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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Tom Curtain’s Katherine Outback Experience Show

Eugowra Showground Eugowra, NSW, Australia

Saddle up for an epic outback adventure with Tom Curtain's national award winning Katherine Outback Experience!

Catch this fascinating one hour showcase of real horse training and working dog demonstrations including hands-on fun for the kids.

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

The James Morrison Motown Experience

The Hotel Canobolas 248 Summer Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

For the first time in a decade the legendary James Morrison will be back in the Central West and will be bringing his unforgettable and entertaining Motown Experience featuring an 11 piece band

Exhibition: Behind the Lines

Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

An exhibition of 100 political cartoons published during 2023 by leading Australian cartoonists presented in association with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Sunset Sessions

Boxgrove, Bathurst 119 Duramana Road, Eglinton

The first session of 2024 is on Sunday 11th Feb and there’s a great lineup!

Bucko’s Smoke N Meats will be set up for the afternoon with local fav @luethajakmusic providing the sweet summer sounds.

Free

100 years of Rhapsody in Blue

Malachi Gilmore Hall, Oberon 124 Oberon St, Oberon, NSW, Australia

Celebrate the centenary of George Gershwin's tuneful hit, Rhapsody In Blue, and fasten your seatbelts for a fun ride!

Composed in 1924 and controversial from the first, Rhapsody In Blue challenged notions regarding the divide between classical and popular music.  Its relatively free form flew in the face of symphonic structure; and it combined freshness and originality with an irresistible accessibility. First performed on 12 February 1924, our concert is (almost) to the day a century on!

Travel and Landscape Photography Workshop – Orange, NSW

Orange Botanic Gardens 300 Hill Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

The small group (maximum 6 people) allows you to practice your photography in a relaxed environment. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from an experienced photographer where I will share my insights and tips to help you take your photography to the next level!

$150.00
Event Series Kandos Book Group

Kandos Book Group

Kandos Library Angus Avenue, Kandos, NSW, Australia

Kandos Book Group meets on the second Monday of each month (during February-November) from 10:00am-11:00am.

The first book group meeting of the year will be on Monday 12 February.

Free
Event Series Afternoon Book Group

Afternoon Book Group

Mudgee Library 64 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Afternoon Book Group meets on the second Monday of each month (during February-November) from 2:30pm-3:30pm.

The first book group meeting of the year will be on 12 February.

Make/Do – Teen Meet-Up – Orange City Library

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

Gather in the library after school to decompress and relax.

Make/Do is a safe space for you to catch up with friends, chat about books, listen to music and hang out.

Each week you will have the opportunity to try a new activity, but if you prefer to sit and read, you can!

Event Series Phil Davidson Live

Phil Davidson Live

The Agrestic Grocer 426 Mitchell Highway, Orange, NSW, Australia

Featuring songs from 'Harvest, Neil Young', Blue Mountains singer / songwriter Phil Davidson makes no secret of the influence of Neil Young on his music. He learnt his first guitar chords from a Neil Young music book. The album was Harvest and the guitar was borrowed from his older brother.

$28.00

Inside This Box Art Prize

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

The extremely popular Group Show INSIDE THIS BOX is back for another year and this time they've turned it into a prize. 

Thanks to Rowlee Wines in Orange, there will be two prizes up for grabs: the overall winner, selected by Gallery Director Madeline Young, will receive $1000 in cash sponsored by Rowlee Wines. There will also be a People’s Choice Award with voters choosing their favourite work.

Pageturners February Daytime Book Discussion

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

Pageturners Book Club returns this month with a discussion about your Holiday Reads! Please choose a book or two you enjoyed during the Summer break, and share it with everyone.
What did you like, didn't like and would you recommend it.

Free

Nerd Night

Parkes Shire Library 25 Bogan Street, PARKES, NSW, Australia

The inaugural Nerd Night for Library Lover's Day. If you have a fantabulous knowledge or passion of something, Parkes Library would love to hear from you! Remember to book now to attend or sign up to present on 6861 2309.

Love Notes

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

Make Valentines Day extra special with a unique theatre experience at BMEC.
We will present a one-night only show of music, poetry and love letters performed by some of our local professional actors and musicians. Using material sourced from our own community (yes you can contribute!), the show will celebrate the highs and lows of falling in love, being in love and losing love. Suitable for couples and singles, this one-off event is not to be missed.

Pay what you can

Ten Minutes a Day – Orange Library

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

Ten Minutes a Day is an exciting program that you share with your child of 0-18 months. It is designed to enhance language development, develop pre-literacy skills, stimulate imagination, and make reading with your child a part of your everyday routine.

We use nursery rhymes, action songs, finger plays and stories in a fun and interactive way. We also share tips with parents on how to include these in their routines at home.

Welcome to Forbes

The Forbes Inn 43 Rankin Street, Forbes, NSW, Australia

New to Forbes? Come along to the biannual 'Welcome to Forbes' event.

You can meet Council staff, community groups and Councillors all in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Free

‘Eureka’ Official Mural Opening

Martin Lapin Lane Martin Lapin Lane, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Over the last four months, the Bathurst Community has enjoyed watching a HUGE wall in a nondescript alleyway in our CBD come to life. A beastly 40 by 8 metre wall, previously covered in the decay of an old common ivy and some tired signs, now awakened by the jaw-dropping talent of Bathurst’s own Calum Hotham.

Come along to the official opening and celebration of the mural.

Free

Author Talk: Shirley Le

Online

To conclude the Summer Book Club an author talk has been scheduled on Zoom. 

Join author Shirley Le in conversation with Sarah Ayoub, freelance journalist, author, and board member of the Australian Society of Authors for a lively conversation about the book.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask Shirley Le questions via chat at the end of the event. 

Free

Leaving Jackson

Orange Civic Theatre Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

All the hits and stories that captured the life of a legend – from the famous Walk the Line and Folsom Prison Blues to the legendary songs of the Highway Men, Leaving Jackson will perform them all.

Starring Jeff Carter Jnr and Narelle Ryan with full backing band.

Live Music on the Lawn

The Greenhouse of Orange 231-243 Anson Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Join in on the rooftop this weekend for an incredible lineup of live music! Get your weekend started with the Greenhouse return of Megan Woods on the lawn from 6:00pm Friday night! Then lead into Saturday when we welcome Madi Pincott back to the GH Lawn from 6:00pm followed by DJ Elliegant playing all the bangers from 9:00pm til late!

Head back up for an acoustic sessions we welcome back Eli Stanford live on the lawn from 12pm till 3pm. Then! Stick around for Musical Bingo every Sunday from 3PM!

The Council Collection

Coventry Room Parkes Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

The Council Collection, an exhibition showcasing the work collected by Council over the past 30 years.

 

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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