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BMEC's Achievements

BMEC is recognised nationally as a performing arts centre at the forefront of contemporary practice.

In 2005, in association with the Charles Sturt University School of Communication and Creative Industries, BMEC launched the biennial Catapult Festival. The national youth circus and physical theatre festival and a meeting point between youth and adult professional practice. The festival ran until 2020 changing the lives of thousands of participants.

In 2007, with support from Bathurst Regional Council, the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and Create NSW, BMEC launched the Local Stages program which supports the development of local performing arts practice.

In 2008 BMEC was the winner of the inaugural Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (now Performing Arts Connections Australia) Drover Award for Best Presenting Venue. This award was voted on by touring companies and tour coordinators. BMEC has been a finalist on two successive occasions.

In 2010 BMEC was the first regional presenter to receive Presenting Partners triennial funding from the Australia Council for Local Stages.

2010 Establishment of the annual Inland Sea of Sound festival

2010 Creation of the BMEC Aboriginal Performing Arts Program which includes a key Welcome Performance at the Inland Sea of Sound

2010 Establishment of the Creative Learning Project targeting 4 – 8 year old's in the region and partnered by Patch Theatre Company, Adelaide

2013 Establishment of LEAP, the Local Emerging Artists Program for musicians aged 14 - 24.

In 2013 & 2018 Local Stages was cited as an example of industry best practice in the PACA and Australia Council PowerPAC initiative

2016 Establishment of the Annual Bathurst Writer's & Reader's Festival

BMEC reflects and celebrates the artistic vibrancy of the Bathurst Region which continues to set an example of what can be achieved in a regional Australian setting.