North East Rivers Festival unique cultural experience

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Tasmanian festivals are always a highlight of the spring calendar and this year is no exception.

In just over a fortnight, the annual North East Rivers Festival returns – and once again promises to provide visitors and participants with a unique cultural experience.

Recognising and celebrating the importance of rivers to the Dorset region, it has been bringing riverbank communities together since 2007 and aims to encourage creativity and adventurous spirit in safe, fair-play environment.

One of the highlights of the event is the Derby River Derby, which takes place on Saturday October 22 and once again promises to provide a chaotic and exciting finish in this popular raft race.

This year the festival is launching two new events – the Derby Bike Challenge and the Bridport 10 Fun Run.

An art exhibition, vineyard concert, Men’s Shed market, golf challenge and fishing competition complete a fantastic itinerary and – best of all – it is free to spectators.

There will also be a wide variety of stalls, food outlets, music and entertainment throughout.

Opening night and a school fair takes place on Friday October 14, with the festival coming to a close on Sunday October 23.

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