Welcome to our BIG 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.

COVID-19:  We’ve tagged the planned events across the region that have been cancelled or postponed: Click here

NEW: HAPPENING ONLINE. We’ve added a new category for workshops, exhibitions, virutal tours and activities that are now happening ONLINE. Here’s our story on who has moved online. Click here for the listings

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2019 CWAS ‘David Malin Awards’ – Temporarily closed due to Covid-19

Fri 19 July 2019, - Tue 30 June 2020,

PARKES. At CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope. The Central West Astronomical Society (CWAS) is proud to announce the shortlisted finalists in the 2019 CWAS Astrophotography Awards - the "David Malin Awards".

Capturing Nature: Early photography at the Australian Museum 1857 – 1893 – GALLERY TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Sat March 28 - Sun July 19

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM. Australia’s earliest scientific photographs are revealed in a new exhibition, Capturing Nature.

The Visitor – GALLERY TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Fri April 10 - Fri May 29

GRENFELL ART GALLERY. Scott Marr is a blue mountains-based artist who’s medium is painting, drawing and he recently started exploring sculpture through steel, timber and glass. Marr explores bio-metamorphosis through surrealism and abstraction

Travelling, Leaving, Settling, Scotland, Korea, Australia: Paintings, Works on Paper and Artists Books – Postponed (Covid-19)

Sun May 3 - Thu June 4

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The exhibition will focus on a selection of Yvonne Boag’s works that connect and emphasise the relationship between the painted surface of her paintings and the intimacy of her prints, drawings and artist’s books. The works selected include recent works from South Korea.

The Collection in Focus 2020: New Acquisitions – Postponed (Covid-19)

Sun May 3 - Sun June 14

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The exhibition includes paintings by Rowen Matthews, Christine Wrest-Smith, Sinead Davies, Ivan Goodacre, Steven Copland, Tam Cao, together with paintings by Dagmar Cyrulla and etchings by Max Miller, John Olsen, Lloyd Rees and Clifton Pugh (selected from the generous donation of prints by Max and Janie Miller), received through the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

EMPOWER Community Choir – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19

Fri May 29 at 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating indefinitely

BATHURST. A community choir for persons living with a disability.

Rock n Roll Dance Beginner Lessons for Adults – Postponed due to Covid-19

Fri May 29 at 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating indefinitely

PARKES. Learn Authentic 1950's Rock n roll Partner Dance for Adults.

The Robertson Brothers 1960’s Variety Show – Forbes – Posponed (Covid-19)

Fri May 29 at 8:00 pm

FORBES. THE ROBERSTON BROTHERS VARIETY SHOW featuring Simon Brook McLaughlan from the original cast of Jersey Boys......

Olde Bridge Gallery, Newbridge – Closed for the time-being due to Covid-19

Sat May 30 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Last of the month, repeating until Sun 29 November 2020,

NEWBRIDGE. OPEN EVERY WEEKEND: SAT 10-5pm. SUN 9am-4pm. The gallery showcases a diverse and exciting collection of original paintings, photography and hardwood furniture complemented by locally handcrafted metal work, pottery, jewelry, delicious handmade chocolates, heritage dolls, cards and gifts, all superbly featured in a lovingly restored 1850’s building in the centre of the village.

The Robertson Bros 60s Variety TV Show (Orange) – Cancelled due to Covid-19

Sat May 30 at 8:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Take a trip down memory lane with this amazing interactive live TV Variety Show featuring the hits from: The Seekers, Bee Gees, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Neil Sedaka and The Everly Brothers!

The Metropolitan Opera Live in Cinemas – Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) – Cancelled (Covid-19)

Sun May 31 at 1:00 pm

ORANGE. Screening on Sundays at 1pm, the new season of Met Operas begins on 27th October 2019, with Puccini's Turandot, and continues until 26th July 2020.

Bathurst Rail Museum – MUSEUM TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Mon June 1 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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BATHURST. The Bathurst Rail Museum brings the rich social history of Bathurst and our story as a railway town to life, with personal recollections and interesting artefacts.

The Art of Drawing Starts with Seeing – Postponed (Covid-19)

Mon June 1 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Mon 22 June 2020,

BATHURST. An eight week exploration into the Art of Drawing.

Art Classes for Beginners – Cancelled for the time-being due to Covid-19

Mon June 1 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Mon 7 December 2020,

LEE STREET HALL, KELSO. First Monday each Month (with some exceptions). Classes are structured to allow participants to build skills in using acrylics.

Parkes Dance Co: Ready Set Dance – Cancelled for the time-being due to Covid-19

Wed June 3 at 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wed 9 December 2020,

An event every month that begins at 5:15 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Thu 10 December 2020,

PARKES. WEEKLY. READY SET DANCE in an amazing pre-school dance program designed especially for boys and girls aged 2 to 5 years old. This is a one hour combo class that includes jazz, tap, hip hop, singing, music and a whole lot of fun.

Drawing The Human Form and Colour – Postponed (Covid-19)

Wed June 3 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wed 24 June 2020,

BATHURST. An eight week focus on drawing and painting the human form.

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