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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Bathurst Library Children’s Weekly Activities

Mon October 12 - Fri December 18

BATHURST LIBRARY, BATHURST. Children's programs are back in the library face to face from Term 4! Strict book conditions and covid restriction compliance apply

Kids Film Competition Submissions End

Mon November 30

OBERON. The Oberon Youth Council are holding a film competition for the Christmas Drive-In

PIPA – The Magical World of Colour

Fri December 4 at 5:45 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. Fun for the whole family, this jam packed two hour show is filled with your Disney favourites. All are welcome and we promise you will want to sing and dance along with these amazing talented kids.

Em Dance Concert

Sat December 5

BMEC, BATHURST. The students from Em Dance Studio are proud to present, “Greatest Musical Genres – A Showcase of the Best”

Down the Rabbit Hole

Thu December 10 - Sun December 13

COWRA CIVIC CENTRE, COWRA. Based on the well-known story of Alice in Wonderland, Cowra Ballet School has brought their own flair, bringing to life all the well-known characters and scenes. From dancing to acting, and even a touch of singing, Down the Rabbit Hole, is a production you can bring the whole family to.

Register Your Interest In: Beloved Monster Drama Company January Workshop

Fri 11 December 2020, at 8:00 am - Wed 13 January 2021, at 5:00 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. If you're looking for children's drama activities in 2021, the Beloved Monster Drama Company will be hosting workshops in January and after school in Term 1

Bathurst Academy of Dance – End of Year Concerts

Sat December 12

BMEC, BATHURST. Our end of year concerts for the students of Bathurst Academy of Dance. Come along to see what they've learnt this year in these exciting productions of celebrations, adventures and fairy tales.

W (A New Wonderland)

Mon December 14 at 6:30 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. Join White Rabbit Tours’ five-star rated tour of this excellent place called Wonderland, attend Maddy Hatter’s tea party, and watch as tensions rise in the White Queen’s Annual Tart-Off.

School Holidays – Clay Workshop

Tue December 22 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

FORBES. Join us at for a DIY Clay Workshop in the December School Holidays! 

School Holidays – Macrame Workshop

Wed 6 January 2021, at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

FORBES. Join us for a Macrame Workshop and create some key rings and a beautiful macrame rainbow!

Summer Saturday Art Mornings

Sat 9 January 2021, - Sat 30 January 2021,

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. For ages 8 - 12 years. Taking inspiration from the ADRIENNE DOIG: It's All About Me! exhibition, participants will explore new materials and methods for making artworks including performance, paper based materials and weaving.

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival – Youth Poetry Competition

Sat 20 February 2021, at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

ORANGE. Individual performances of original poetry open to students

The 91-Storey Treehouse

Mon 29 March 2021, at 6:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Stories! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider!
But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry & Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-It-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world?

Bluey’s Big Play – Orange

Thu 15 April 2021, - Fri 16 April 2021,

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. See Bluey, Bingo, Mum and Dad as you’ve never seen them before... Join The Heelers in their first live theatre show created just for you with puppetry, live actors and iconic Australian sets. It’s a little bit different and a little bit beautiful.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Fri 7 May 2021, - Sat 15 May 2021,

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Orange Theatre Company production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

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