Welcome to our list of arts and cultural events happening in the NSW Central West gathered from artists, event producers, great local venues and groups across the region. Use the contact or ticketing details listed with each event.

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2024 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

This year marks 160 years since Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson was born at Narrambla, Orange, and Central West Libraries announces the call for entries in the 2024 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards on his birthday, Saturday 17 February.

Established in 1991, the awards honour Banjo, acknowledged as a great writer and favourite son of Orange, with a competition encouraging Australian content. However, entries do not have to be written in Banjo’s style of bush writing.

Writing Workshop with Alicia Thompson

West Room, Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Participants will complete writing tasks focussed on the various aspects of story writing, and share the results with the class to receive teacher and class feedback.


LEGO Club – Blayney Library

Blayney Library (part of Central West Libraries) 48 Adelaide Street, Blayney, NSW, Australia

Are you a master builder?

Do you spend your days dreaming of the magnificent creations you could make?

Do you leave LEGO surprises for your parents all over the house?

Come along to Tuesday afternoon LEGO Club, and show us what you can do!


Make/Do – Teen Meet-Up – Orange City Library

Orange City Library (part of Central West Libraries) 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Gather in the library after school to decompress and relax.

Make/Do is a safe space for you to catch up with friends, chat about books, listen to music and hang out.

Each week you will have the opportunity to try a new activity, but if you prefer to sit and read, you can!

A Step Towards Freedom – Book Launch

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

At the tender age of three, Gabrielle Dickson’s carefree, fun-filled childhood took a dark turn. One that would lead her into a lifetime of betrayal, shame and humiliation.

This is a story of courage, of becoming unstuck and learning that everyone is flawed in some way, but that self-healing is the only way forward. And to move forward, Gabrielle had to face her past.



The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Event listings are sourced or supplied from local venues and arts organisations. Many events listed here have been originally shared by the organisers on social media. Whilst all care is taken – and accuracy is our priority – we can take no responsibility for date changes or the content of contributed information. Contact the event organisers listed for more details or to book tickets.

The best way to include your event is to use our SUBMIT HERE form (under the What’s On menu at the top of each page). These listings will be manually approved by the Arts OutWest team before publication.  Please allow a couple of days for listings to be published. If you have submitted an event and want to make changes just email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

Featured events‘ are those submitted directly online by presenters.

Event promotors are asked to only include their own original images / images that they have permission to use / copyright free stock images. For more information see our fact sheet on Using Images For Promoting Events (if you can’t see this link look under ‘Opportunities’ then ‘Resources’).