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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H ART of Women

GANG GANG Gallery, Lithgow 206 Main Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

NATASHA DANILOFF, ANNIE JOSEPH, ALIKI YIORKAS, JANETHA LYON
Four exceptionally tallented ladies come together for an exhibition celebrating women and their art.
OPENING EVENT – Saturday May 6th from 3pm

Just A Nobody

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

Book launch of "Just A Nobody" by local author, JA Henry. Signed copies of the book are available. Invitation only event

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Orange Mosaic Lamp Making Workshop

CWA Hall Orange Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

During this two-and-a-half-hour class, you will learn the techniques of this ancient craft that dates back 500 years. This course will teach you how to lay tile (tesserae) as well as how to assemble geometric patterns. Make your own Turkish mosaic lamp by choosing a geometric template and following the directions!

$99
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EUPHORIA AT UNION THEATRE LITHGOW

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

A Country Town. A Festival. A local tragedy and a town that doesn’t talk. This tale of good days, bad days and everything in between catapults us right into the heart of this little town where everyone knows everyone, and where Ethan is hit by his past as Meg struggles with the present.

$39.00

EUPHORIA AT UNION THEATRE LITHGOW

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

A Country Town. A Festival. A local tragedy and a town that doesn’t talk. This tale of good days, bad days and everything in between catapults us right into the heart of this little town where everyone knows everyone, and where Ethan is hit by his past as Meg struggles with the present.

$39.00
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Bathurst Arts Trail

Bathurst Bathurst, NSW, Australia

The Bathurst Arts Trail is a collective of artists throughout the Bathurst region who open their galleries and studios to visitors on the first weekend of each month.

Free

SUNDAY STITCH: Leanne Wicks, Native Birds

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Create your own yard bird inspired by Leanne Wicks' Foyer Space exhibition!
Blending her lifelong passions of birding, ornithology, and knitting, Leanne Wicks presents knitted portraits of artists associated with the artistic programs of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and the Cementa art festival. Each portrait merges the personality and practice of artists with Australian birds to create a unique and whimsical knitted installation.

$33.08

Phoenix Choir: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle

Hoskins Memorial Church, Lithgow 43 Bridge Street, Lithgow, 2790, Australia

Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle cannot decide whether it is an opera or a religious work. It is certainly a mass set to the familia latin text, but it is neither petite nor remotely solemn so calling it a “little solemn mass” is probably only a ruse to appease the very conservative church of the time. But even then, because of its female singers, it wasn’t performed in a church during Rossini’s lifetime despite his direct appeal to the Pope.

$35.00 – $40.00
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KIDS COLOUR CLUB: Beautiful Bush

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Cool, creative and colourful art making sessions at the gallery!
Using a range of materials create your own artwork inspired by the themes of our current exhibitions.

$11.90

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Landscape Watercolour Painting (SOLD OUT)

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Learn the basics of landscape watercolour painting in a 2-hour mentored session by Contemporary Impressionist Kasey Sealy.
Surrounded by landscape paintings in the gallery as part of our current exhibition, Danelle Bergstrom: Afterglow, be inspired and create your own painting across this session.

$33.08
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Just a Song at Twilight – by Phil Sanders

Keystone 1889, Bathurst 99 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Gerry Sorley, an Australian studying at Cambridge University, reads Seneca's "The Shortness of Life" as part of his philosophy degree. He knows he’s being indulged by his father who will insist on him joining the family firm soon, and he’s determined that, when he does, he will do things 'ethically.' It is the summer of 1976 and Gerry joins fellow students and best friends, Tim and Judith, to sing old music hall songs for fun in the back rooms of pub. This leads to their finding a spot in the Edinburgh Fringe by which time Gerry and Judith are falling in love.

$30

SOUNDS OF SARANGI

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Bathurst welcomes Sangeet Misra, one India's foremost practitioners of Sarangi (a mesmerising bowed folk instrument) for a night of Hindustani classical music accompanied by Rob Shannon on Tabla.

$38.37

LIMESTONE CARVING WORKSHOP WITH DAMIEN LUCAS AT ROSBY

Rosby Wines, Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Mudgee 122 Strikes Ln, Eurunderee, NSW, Australia

During this lively two-day workshop you’ll be guided to produce your own limestone sculpture based on ideas developed from drawings, clay sketches, or a study. Learn to visualise the sculpture within the block and then bring it to life whilst learning about the tools and methods of carving. You'll also develop your sense of sculptural language. The physical and energetic nature of the carving process means that this workshop is bound to be both challenging and fun for participants. The workshop caters to all levels of artistic experience - from beginners wanting to try something new, to proficient artists.

