2011 Events and Parties
You’re going to love the Dungog experience. For those returning to Dungog, get ready for more films, more fun and more fantastic events. And if you’re joining us for the first time, we welcome you with open arms. Set in the idyllic Hunter Valley, there are a variety of ways that you can immerse yourself in fun and frolics at the Fest:
OPENING NIGHT GALA & DINNER (DOORS OPEN 6PM FOR A 6:30PM START, THUR 26 MAY)
The official kick off to the festival will be opened by the Hon George Souris MP Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, and Minister of the Arts at the iconic James Theatre. This will include the Oscar winning short The Lost Thing accompanied by a live orchestration lead by composer Michael Yeserski and a special screening of the Australian feature film Oranges and Sunshine starring Hugo Weaving, David Wenham and Emily Watson and produced by Oscar winner Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech). At 8:30pm, following this special presentation, guests are whisked away to Dungog's First Creek Wines Function Centre for a fully catered sit down dinner with complimentary wine and beer. The dress code is evening so come in style. There will be fantastic live entertainment including motown trio, The Starlettes, a charity auction and La Fiesta Sound System on the decks for some post dinner dancing.
FRIDAY NIGHT "EVERYONE'S A VIP PARTY" (8.30PM, FRI 27 MAY)
Join us at the ‘movers and shakers’ party on Friday Night at Dungog's First Creek Wines Function Centre. New to the festival line-up, this event is perfect for those who love to socialise while grooving along to retro tracks brought to you by reknowned international DJ Levi 5star.
DUNGOG MAIN STREET PARADE (11:00AM, SAT 28 MAY)
This is Dungog’s answer to Moomba or perhaps Mardi Gras, but with a film and country twist. Dowling Street, the main street of Dungog, will feature a street parade welcoming Festival visitors and saluting the Shire with floats, animals, bands and a cavalcade of motoring with vintage cars to army vehicles. People dress up and come together for a unique community event. It’s fun for everyone.SATURDAY NIGHT "DANCE PARTY" (8:30PM, SAT 28 MAY)
Our famous Saturday night dance party is ‘the night of nights’ and has often been described as rivalling the parties at Cannes. Get ready to boogie with the extraordinary Lisa Hunt, back for 2011 who will, once again, make you shake that groove thang like you’ve never shaken it before. Following Lisa re the explosive 6 piece DJ-band La Fiesta Sound System, famed for causing a dance-floor revolution across Sydney nightclubs. A complimentary drink and light catering will be provided. Join the party at Dungog's First Creek Wines Function Centre.
CHRIST CHURCH GUILD'S SUNDAY BRUNCH (10:30AM - 12 noon, SUN 29 MAY)
Join us for a delicious recovery brunch at the Chill Out Lounge in the NSW Mining Education Hub, cnr Dowling and Chapman Streets. All proceeds from sale of food and drinks to Christ Church Guild.
CLOSING NIGHT GALA & PARTY (6:00PM, SUN 29 MAY)
Together we bid a warm, wild and teary farewell to four days of fabulous films and memorable live events. The film presentation includes the world premiere short Benefit followed by The Wedding Party, an Aussie rom-com filled with a stellar Aussie cast and this will complete the 2011 screening program at the beloved James Theatre. After this we say goodbye with a knockout Closing Night Party at Dungog's First Creek Wines Function Centre. The dress code is ‘Whatever You Fancy’ and you’ll be treated to a delicious Aussie style barbecue. To top it off the legendary Angry Anderson will be performing live!