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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Festival of Small Halls

Bloomfield Hall, Orange Orange Health Services Campus, Forrest Road., Orange, NSW, Australia

Featuring Ryan Young (SCO) and Alana Wilkinson (AUS).

Presented by the world-renowned team behind Woodford Folk Festival (Woodfordia Inc), the Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s largest regional music tour. This tour marks the 37th venture into rural, regional and remote areas of the country, with a van full of bunting, instruments, and folk spirit.

$30.00

Festival of Small Halls

Woodstock Soldiers Memorial Hall Rankin St, Woodstock, NSW, Australia

Featuring Ryan Young (SCO) and Alana Wilkinson (AUS).

Presented by the world-renowned team behind Woodford Folk Festival (Woodfordia Inc), the Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s largest regional music tour. This tour marks the 37th venture into rural, regional and remote areas of the country, with a van full of bunting, instruments, and folk spirit.

$14 – $25

Architectural Interventions Workshops – tutored by Cave Urban

The Corridor Project, Wyangala Darbys Falls, NSW, Australia

A two day workshop with celebrated arts, architecture and cultural company Cave Urban.

The workshops will bring together local communities and artists/architects collaborating in the construction of a dome dwelling, using traditional weaving techniques and construction methodologies.

$20

Coal Miners Daughter

Orange Civic Theatre Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

Multi-awarded, look-alike songstress, Amber Joy Poulton, brings Coal Miner’s Daughter – the mega-hits and stories of inspirational pioneer and superstar Loretta Lynn, to Australia following a sold-out national tour run in 2017 and again in 2022.

$30 – $70

Save the date: 2024 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

The Festival begins with a celebration of Banjo’s birthday on Saturday 17 February 2024 and runs through to Sunday 25 February 2024.
There will be about 20 events over that time and at least 7 opportunities for walk-up performances in pubs, wineries and open air at breakfast.

Save the date: Cowra Festival of International Understanding

Cowra 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Festa Italiana! will be the call when the 59th Festival of International Understanding is held in Cowra
In March 2024. Italy, the guest nation in 1969, will again be the selected country for the festival and from all reports, one of the most popular.

Save the date: River Yarn Fibre Festival

Carcoar Carcoar, NSW, Australia

The picture-perfect village of Carcoar is nestled in a small sheltered valley beside the meandering Belubula River. A true historic gem, it is the third oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains.
We are inviting you to join us at the second Fibre Festival - a weekend of inspiring workshops and market stalls for knitting and yarn enthusiasts.

Caroline Josephs Exhibition

Rosnay Organic, Canowindra 510 Rivers Road, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Artist, writer, storyteller and educator Caroline Josephs will be showcasing her latest project.

A number of paintings are being presented – portraits of herself — painting her fish fossil ancestors–360 million years old!

Event Series Anatolian Art Classes in Orange

Anatolian Art Classes in Orange

Orange City Bowling Club 61-89 Warrendine Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Whether you're a novice eager to explore the world of art or a seasoned artist refining your craft, our dedicated instructors are here to nurture your talents. We offer a blend of traditional mosaic lamp making and ceramic painting, infused with the spirit of Anatolia.

$99.00 – $209.00

Electric Light Orchestra Tribute Show

Orange Civic Theatre Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

Get ready to get swept up in the spaceship of music that is ELO. This 6-piece show features some of Sydney’s finest musicians and Dion’s voice will have you believing it’s Jeff Lynne up on stage.

Hear the hits of ELO including Living Thing, Telephone Line, Shine A Little Love, Don’t Bring Me Down, Mr Blue Sky, Sweet Talkin’ Woman and the list goes on.

Arts OutWest 50th Anniversary Party

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

A special event to celebrate 50 years of arts and cultural development in the NSW Central West. 
This will be a ticketed event with food, drinks and entertainment. 

TBC

Save the date: Orange Winter Jazz Festival

Get set for a weekend of great music and fine wine in the picturesque winter wonderland of Orange. This beautiful and historic township plays host to the best of the Central West’s music scene, alongside Australia’s most electrifying jazz artists across the June long weekend 2024.

National Indigenous Art Fair

Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal 130 Argyle Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia

The National Indigenous Art Fair will return to Gadigal Land at The Rocks, Sydney in 2024 to showcase creations from First Nations artists, designers and makers for its fourth annual art market. 

The Overseas Passenger Terminal will be bursting with art, performances, panel discussions, bushfood and a communal weaving circle.

Tina the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Show

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

Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this glorious, energetic stage production, brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. The powerful raspy vocals, high-intensity dancing and thrilling stage presence of Caroline Borole live on stage, complete with band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers to make this the definitive tribute, and a fabulous fun night out!

Intertwined

Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Intertwined is a new Australian theatre work written by Lusi Austin who also composed the original score.

Lusi has worked closely with Aboriginal Elders and Cowra's wider Aboriginal community, along with the Cowra Breakout Association, to present an authentic account of life in Cowra in 1944, as seen through the lens of Intertwined's lead characters.

 

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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