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.

This is a busy artistic region. There’s usually more than 2000 arts and heritage events happeing in the region each year. Of course, 2020 looks a little different but the events are slowly returning where possible.

NEW: HAPPENING ONLINE. We’ve added a new category for workshops, exhibitions, virutal tours and activities that are now happening ONLINE. Click here for the listings

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Sprung Festival – Pirates!

Mon September 28 - Fri October 2

ONLINE. Inspired by Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks, this comedic mini series will encourage you to question your privacy and online habits in a digital age where personal data is collected and sold like treasure.

Sprung Festival – Paper Flowers

Mon September 28

ONLINE. A new and exciting way to explore theatre and storytelling, this unique online romantic drama explores themes of love, growth, boundaries, personal development and toxicity in relationships

Applications close: Country Arts Support Program 2021

Tue September 29

NSW. Small grants for local arts projects. Applications close Tuesday 29 September 2020.

Sprung Festival – Le Papillon

Tue September 29

ONLINE. Question anxiety and reexamine who you are and what's important to you in Le Pappillon - a physical theatre film

Sprung Festival – Lloyd.mp4

Wed September 30

ONLINE. A suspenseful short film in the style of The Blair Witch Project - witness the only footage that remains of a cyclist pursued across campus by a mysterious gang of killers

Sprung Festival – Garry Smith: Enlightment

Thu October 1 - Sat October 3

ONLINE. Garry Smith: Enlightenment is a mockumentary series that is mysterious, funny and gripping all at once; a wild ride where the answers you find may not be the answers you seek

School Holidays – Movie Night

Fri October 2 at 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

FORBES. School Holidays Movie Night

AMUSU Theatre & Movie Museum Manildra Presents Love Sarah

Sat October 17 - Sun October 18

MANILDRA. Step back in time on the 3rd weekend each month and experience going to the movies in the 1930's at our majestic art deco theatre, the AMUSU

The Red Shoes

Thu October 22

BMEC, BATHURST. Matthew Bourne’s ‘gorgeous take on the film classic’ (★★★★ The Times) comes to cinemas for the first time.

AMUSU Theatre & Movie Museum Manildra Present Ford v Ferrari

Sun October 25 at 1:30 pm

MANILDRA. Step back in time on the 3rd weekend each month and experience going to the movies in the 1930's at our majestic art deco theatre, the AMUSU

Applications close: Recovery Boost – RAF Recovery Grants

Thu October 29

REGIONAL ARTS FUND. Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from bushfire, drought, and/or the impacts of COVID-19.

Halloween Film Night

Sat October 31

OLD LITHGOW POTTERY, LITHGOW. Join us for a night of Ghouls, Hitchcock and Screams! 

Screening: Cyrano de Bergerac

Thu November 19

BMEC, BATHURST. James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, filmed live for cinemas from the London’s West End.

Arts Revival Festival

Mon 14 December 2020, - Tue 26 January 2021,

PARKES. Revival seems like the perfect theme for the festival - an opportunity to revive, celebrate and foster artistic activity in our local community and use the arts to inspire and uplift people in these troubled times.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2020

Fri 19 February 2021, at 7:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Sure to set your pulse racing, this carefully curated program showcases a selection of films packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences.

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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West. These events 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.

To contribute an event email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

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