Welcome to our 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. Use the contact or ticketing details listed with each event.

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Fast Cars

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 105 William Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

The sold-out smash-hit of 2023 returns in 2024 as part of Superfest. Think Schitts Creek, Upper Middle Bogan and The Castle all rolled into one! A riotous romp about winners and losers; lovers and fighters and what happens when the will to win spins us out of control and away from the ones we love!

Workshop: VISION 20/50 an (impossible) festival

Online

Arts OutWest calls on artists to imagine an artwork that could be made in the year 2050, in the Central West, that speaks to a radically aspirational vision for a possible future for our region.
As part of marking 50 years of Arts Outwest, we are celebrating with a hypothetical Festival – VISION 20/50 an possible festival.
To aid artists in imagining their aspirational ideas for the art-making of the future and prepare a submission, we are holding six free workshops around the region. In these workshops, you’ll be taken through a number of exercises and tasks that will help you imagine all the possibilities for your work, even though it doesn’t exist yet!

Stage Fright – ein Kabarett (Lithgow)

Union Theatre, Lithgow 67 Bridge Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Brilliant - funny, talented, enigmatic and sexy as hell!"
Character comedienne, Jude Bowler’s enticing and touchingly twisted, droll homage to the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich.
Written and performed by Jude, “Stage Fright ein Kabarett” a whimsical night of cabaret featuring the accompanying talents of Frankie Bouchier.

Workshop #2: VISION 20/50 an (impossible) festival (Bathurst)

Charles Sturt University Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Workshop #1: VISION 20/50 an (impossible) festival
Arts OutWest calls on artists to imagine an artwork that could be made in the year 2050, in the Central West, that speaks to a radically aspirational vision for a possible future for our region.
As part of marking 50 years of Arts Outwest, we are celebrating with a hypothetical Festival – VISION 20/50 an possible festival.
To aid artists in imagining their aspirational ideas for the art-making of the future and prepare a submission, we are holding six free workshops around the region. In these workshops, you’ll be taken through a number of exercises and tasks that will help you imagine all the possibilities for your work, even though it doesn’t exist yet!

Stage Fright – ein Kabarett (Oberon)

Malachi Gilmore Hall, Oberon 124 Oberon St, Oberon, NSW, Australia

Brilliant - funny, talented, enigmatic and sexy as hell!"
Character comedienne, Jude Bowler’s enticing and touchingly twisted, droll homage to the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich.
Written and performed by Jude, “Stage Fright ein Kabarett” is your introduction to cabaret in the unique setting of the Malachi Gilmore Hall. Featuring the accompanying talents of Frankie Bouchier.

Workshop #3: VISION 20/50 an (impossible) festival (Mudgee)

Mudgee Arts Precinct Workshops 2-6 Douro St, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Workshop #1: VISION 20/50 an (impossible) festival

Arts OutWest calls on artists to imagine an artwork that could be made in the year 2050, in the Central West, that speaks to a radically aspirational vision for a possible future for our region.
As part of marking 50 years of Arts Outwest, we are celebrating with a hypothetical Festival – VISION 20/50 an possible festival.
To aid artists in imagining their aspirational ideas for the art-making of the future and prepare a submission, we are holding six free workshops around the region. In these workshops, you’ll be taken through a number of exercises and tasks that will help you imagine all the possibilities for your work, even though it doesn’t exist yet!

Workshop #4: VISION 20/50 an (impossible) festival (Parkes)

Marramarra Makerspace Studio, Parkes Shire Council Parkes Library, 25 Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Arts OutWest calls on artists to imagine an artwork that could be made in the year 2050, in the Central West, that speaks to a radically aspirational vision for a possible future for our region.
As part of marking 50 years of Arts Outwest, we are celebrating with a hypothetical Festival – VISION 20/50 an possible festival.
To aid artists in imagining their aspirational ideas for the art-making of the future and prepare a submission, we are holding six free workshops around the region. In these workshops, you’ll be taken through a number of exercises and tasks that will help you imagine all the possibilities for your work, even though it doesn’t exist yet!

Workshop #5: VISION 20/50 an (impossible) festival (Condobolin)

Condobolin Community & Arts Centre 23 Bathurst Street, Condobolin, NSW, Australia

Arts OutWest calls on artists to imagine an artwork that could be made in the year 2050, in the Central West, that speaks to a radically aspirational vision for a possible future for our region.
As part of marking 50 years of Arts Outwest, we are celebrating with a hypothetical Festival – VISION 20/50 an possible festival.
To aid artists in imagining their aspirational ideas for the art-making of the future and prepare a submission, we are holding six free workshops around the region. In these workshops, you’ll be taken through a number of exercises and tasks that will help you imagine all the possibilities for your work, even though it doesn’t exist yet!

