The Big Shed Dinner

Centenary Pavilion, Dubbo Showground
Saturday 7:00pm
$125 (delegates only)

The ARTLANDS DUBBO conference dinner, The Big Shed Dinner for delegates is an experience in rural hospitality. Dress down, as country is the theme for this great event. It will be short on formality and tall on food and fun. The menu will be sourced from providores of the region, grown, harvested and prepared locally. A paddock to plate experience. Three course menu with wines from the famous wineries of the Central West. And we’re having a birthday party! Regional Arts NSW (formerly the NSW Arts Council) is inviting you to join with us in celebrating our 70Th birthday.

Great entertainment from NSW regional stars

Ellen Briggs

In demand on the comedy circuit and adored for her ability to find the humour in everyday experiences, Ellen Briggs believes it’s her regionality that gives her strength in 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.

Come and enjoy listen to Ellen’s hilarious comedy set where she definitely leaves no stone unturned.  She’s like the girl next door that you’re glad you don’t live next door to!

Dane Simpson

Dane Simpson is proving that the best comedy can be found in the most genuine human experiences. 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, with more than 50,000 views.

Dane 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.

A professional DJ since the age of 15, Dane runs a regular ‘Koori-oke’ night at his local pub, and setup and runs a regular comedy club in his hometown of Wagga Wagga.

Fanny Lumsden

With 4 stars by Rolling Stone and Sydney Morning Herald, the Western NSW born Fanny Lumsden delivers cracking alt country with a whole lot of heart’.  Fanny Lumsden has been called ‘A breath of fresh country air’ by Rolling Stone Magazine and ‘Australia’s answer to Americana’ by Rhythms Magazine. Her debut record Small Town Big Shot, which came in at #6 on the Country ARIA Chart and with both her singles reaching #1 on the Country Music Channel, it’s no wonder she was asked to present a CMAA award alongside Paul Kelly and was  nominated for CMC New OZ Artist of the year. With her sold out Annual Country Halls Tour the Western NSW raised Fanny Lumsden is, as The Australian said, ‘a rising singer songwriter turning heads’.

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