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Past Events

Saturday 18 February 2023

Pirates of Penzance

Scots All Saints College Senior Musical

The Pirates of Penzance - is an amusing comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan which was first performed in 1879.

23 - 25 February 2023

Inland Sea of Sound

This year the festival precinct will include ticketed concerts in the TAFE / Fossil Museum carpark and the Festival Club at BMEC (accessed from Courthouse Lane).

Sunday 5 March 2023

Met Opera: The Hours

Soprano Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in the world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts’s The Hours, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel.

Friday 24 March 2023

Echoes of Pink Floyd

Known for their incredible attention to detail, the band recreates a genuine Pink Floyd concert experience live on stage, in all its majesty and complexity.

Saturday 25 March 2023

Fast Cars

Word on the street is Brocky-loving battlers, the Byrnes of Barb’s Burgers, are going bankrupt!

Saturday 1 April 2023

On by Circa

After the smash-hits of Humans 2.0, Carnival of the Animals and Peepshow, Brisbane’s globally renowned Circa returns with their newest creation On by Circa.

Sunday 2 April 2023 National Theatre Live

NT Live: The Crucible

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma).

Thursday 6 April 2023

The Alphabet of Awesome Science

Join professors Lexi Con and Noel Edge (the Word Nerd and the Science Freak) for a thrilling voyage through the alphabet — where sesquipedalian words inspire mind-blowing scientific surprises!

Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 April 2023

Songmakers Songwriting Workshop

Want to develop your music career? This free, 2-day workshop for creatives aged 16 - 21 in songwriting and production workshop is for you. Collaborate with some of Australia's most exciting hit makers to write and record new songs including Abby Smith, Kota Banks and Tim Commandeur. 

Saturday 22 April 2023

Creedence Clearwater Collective

We invite you to join us for a celebration of Creedence Clearwater Revival, as we walk-through the life and music of one of the world’s most iconic bands – from the songs they wrote, to the songs covered, to the songs they wrote for others.

Sunday 23 April 2023 National Theatre Live

NT Live: Life of Pi

Puppetry, magic and storytelling combine in a unique, Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of the best-selling novel.

Sunday 30 April 2023

The Wiggles in Concert

Following the runaway success of last year winning the converted ARIA for ‘Best Live Act’ The Wiggles are bringing their all singing, all dancing stage show hit to a venue near you!

Friday 12 May 2023

Iconic Australian Princesses of Pop

In a masterful performance, Australian singer and actress Nikki Bennett takes us on a journey through the lives, loves and greatest hits of Australia’s First Three Truly International Superstars.

Sunday 14 May 2023 National Theatre Live

NT Live: Othello

An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance).

Wednesday 17 May 2023

Euphoria

Loveable characters come to life in the heart-warming story of Euphoria. The tale of good days, bad days and everything in between catapults us right into the heart of this little town where everyone knows everyone.

Friday 19 May 2023

The Beatles 50 Years On

Recreating The Magic Of The Beatles & Beatlemania including The Timeless Hits Of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Ringo Starr!

Thursday 25 May 2023

Jane Harper: Exiles

SOLD OUT! Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jane Harper discusses Exiles, the thrilling and likely final instalment of novels following investigator Aaron Falk, with Michaela Kalowski. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Thursday 25 May 2023

Richard Fidler: The Book of Roads & Kingdoms

SOLD OUT! Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Much-loved radio host and author Richard Fidler delves into The Book of Roads & Kingdoms, his account of medieval wanderers during Islam’s Golden Age. He is joined by Caroline Baum. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Thursday 25 May 2023

Geraldine Brooks: Horse

SOLD OUT! Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Pulitzer Prize–winning author and journalist Geraldine Brooks sheds light on her best-selling novel, Horse, a sweeping historical saga of spirit, obsession and racial injustice, in conversation with Nicole Abadee. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Thursday 25 May 2023

George Monbiot: Regenesis

SOLD OUT! Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Bestselling British author and activist George Monbiot shares insight into Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, his hopeful account of how we might rethink our faltering food system, live via video in conversation with Rebecca Huntley. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Thursday 25 May 2023

Richard Fidler & Peter Frankopan

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Beloved radio presenter Richard Fidler (The Book of Roads & Kingdoms) and bestselling author and Oxford professor Peter Frankopan (The Earth Transformed) discuss their richly rendered works of historical non-fiction with interviewer Clare Wright. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Thursday 25 May 2023

Queerstories

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Vulnerable and fierce, heartbreaking and hilarious, Queerstories invites five LGBTQIA+ writers to share a little piece of themselves: the tale they want to tell but are never asked to. Hosted by Maeve Marsden, with Sophie Cunningham, Shane Jenek aka Courtney Act, Daniel Lavery, Joshua Whitehead, and Leanne Yong, Queerstories celebrates the culture and creativity of the queer community, one true story at a time. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Friday 26 May 2023

