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

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The Metropolitan Opera Live in Cinemas – The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Sun April 5 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.

A Migrant’s Son

Thu April 9 at 8:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Featuring a live band, including piano and bouzouki, Michaela tells her family story with poignancy, heart and comical aplomb. The show is both hard-hitting and hilarious, traversing 100 years from Russia to the Australian outback – following the hardship, ingenuity, tragedy and triumph in all migrants’ stories.

Ironfest 2020 Gothic Virtual Festival

Fri April 17 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

groups & individuals do their thing in locations of their choice & live stream them (at a location to be advised) via watch parties over the April 18 & 19 weekend

Ironfest 2020 Gothic – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Sat April 18 - Sun April 19

LITHGOW SHOWGROUND. The 21st annual Ironfest will take place at the Lithgow Showground over the weekend of Sat 18 & Sun 19 April

Permission to Speak

Mon April 27 - Tue April 28

BMEC, BATHURST. Delicately poised between concert and theatre, Permission to Speak explores the dynamic relationship of parent and child as it exists and evolves through a lifetime.

The Rhymes, Reasons and Rhythms of The Sandman & Flacco

Thu April 30 at 6:00 pm

BATHURST. Steve "The Sandman" Abbott and Paul "Flacco" Livingston exhume their own characters in this touching tribute to themselves

The Metropolitan Opera Live in Cinemas – Agrippina

Sun May 3 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.

Mamma Mia!

Fri May 8 - Sun May 24

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Over 60 million people all around the globe have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. And now, Orange Theatre Company invites you to fall in love all over again! 

Carillon Theatrical Society – The Sound of Music – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Fri May 8 - Sat May 16

BMEC, BATHURST. The Carillon Theatrical Society presents a talented local cast in “The Sound of Music” – the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein and one of the world's most beloved musical.

Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live – Orange – POSTPONED TO SEPT 15 DUE TO COVID-19

Wed May 27 at 8:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing… happiness.

Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live – Bathurst – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Thu May 28 at 8:00 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing… happiness.

The Metropolitan Opera Live in Cinemas – Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)

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.

The 91-Storey Treehouse

Mon June 1 at 6:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Stories! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider!
But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry & Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-It-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world?

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase – Bathurst

Fri June 5 at 8:00 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. Boasting a line-up of Festival favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment is bringing the best of the fest direct to you!

Celtic Illusion Reimagined

Thu June 11 at 7:30 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. Immerse yourself in the Irish Dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the USA by storm! 

The Metropolitan Opera Live in Cinemas – Tosca

Sun June 21 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.

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