operating the region has seen the Visual Arts space grow exponentially. Dungog now supports a vibrant community of artists, crafters and makers. This sector has seen the greatest level of business development growth, with six galleries and retail outlets now operating in the main street dedicated to the Arts.

The Festival Board sees this as an opportunity to further promote and develop this sector, with Art based activities being a highlight of the 2018 Dungog Festival program. The local arts community are embracing this opportunity with exhibition openings, workshops and happening, together with the new feature of “Sculpture on the Farm”.

This year the festival will burst with the sights sounds and experiences of Arts, Activity, Food, Music and Fun in the pristine rural setting of Dungog. More than ever this year the Festival has  events to suit all budgets including the addition of the free Sunday Street Party. We are creating a dynamic program that will engage both the Dungog community and visitors from further afield. Key events such as the ‘Long Table Dinner’, ‘Gala Street Parade’, ‘James Theatre’, Sculpture on the Farm’, ‘Wallarobba Hall Oktoberfest’, ‘Garden Ramble’ ‘Long Lazy Lunch’ and much more are all certain to draw crowds.

Dungog Arts Foundation

Dungog Festival is the flagship event of the Dungog Arts Foundation. The governance and financial control of the Festival is held in the care of an honorary board of Dungog citizens. Dungog Arts Foundation is a non-profit company limited by guarantee, and a registered charity. All donations are tax-deductible.

Dungog Festival will forever remain in community hands.

The Board

The Governing Board of Directors

Matthew Coxhill is a former fish farmer, educational publisher and business consultant who has lived in Dungog for over 15 years. Matthew is now working to develop a centre for environmental and sustainable agriculture education in the district.

Michael Atkins, BComm, CA, a principal of Addison Partners, long-established accountancy firm based in Dungog and one of the BRW top 100. Michael is also a well-known soccer enthusiast in the Dungog community.

Nancy Knudsen, a ‘tree-changer’ who has lived in Dungog for over 10 years. Nancy’s career has spanned teaching, aviation, tourism and journalism. At leisure she is a keen sailor.

Dr Brendan Chaston, well known as co-principal of the Dungog Medical Practice as well as visiting medical officer at Dungog Hospital and Lara Aged Care. Brendan has significant professional and personal connections throughout the Dungog Shire community.

Philippa Graham has owned a cattle property in Dungog for over 20 years. Her career has spanned geology, environmental protection and culture change in the corporate world. Leading community development and progress in the not for profit sector has been a driving force throughout her life. Philippa is also a keen sculptor.