Secondary Schools Creative Writing Workshop

SOLD OUT! Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: An incredible full day provides access to some of the best Australian Young Adult authors for potential young authors of the future. Suitable for students in years 10, 11 and 12, these workshops are not HSC or curriculum based but focused on the creative writing process with ample opportunity for students to write during the workshops. An exclusive live event for Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Friday 26 May 2023

Bringing the Past to Life

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Celebrated historical novelists Geraldine Brooks and Pip Williams and newcomer Sally Colin-James share their insights into drawing from the past to understand the present and the future, in a panel event hosted by ABC RN’s Kate Evans. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Friday 26 May 2023

Eleanor Catton: Birnam Wood

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: The Booker Prize–winning author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton, discusses her keenly anticipated thriller Birnam Wood with Beejay Silcox. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Friday 26 May 2023

Michael Kirby & Bo Seo

SOLD OUT! Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Two-time world debating champion and Good Arguments author Bo Seo and former High Court justice Michael Kirby examine how to better listen and disagree with each other in an era of divisive public debate. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Friday 26 May 2023

Colson Whitehead: Harlem Shuffle

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Colson Whitehead discusses his acclaimed novel Harlem Shuffle and its forthcoming follow-up, Crook Manifesto, with interviewer Michael Williams. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Saturday 27 May 2023

A Life in Food: Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Culinary icons Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer reflect on their decades-long friendship and decorated careers, which have transformed how Australians think about food, with interviewer Adam Liaw. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Saturday 27 May 2023

Tanya Hennessy: Spotlight Please, It’s Stevie Louise

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Join comedian, author and social media star Tanya Hennessy for a Q&A about her children’s middle grade fiction series Stevie Louise. Hear Tanya discuss all things junior fiction, writing and inspiration for her main character Stevie Louise Mason. An exclusive live event for Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Saturday 27 May 2023

Crime and Justice

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Helen Garner and Hedley Thomas discuss their approaches to writing about crime and how they grapple with questions of justice, in conversation with Sarah Krasnostein. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Saturday 27 May 2023

Mat McLachlan: In Conversation – The Cowra Breakout

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: The Cowra Breakout is a riveting read that brings to life the missing piece of Australia’s World War Two history- the story of the only battle of that war to be fought on Australian soil, told by bestselling historian Mat McLachlan. Mat will be In Conversation with Ex-serviceman and history buff Brett Kenworthy. An exclusive live event for Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Saturday 27 May 2023

Great Adaptations

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Bestselling authors Eleanor Catton, Holly Ringland and Tom Rob Smith share the ins and outs of bringing work from the page to the screen, in conversation with Benjamin Law. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Saturday 27 May 2023

Am I Doing This Right? Tanya Hennessy on Multimedia Success

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Comedian, radio announcer and social media sensation Tanya Hennessy will sit down with local radio host Jac Underwood to talk all things writing and multimedia. As the best-selling author of three books, award winning radio announcer and award nominated comedian, Tanya’s success sees her in excess of 2.3 million social media followers. With a degree in Theatre Media from CSU Bathurst, hear Tanya discuss her writing and the inspiration behind her work. An exclusive live event for Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Saturday 27 May 2023

Pip Williams: The Bookbinder of Jericho

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Author of bestselling The Dictionary of Lost Words Pip Williams introduces her sweeping new novel, The Bookbinder of Jericho, in conversation with Cassie McCullagh. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Saturday 27 May 2023

Great Books You Might Have Missed

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: So many books, so little time! Enjoy a panel discussion with Jen Barry and Lisa Holloway about some of the great books you may have missed in the last year and some to look forward to later this year. A great session to take notes and plan your future reading. An exclusive live event for Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Saturday 27 May 2023

State of the Art

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Eleanor Catton, Richard Flanagan, Tracey Lien and Colson Whitehead discuss the state of the novel today and the future of fiction, in conversation with ABC RN’s Kate Evans. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Saturday 27 May 2023

Real Selves

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Chloé Hayden, Sasha Kutabah Sarago and Grace Tame talk about breaking down barriers to allow women and girls to show their real selves in conversation with Hannah Diviney. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Sunday 28 May 2023

Great Festival Read

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Readers are invited to read the book prior to the Festival and participate in the Great Festival Read session at BMEC to hear a panel discussion and author talk. An exclusive live event for Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Sunday 28 May 2023

Fifty Shades of Teal

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: MP Helen Haines, Simon Holmes à Court and Margot Saville examine the ascension of independent candidates and how they might shape our politics, in conversation with Barrie Cassidy. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Sunday 28 May 2023

