Dubbo excited about Artlands 2016
The City of Dubbo will host a range of internationally prominent leaders in the field of arts alongside an exciting selection of the best artists and arts companies from around Australia for the four-day Artlands 2016 Conference and Festival October 27-30.
Mayor of Dubbo, Councillor Mathew Dickerson officially launched Artlands Dubbo 2016 at the Sydney Opera House last week and said that Dubbo City Council is excited the City will play host to the Regional Arts Australia Conference and Arts Festival.
Councillor Dickerson said hosting Artlands 2016 is a fantastic endorsement of the City’s ability to attract and host high calibre national business conferences, arts and cultural events.
“The conference and festival will use a range of venues including the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, the Western Plains Cultural Centre and the Dubbo Showground and is an ideal opportunity to showcase Dubbo’s exciting mix of cultural landmarks and the City’s wide array of arts organisations,” Councillor Dickerson said.
In the past decade, Council has invested in excess of $28 million in the development of major arts facilities within the City, including the construction and development of the Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC) and the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC).
The WPCC is the largest gallery space west of the Blue Mountains with 706m² of exhibition space incorporating four galleries, and the DRTCC boasts a 500-seat tiered theatre and 700 seat convention centre.
The Old Dubbo Gaol, one of the City’s most iconic cultural attractions has also been undergoing significant upgrades including installation of new exhibitions and restoration of the watch tower.
Councillor Dickerson said Dubbo City Council has also been undertaking ongoing major capital works at facilities that increase the city’s capacity as a destination.
“For example the Dubbo City Regional Airport is now servicing Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with direct flights and in December was awarded a Restart NSW grant of $7.4 million dollars for infrastructure improvements," he said.
“Restart NSW has also funded $1 million of restoration work at the Old Dubbo Gaol and the Western Plains Cultural Centre will receive $300,000 over three years to support the delivery of cultural and heritage programs.
“These commitments from the NSW Government have been welcomed and helped Dubbo position itself as a destination for events such as Artlands 2016 which also provides a platform for Dubbo to promote the diverse range of arts and cultural experiences available in the region.
“The City of Dubbo is looking forward to welcoming delegates to Artlands 2016 for what is certain to be the most important arts and cultural event in regional Australia this year.”
For festival highlights and conference speakers visit artlands.com.au
Councillor Mathew Dickerson
Mayor of the City of Dubbo
0418 639 053.
Last Edited: 16 Mar 2016