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 happening in the region each year.

Looking for the ongoing or regularly open museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art? They’re all covered at our Culture Maps Central NSW. Explore it here

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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.

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

Sat 13 February 2021, - Sun 21 February 2021,

ORANGE. Australian poetry is alive and well and this Festival will provide something for every age group, including Aboriginal performance, lots of local history and the wonderful food and wine of the Orange region.

Orange Chamber Music Festival – Gala Concert

Thu 8 April 2021, at 6:30 pm - Sun 11 April 2021, at 11:59 pm

ORANGE. In the true spirit of Chamber Music, the works featured at this event range from Duos, Trios, Quartets and Quintets by resident and guest artists, including two Australian compositions by Jessica Wells and the world premiere of a new work by Lyle Chan, especially dedicated to the Resident Ensembles of the Orange Chamber Music Festival 2021: the Nexas Quartet and Acacia Quartet

Canowindra Balloon Challenge

Sat 24 April 2021, - Sun 2 May 2021,

CANOWINDRA. See the magic and spectacle as a plethora of hot air balloons take to the skies each morning and late afternoon in Canowindra every April, over an eight day period at the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge

Parkes Elvis Festival 2022

Wed 5 January 2022, - Sun 9 January 2022,

PARKES. Start your engines and speed your way to the 2022 Parkes Elvis Festival, where we’ll celebrate Elvis’ 1968 musical film, Speedway.

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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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