TOP NOTE: Indie-folk singer Jack Carty is just one of diverse cultural acts to be showcased as part of this year’s plunge program, which has tripled in size from last year.
TOP NOTE: Indie-folk singer Jack Carty is just one of diverse cultural acts to be showcased as part of this year’s plunge program, which has tripled in size from last year.

Plunge into the massive array of cultural events on offer

THE number of events included in the Clarence Valley's award-winning cultural festival, plunge, will treble in number this year.

Last year the festival had 44 events spread across the Clarence Valley and this year there are 154.

And if that's not enough, there will also be a range of 'fringe' events that will run in support outside the plunge dates of March 26-April 26.

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson said the annual month-long festival offered something for all tastes.

"We have been very careful to make sure there are events to suit everyone," he said.

"It includes music, art, dance, the Travelling Film Festival, a bull-riding spectacular, workshops and everything in between, and is a great reflection of what we have on offer here in the Clarence."

Cr Williamson said the plunge 2015 program would be launched next week.

"To give people some idea of the scope of the 2015 festival, the program is 96 packed pages," he said.

"Last year it was 24 pages."

Cr Williamson said there was a particular emphasis this year on providing hands-on experiences for festival patrons.

"When planning started for plunge 2015, organisers put out a call for people to host workshops," he said.

"The response was overwhelming.

"Last year we offered six all-age workshops and four speciality workshops for kids. This year there will be 22 workshops for kids and 20 all-age ones."

Events for plunge 2015 will be held throughout the Clarence Valley, including in smaller centres like Wooli, Tullymorgan and Copmanhurst.

The fringe program is new, as is the artists' trail, which will provide access to 44 artists and exhibitions across the valley.

"We often take what we have on offer here for granted," Cr Williamson said.

"But when you see all these activities compiled together in one convenient booklet, there's basically something on every day during that month.

"I can't wait for it to start."



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