Writing Characters for the Stage and Screen – Workshop with Kate Smith

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: For Kate Smith writing characters for stage and/or screen is a playful nuanced and embodied process. Using generative writing techniques this two-hour workshop will encourage you to draw on multiple sources of inspiration to generate character. An exclusive live event for Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Sunday 28 May 2023

Reckoning, Not Reconciliation

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: With the campaign for a First Nations Voice to Parliament in full swing, leading First Nations thinkers Stan Grant and Teela Reid ask whether we are entering a new era for Australian democracy. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Sunday 28 May 2023

Afternoon Delight with Sophie Hansen and Annie Herron

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: Enjoy an afternoon demonstration of cooking and drawing with daughter/mother team Sophie Hansen and Annie Herron, authors of Around the Kitchen Table. Listen to Sophie chatting about writing cookbooks and enjoy tasting some sweet treats and doing simple and fun drawing exercises with Annie. An exclusive live event for Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Sunday 28 May 2023

The Voice to Parliament: All the Detail You Need

Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival: What will a Voice to Parliament actually mean? Indigenous leader Thomas Mayo and legendary journalist Kerry O’Brien have worked together to write an accessible and engaging guide to this question. Whether you want to understand more about the Voice or would like some clear answers to share in conversations with others, this is a great opportunity to join an inspiring discussion of what our shared future can be. A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event.

Sunday 4 June 2023

The Sound of Music

Carillon Theatrical Society's major 2023 production. Bringing together a group of local talent and experienced creative team to create this all-time favourite musical.

Thursday 8 June 2023

Country Pride

Join us for a fabulous evening of everything that makes the LGBTQI+ country proud with an open mic night. Anything goes with a line-up of drag, comedy, music, storytelling, poetry and everything in between (or not)!

Wednesday 14 June 2023

Western NSW Dance Festival 2023

The Western NSW Dance Festival is an event for public schools across Western NSW that promotes Dance in education showcasing students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Friday 16 June 2023

Celtic Illusion – The Magic Returns

Immerse yourself in one of the most unique productions touring the world. Celtic Illusion, the Irish dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA by storm and will tour nationwide in 2023.

Sunday 25 June 2023 National Theatre Live

NT Live: Best of Enemies

David Harewood (Homeland) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) play feuding political rivals in James Graham’s (Sherwood) multiple award-winning new drama.

Friday 7 July 2023

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody

Following a hugely successful 2021/2022 sell-out tours, Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody are returning with a Brand New show in 2023 combining Queens ‘Greatest Hits’ and a few of the most popular songs on their albums.

Saturday 8 July 2023

Teeny Tiny Stevies – How to be Creative Tour

Performing a mix of fan favourites and brand-new material from their new album, ARIA Award Winning Children’s Artist, Teeny Tiny Stevies will be leaving no stone un-unturned. How to be Creative is a ten-song masterclass in embracing the creative urge, overcoming self-doubt, trying new things, learning from mistakes, working with others, and the superpower that is perseverance.

Sunday 9 July 2023

Wash My Soul In the River’s Flow

Wash My Soul in the River’s Flow is a cinematic reinvention of a legendary concert that premiered in 2004. Kura Tungar — Songs from the River was a collaboration between First Nations singer-songwriters Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter working with Paul Grabowsky and the 22-piece Australian Art Orchestra.

Wednesday 12 July 2023

Acting for the Stage

Join Co-Artistic Director of Arbour Theatre Company, Ruby Conolan Barrett, learning the essential skills required to act professionally for the stage. A range of acting styles, monologue techniques and focused partner work will be explored. With acting training from the UK, this is one not to miss.

Wednesday 12 July 2023

Character Development

Learn how to fully embody a range of characters and dig deep on what makes characters compelling with Co-Artistic Director of Arbour Theatre Company, Ruby Conolan Barrett. You will analyse scripts, experiment with acting styles and create convincing characters during this workshop.

Thursday 13 July 2023

Elements of Technical Production

In theatre various production elements are used to create the world of the play. In the workshop you will look at ‘how to’ do sound, lighting and audio visual.

Thursday 13 July 2023

Elements of Production Design

In the workshop you will examine the relationship between Director and Designer and how using various elements assist in creating ‘the word’ of the play. You will look at both stage and lighting design.

Friday 14 July 2023

Stage Management

If you want to know more about stage, production or event management come along and spend some time in this class. Kylie will cover; what does the stage and production manager do? an introduction!

Friday 14 July 2023

Directing for the Stage

During the workshop you will work as both actors and directors – looking at a short scene and the different methods directors may use to help an actor ‘get into’ and discover the character.

Saturday 15 July 2023

After Dark

Join us after dark for a celebration of winter through song and words. An evening sharing some of Bathurst's finest performance talents with an appreciative audience while enjoying a mulled wine in the warm and embracing Wattle Foyer at BMEC.