Workshop #6: VISION 20/50 an (impossible) festival (online)

Online

Arts OutWest calls on artists to imagine an artwork that could be made in the year 2050, in the Central West, that speaks to a radically aspirational vision for a possible future for our region.
As part of marking 50 years of Arts Outwest, we are celebrating with a hypothetical Festival – VISION 20/50 an possible festival.
To aid artists in imagining their aspirational ideas for the art-making of the future and prepare a submission, we are holding six free workshops around the region. In these workshops, you’ll be taken through a number of exercises and tasks that will help you imagine all the possibilities for your work, even though it doesn’t exist yet!

Music Industry Mixer

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 105 William Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

BMEC, Music NSW and Arts OutWest host a Music Industry Mixer to bring music based artists together for networking, industry updates and for us to meet you, find out what you do and see how we can collaborate.

Highway of Lost Hearts by Mary Anne Butler with original music by Smith & Jones

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 105 William Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

A WOMAN. A DOG. A CAMPERVAN. AND 4,500KMS OF WIDE-OPEN ROAD.
After a celebrated season at BMEC in 2021, Lingua Franca’s production of Highway of Lost Hearts is hitting the road on a NSW wide tour. Back for one night only, join us as we send off Kate Smith and Smith & Jones to share this Bathurst-made production with audiences around the state.

Stage Fright – ein Kabarett (Hill End) – POSTONED

The Royal Hall, Hill End Beyers Ave, Hill End, NSW, Australia

Character comedienne, Jude Bowler’s enticing and touchingly twisted, droll homage to Marlene. Nobody’s muse, everybodys’ icon, a modern day Dietrich – bored and mad as ever.
Written and performed by Jude Bowler. With special guest opening act Rob Shannon.

Stage Fright – ein Kabarett (Garra) – POSTPONED

Garra Hall 954 Garra Rd, Garra, NSW

NOTICE: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTONED DUE TO COVID. WE HOPE TO BRING IT TO YOU LATER THIS YEAR. STAY TUNED.
TICKET HOLDERS HAVE BEEN EMAILED.
THE SHOW ON 9 JUNE IN CARCOAR WILL STILL GO AHEAD.

Arts OutWest 50th Anniversary Dinner (SOLD OUT)

Forbes Town Hall 2 Court Street, Forbes, NSW, Australia

TICKET SALES CLOSE WED 22 MAY AT 5PM.
Join us for a night of dinner, entertainment, art and connecting.
We welcome old friends and new, people who are part of the Arts OutWest story and people who make the Central West’s arts and cultural scene tick.

$110

Opening: exhibitions for Arts OutWest’s 50th Anniversary

St Andrews Hall Court St, Forbes

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest we open a trio of exhibitions:
Behind the Lens: Photographic work by Arts Outwest Media Associates.
Arts OutWest Now: Work by current Arts OutWest staff, board and advisory committee members.
All things ’P’: A selection of 2D and 3D works in pencil, pen, paint, pottery, pastel, print making by members of Forbes Arts Society.

Arts OutWest Annual General Meeting

St Andrews Hall Court St, Forbes

Following our 50th Anniversary Dinner the night before this will be a low-key AGM.
Including reports from Chair and Executive Director, audited accounts, formal appointments to the Board.
There is no cost to come to the AGM.

Stage Fright – ein Kabarett (Carcoar)

Royal Hotel, Carcoar 6 Belubula St, carcoar, NSW, Australia

Character comedienne, Jude Bowler’s enticing and touchingly twisted, droll homage to Marlene. Nobody’s muse, everybodys’ icon, a modern day Dietrich – bored and mad as ever.
Written and performed by Jude. With special guest opening act Tim Hansen.

$30 – $35

A trio of exhibitions for Arts OutWest’s 50th Anniversary

St Andrews Hall Court St, Forbes

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest we open a trio of exhibitions:
Behind the Lens: Photographic work by Arts Outwest Media Associates.
Arts OutWest Now: Work by current Arts OutWest staff, board and advisory committee members.
All things ’P’: A selection of 2D and 3D works in pencil, pen, paint, pottery, pastel, print making by members of Forbes Arts Society.

 

The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Event listings 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.

The best way to include your event is to use our SUBMIT HERE form (under the What’s On menu at the top of each page). These listings will be manually approved by the Arts OutWest team before publication.  Please allow a couple of days for listings to be published. If you have submitted an event and want to make changes just email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

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