No, there won’t be any manatees involved, but there will be plenty of music, film, food and arts instead.

The Hunter’s newest festival, set in the picturesque surrounds of Dungog Shire, promises to bring Australian and international film, food and music to regional NSW. All budding filmmakers are also invited to submit a short (under 30 minutes) and feature-length film for consideration, which can be done through the film submissions page.

In addition to the film program, there will be four days of entertainment which is expected to attract thousands of visitors (which will more or less double the current population). In addition to exploring Main Street tourists can also take the time to enjoy rolling hillsides, rivers and state forests nearby. No, still no dugongs. Sorry.

Dungog Festival will be held from Thursday August 28 until Sunday August 31, with the full program yet to be announced. Tickets are available from June through the website.

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