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.

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Midsummer Bohos

Sat January 23 - Sun January 24

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

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

Sat February 13 - Sun February 21

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.

Inland Sea of Sound 2021: Sub-Tribe

Wed February 24 at 7:30 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. Sub-Tribe a dynamic six piece electronic-roots/dub fusion band from New Zealand. They will be supported by great local bands, The Safety of Life at Sea (with nine piece band) and The Mirandas.

Inland Sea of Sound 2021: Hussy Hicks

Thu February 25 at 8:00 pm

BATHURST. Hussy Hicks, led by powerhouse soul vocalist Leesa Gentz and Julz Parker who is touted as Australia’s leading female guitarist. Hussy Hicks will be supported by local favourites Smith & Jones (with five piece band).

Inland Sea of Sound 2021: Kate Ceberano

Fri February 26 at 8:00 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. Be seduced by the vocal prowess of Kate Ceberano, accompanied by guitarist Ben Butler, returned from the USA, where he performed with Sting and Bruce Springsteen. Our local musical support for the night is the extremely talented local singer songwriter Andy Nelson with his amazing new five piece band.

Inland Sea of Sound 2021: C.W. Stoneking

Sat February 27 at 8:00 pm

BATHURST. Get set for a balmy night outdoors with headliner C.W. Stoneking a musical, blues story teller who is one of a kind.

Inland Sea of Sound 2021: The Beanies

Sun February 28 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. Kids' favourites The Beanies perform a free show for families. The Beanies Egg-straordinary Day.

Orange Chamber Music Festival – Gala Concert

Thu April 8 at 6:30 pm - Sun April 11 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 April 24 - Sun May 2

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

Spring Molong Arts Festival (SMARTS)

Fri October 15

MOLONG. Save the Date. October 15 2021.

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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