Regional Arts Development Central West NSW


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.
Submit your events here (more details about event contributions at the bottom of the page).
For maps and details of museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art go to Culture Maps Central NSW.

NAIDOC Week Event Bathurst

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 105 William Street, Bathurst, NSW

NAIDOC Week celebrates and recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth


Chifely Home and Education Centre Re-opening

Chifley Home Busby St, Bathurst, NSW

Chifley Home has been closed since March 2020, and during this time Council has taken the opportunity to conduct conservation work and improvements to the facility.
New interpretative signage will tell the stories of Prime Minister and Locomotive Driver, Ben Chifley, and his wife Elizabeth.


Tremain's Mill, Bathurst 11 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW

Learn how to make beautiful, awe-spiring lanterns and giant puppets in one afternoon with the amazing Phil Relf and Ikara Celebratory Events.
Join the LANTERN PARADE with your hand-made lantern at Tremain’s Mills as part of Bathurst’s Winter Festival after the workshop and light up the night!


Cowra Cowra, NSW

It will be a day of sharing and learning the culture of our First Nations People, and continuing what the theme of "Get Up! Stand up! Show Up!' really stands for.

The Year of Magical Thinking

Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW

This highly personal account of loss through the lens of hope unpacks a surreal and overwhelming time in Didion’s life as she faces the sudden loss of her husband John, and later her daughter Quintana. Deeply moving, sometimes funny, and ultimately joyful, this is one woman’s story of the journey to find acceptance, and the lessons learnt in letting go.


Condo Naidoc Ball

Condobolin RSL 20 McDonnell Street, Condobolin, NSW

Wrapping up what will be a deadly week of culture and celebration. The NSWALRA in collaboration with the Willow Bend Aboriginal Corp present the return of the NAIDOC BALL

Winter Warmers with Bandaluzia

Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW

Our winter event of our Four Seasons Series - a series of musical celebrations of local seasonal produce and fabulous music from around the world. We celebrate the winter harvest with acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble, Bandaluzia.


The Cabonne Acquisitive Art Prize – Exhibition

Cabonne Council (HACC Office) 70 Gaskill Street, Canowindra, NSW

The Cabonne Acquisitive Art Prize, now in its third year, aims to foster a sense of identity, pride and place in Cabonne, whilst encouraging and showcasing the high calibre of creative talent in the region.

Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Kandos Museum 22 Buchannan St, Kandos, NSW

With a welcome to country, performance, smoking ceremony, flag raising, light lunch.

Acacia Quartet & Lyle Chan: AIDS Memoir Quartet

Orange Regional Conservatorium 73A Hill Street, Orange, NSW

ORANGE REGIONAL CONSERVATORIUM, ORANGE. Lyle Chan's unique AIDS Memoir Quartet is a visceral musical portrait of the peak of the epidemic. Performed by the Acacia String Quartet and narrated by Chan himself, the 90-minute work is a tour-de-force of emotionally powerful music, containing portraits of famous activists now dead, and unusual effects like the use of police whistles to recall street demonstrations by ACT UP, the direct action protest group of which Chan was a core member. 

The Sapphires Written & Directed by Tony Briggs

Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW

The Sapphires is one of the Australia’s best-loved stories. Winning multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album there was one challenge left and that was to undertake a national tour of Australia. Bringing the raw energy, fun and emotion of this story directly to stages like Cowra Civic Centre and across the nation.

$10 – $39


Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW

Barbaroi is a blend of high octane contemporary circus and exciting physical theatre. It combines daring acrobatics, aerials & phenomenal circus acts set against a pumping soundtrack complimented by finely tuned lighting and special effects. The Barbaroi will leave audiences young and old holding their breath and on the edge of their seat. Welcome to the five star award winning cyberpunk circus showdown that is Barbaroi!

$6 – $29

This is Eden – Cowra

Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW

Cascades Female Factory, Hobart Town. In a solitary cell, on the edge of survival, Mary Ford waits alone in the darkness. Left for dead, ten thousand miles from home, she plots escape and reveals, with biting mockery, the untold tales of her captors.




Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW

Join award-winning cabaret powerhouses Amelia Ryan and Libby O’Donovan, In a rollicking, raucous celebration of songs and stories from 1960s Australia.


Daffodils at Rydal

Rydal Bathurst St, Rydal, NSW

Rydal NSW is the home of thousands of daffodils.
All going to plan gardens will be open in Rydal on the 2nd and 3rd weekend of September 2022.

Out West Piano Fest

Blackdown Farm, Bathurst 90 Eleven Mile Drive, Eglinton, NSW

Over the 2022 October long weekend Bathurst will hum to a different sound. From Saturday 1 to Monday 3 October the sounds of piano will ring out over the landscape, with a program that is inspired by place, by culinary delights, by visual art, by collaborative passion for sharing the delight that music can achieve.


Hill End Hill End, NSW

The historic and iconic Australian gold rush town of Hill End NSW was once home to a thriving community of over 8,000 people, today it is a charming heritage village with a population of around 100.
On 22 October 2022, the village celebrates the 150th anniversary of its golden past.

The Sentimental Bloke

Orange Regional Conservatorium 73A Hill Street, Orange, NSW

Ian and pianist Aura Go perform Ian's new score live in the venue while the NFSA's 2019 digitally restored film is played, so that the film may be enjoyed in as close to its original from as possible.


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.

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