The controversial Dragon Dreaming Festival kicks off on Friday, April 1 after the sold-out event was postponed last September due to coronavirus.

Lockdowns and border closures gave organisers little choice but to postpone the event, which is no longer being held in Yass Valley’s bushfire season. Located near the Goodradigbee River at Wee Jasper about one hour from Yass and two hours from Canberra.

The postponement may have provided some relief for local firefighters who consistently expressed concern in the past about an event of this nature being held in a rural area with only one narrow road providing access to the site.

However, the festival will again be hosted during bushfire season as usual from 2023 onwards.

Attendees are also invited to take part in a Regrowth Festival as part of the Dragon Dreaming event, which has combined with REGEN Incorporated and is described as a “leave a positive trace” festival. This involves adding to the native plants already planted at collaborative festivals.

Those attending were invited to donate an extra $5 when they purchase tickets to buy a native tree.

“The new amalgamated Dragon Dreaming Festival & REGEN Incorporated recognises that running the Dragon Dreaming Festival has a direct impact (both positive and negative) on the environment,” their site reads.

“We believe that we have a responsibility to care for and protect the environment in which we operate and are committed to enhancing it through our operations wherever possible, and minimising any negative impact.”

“We are fully committed to improving environmental performance across all of our activities, and will encourage our partners and members of the wider community to join us in this effort.”