They’re dancing in the street at Dungog

FESTIVAL: NSW Tourism, Trade and Major Events Minister Stuart Ayres, artistic director Veronica Bolzon, Dungog mayor Harold Johnsen, festival managing director Tracy Norman and Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnston at Monday’s announcement.There was dancing in the streets as award-winning Australian DJ Paul Mac was announced as the headline act for the Starry Night Concert at this year’s Dungog Festival.

Mac, an ARIA Award winner, is known for his solo work and projects with Silverchair front-man Daniel Johns.

NSW Tourism, Trade and Major Events Minister Stuart Ayres announced the festival’s program of events in Dungog on Monday morning, which was followed by country dancing in the town’s main street.

It was also announced that George Ellis, who ­conducted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Millennium Choir at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games 2000, will stage a workshop with school children.

“I congratulate the Dungog Festival on delivering a fantastic program for the second year of this wonderful regional festival,” Mr Ayres said.

“Co-ordinated by the people of Dungog, the festival is a tribute to the resilience and community spirit of this wonderful regional town.”

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said Mr Ellis, who was Dungog Shire’s Australia Day ambassador in January, will work with the children to write a song and perform it during the festival.

“We need to tell the world what a wonderful place it is to live, work and play in Dungog,” he said.

“Dungog has had some tough times lately but the festival will showcase what a wonderful place this is and give residents and visitors to the town a reason to celebrate.”

Artistic director Veronica Bolzon said the hard work put into the festival is finally coming together.

“The Long Table Dinner will be bigger and better than ever featuring some of the area’s best produce and wines,” Ms Bolzon said.

“And we have four Australian premiere films to be shown over the duration of the festival.

“There will also be fantastic music and we will be able to announce more acts on September 10 when the whole program is announced.”

Managing director of the festival Tracy Norman acknowledged Destination NSW and Hunter Water for sponsorship which enables the festival to be held.

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