$415

Maggie Mackellar Author Talk at Orange City Library

Orange City Library (part of Central West Libraries) 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

In Graft, Maggie MacKellar recounts a year on a Merino wool farm on the east coast of Tasmania. A beautiful depiction of her experiences of motherhood, family, nature and home, the book is a stunning tale about giving thanks, the inescapable elemental laws of nature and the joys of being one with the land. The event is supported by Collins Booksellers. 

Free

The Wildflowers’ Annual Show and album launch

Cowra Railway Station 16 Mid Western Highway, Cowra, NSW, Australia

The Wildflowers are Lucy Lehmann and Andy Baylor, and they are launching their new album at the Cowra Railway Station on Saturday, May 20, joined by Waugoola Ramblers Stuie Sims, Woolly Wooldridge and Will Bennett.  Special guest for the evening will be poet Geoffrey Lehmann, winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry (and Lucy's dad).  Dinner will be available.

$10 – $20

Morning Tea with Maggie Mackellar

Home Farm Cabin, Gingkin 141 Sheepstation Forest Rd, Gingkin

We invite you to join us here at Home Farm for morning tea, as we host renowned Australian author, Maggie Mackellar. Maggie has spent a lifetime on and off the land. she is a columnist for Country style and Graziher magazines and she also pens a regular weekly newsletter. 'The Sit Spot' from her home in Tasmania.

$22.00

acoustic sunday

Millthorpe Bowling Club (Club Millthorpe) 24 - 26 Elliott Street, Millthorpe, NSW, Australia

Featuring Andy Nelson (Bathurst) and Jon Wilby (Millthorpe).
Andy & Jon both came to songwriting later in life. They just seemed to pop out fully formed and ready to go. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs. Do also take a moment to admire their beards! We are thrilled that Andy & Jon are to be our first guests for the 2023 season.

$15
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Just a Song at Twilight by Phil Sanders

Keystone 1889, Bathurst 99 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Gerry Sorley, an Australian studying at Cambridge University, reads Seneca's "The Shortness of Life" as part of his philosophy degree. He knows he’s being indulged by his father who will insist on him joining the family firm soon, and he’s determined that, when he does, he will do things 'ethically.' It is the summer of 1976 and Gerry joins fellow students and best friends, Tim and Judith, to sing old music hall songs for fun in the back rooms of pub. This leads to their finding a spot in the Edinburgh Fringe by which time Gerry and Judith are falling in love.
40 years on and Gerry (Gerald), now the Chairman of Stratagem Mining, feels the need to find a copy of Seneca's book and, this time, finish it before it’s too late. Gerald has followed the line of least resistance, playing off his ethical principles against the demands of business. What price is ethics when the share price hits the floor?

$30

Altered States – Rogue Sculptors

The Corner Store Gallery, Orange 382 Summer Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Rogue Sculptors present ‘Altered States’, their newest exhibition @ The Corner Store Gallery from 23 - 28 May, 2023.
This exhibition will showcase diversity of thinking, multiplicity of styles and individuality in considering altered states of everything. Passionate about sculpture, the Rogue Sculptors will seek to delight audiences with their selection of works involving all manner of materials. 

National Simultaneous Storytime

Bathurst Library 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

This year’s National Simultaneous Storytime will be held on Wednesday 24 May. The book selected by ALIA is ‘The Speedy Sloth’ by Rebecca Young and Heath McKenzie. It will be read at 11am sharp along with millions of children across the country. The special guest reader this year at Bathurst Library will be local BMX champion, Olympic coach and exercise physiologist Adam Carey.

Free

NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Market

Online

150 Artists from across regional NSW will be selling their products ONLINE through www.herenowandalways.com from 𝟮𝟱𝘁𝗵 – 𝟮𝟵𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗮𝘆 so make sure you mark your calendar and get in quick to purchase works!

ONLINE

Sydney Writers’ Festival: Live & Local 2023 at Orange

Orange Regional Gallery Theatre, 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

For the second year, Sydney Writers Festival returns to Orange in 2023 to bring the best of the Festival direct to you at the Orange Regional Gallery Theatre, hosted by Orange City Library.

Free

Paddy Smith Live @ Sam’s Bar

Sams Bar, Millthorpe 9 Pym St, Millthorpe

After more live music?
Join us at Sam’s Bar Millthorpe, Friday 26th of May with tunes from Paddy Smith from 6pm

Free
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Just a Song at Twilight – by Phil Sanders

Keystone 1889, Bathurst 99 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Gerry Sorley, an Australian studying at Cambridge University, reads Seneca's "The Shortness of Life" as part of his philosophy degree. He knows he’s being indulged by his father who will insist on him joining the family firm soon, and he’s determined that, when he does, he will do things 'ethically.' It is the summer of 1976 and Gerry joins fellow students and best friends, Tim and Judith, to sing old music hall songs for fun in the back rooms of pub. This leads to their finding a spot in the Edinburgh Fringe by which time Gerry and Judith are falling in love.

$30

 

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.

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