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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Cowra Radio Dramas Pitches Due

Fri September 25

COWRA. Radio Drama is currently making a bit of a comeback in Australia (it never went away in the UK) and Cowra Civic Centre is going to produce 5 or 6 new radio plays to add to this growing national collection. We are looking to collaborate with 5 or 6 writers from the Central West region of NSW to commission radio dramas that will be between 20 and 30 minutes long each

Applications close: Country Arts Support Program 2021

Tue September 29

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

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Sat October 3 at 6:30 pm

CANOWINDRA. Yes, this is the most interesting year most of us have experienced with Covid, lockdowns, business closures, rules and regulations, home-schooling, working from home and innumerable theories on cures so, let’s do something to crack the stress ---- LAUGH!

The Persian Queen

Thu October 8 - Sun October 11

BMEC, BATHURST. A new musical, an old story. Based on the biblical story of Esther, The Persian Queen is a new musical theatre production written by local artists Phil and Cath Snitch.

Loose Ends

Wed October 14 - Thu October 15

BMEC, BATHURST. Step into a magical world of wonders and wacky contraptions. A quirky tale of friendship with a touch of Mr Bean.

Mamma Mia The Concert

Sat October 17 at 8:00 pm

BATHURST. Come along and listen to the Ten Sopranos sing the very best of ABBA in an epic concert with exciting new vocal and symphonic harmonies

TIMBA: The Show – Bathurst

Tue October 20 at 6:00 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. Sharing raw and authentic stories of living experience of mental illness and recovery to break stigma

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.

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.

Edward the Emu – CANCELLED

Thu October 29 at 6:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. The award-winning Monkey Baa team brings to the stage the classic Australian tale of two emus searching for their identity. The emus’ journey of hilarity and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is …. you!

Grapes of Mirth: Comedy and Wine in Orange

Sat November 14 at 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

ORANGE. Five of Australia's best comedians, and of course your host, Merrick Watts.

Magic Beach

Mon November 16 at 6:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Alison Lester AM’s classic book comes to life on stage in a wonderful world of text, song, light, shadow and movement for children aged 3-8 and their adults.
From the team behind The Gruffalo and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses, this new Australian adaptation from multi-award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the differences that make every child special.

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.

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase – Bathurst

Sat November 28 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!

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.

Midsummer Bohos

Sat 23 January 2021, - Sun 24 January 2021,

OLD LITHGOW POTTERY, LITHGOW. Live theatre and music. Stalls and artists.

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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.

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