The Macleay River Festival will celebrate the rich history of the Macleay and showcase its diverse experiences, cultural offerings and beautiful natural environment. Throughout the month of September there will be a variety of creative and environmental activities including markets, fibre arts and sustainable living workshops.  A special feature will be the collaboration between artists in residence dLux Media and the local Aboriginal community on the Dunghutti Oral Histories Projects. This year’s event will kick off down at Riverside Park, Kempsey with a Lantern Boat Launch. Children of the Macleay have been busy making lantern boats that will be floated on the Macleay river, symbolising their hopes and dreams.