Wednesday 19 July 2023

Common Time

Newly commissioned works for percussion, percussion and percussion by Greg Sheehan, Sandy Evans, Lee McIver, Gai Bryant, Ed Goyer and Ryuji Hamada.

Friday 21 July 2023

Scots All Saints College 2023 Music Showcase

Showcase is a K-12 display of all things music at the College; choirs, ensembles, pipes and drums and so much more. Over 300 students will perform for you in over 20 ensembles including an all-in finale!

Thursday 27 July 2023

Romeo & Juliet

Sport for Jove’s furiously energetic new production of Romeo and Juliet dazzled and moved thousands of students in 2022, characterised by a true vision of today’s youth.

Saturday 29 July 2023 BMEC presents Karul Projects

Silence

Silence is about the space in between. The conversations not being heard and the responses that are muted. Through the beating of a drum, bodies thrash through frequencies to uncover what lies in the SILENCE.

Monday 31 July 2023 National Theatre Live

NT Live: Good

David Tennant (Doctor Who) makes a much-anticipated return to the West End in a blistering reimagining of one of Britain’s most powerful, political plays.

Friday 4 August 2023 BMEC in association with Ilse de Ziah & Lightcurve Films present

Living the Tradition

Film & Live Performance

Join us for an evening of film and live music. Living the Tradition is the journey of cello player and composer Ilse de Ziah around Ireland in a search for undiscovered secrets of ten Irish Airs. The hour-long film is followed by a Q&A and Ilse in live performance. She will be joined by internationally renowned acoustic guitar virtuoso, Ian Date.

Saturday 5 August 2023 BMEC Presents HIT Productions

The Sunshine Club

The Sunshine Club is a gloriously energetic, thought provoking and above all entertaining night of theatre. Set in 1946, the joyful and acclaimed musical tells the story of Aboriginal soldier Frank Doyle, who is just returning home to Brisbane after serving in WW2, to find that, while the world may have changed, the same attitudes and prejudices still exist at home.

Wednesday 9 August 2023 Bathurst Public School Concert

100 Years of Disney

Bathurst Public School Concert - '100 Years of Disney' performed by all K-6 children and staff

Saturday 12 August 2023 The Australian Ballet

Class on Tour

Get a unique behind the scenes experience and watch the dancers train as they take class, accompanied with commentary by The Australian Ballet artistic staff.

Saturday 12 August 2023

The Australian Ballet On Tour

The Sleeping Beauty Act III and Other Works

The Australian Ballet is going On Tour with a spectacular 'greatest-hits' gala program featuring classical favourites, signature works and contemporary innovation.

Saturday 12 August 2023 The Australian Ballet

Youth Masterclass

Join us for a special class taught onstage during The Australian Ballet On Tour.

Tuesday 15 August 2023 A Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival Special Event

Tracy Sorensen Book Launch

From the author of The Lucky Galah comes an inventive and playful exploration of very human stories from non-human perspectives. Join us for the launch of Tracy's new book, The Vitals. A special fundraising event for Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival.

Wednesday 16 August 2023 BMEC Presents

Australian Haydn Ensemble 2023

AHE continues its ambitious and fascinating exploration of historical “parlour” arrangements of Beethoven’s works performed on period instruments.

Monday 11 September 2023 Blayney Public School presents

School Concert 2023

Each class of Blayney Public School will present a musical routine based around our theme of musicals. 

Thursday 14 September 2023 Dellacoma Rio Presents

The Australian Inxs Show

Fronted by the incredible Dellacoma Rio, whose uncanny portrayal of Michael Hutchence has captivated audiences worldwide, this authentic 6 piece band will take you on a journey through all the classic INXS hits that have made them a household name for decades.

Sunday 17 September 2023

Met Opera: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)

One of opera’s most beloved works receives its first new Met staging in 19 years—a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.”

Thursday 21 September 2023

Theo Barker Lecture

Presented by Bathurst Regional Council

The Tenth Theo Barker Memorial Lecture - presented by Christine Yeats, Archivist, Historical Researcher and former President of the Royal Australian Historical Society

Saturday 23 September 2023

Marcia Hines

Australia’s beloved musical treasure, with a career spanning five amazing decades, has announced that she will spend the second half of 2023 touring the regional cities and towns of Australia.

Monday 25 September 2023 Guy Noble Presents

Teddy Tahu Rhodes & Guy Noble

Internationally acclaimed baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes and pianist and raconteur Guy Noble come to the BMEC for a one-afternoon only concert of your favourite operatic and musical theatre songs.

Thursday 28 September 2023 BMEC presents

Children Are Stinky

Circus Trick Tease

Packed with lots of fun, lighting fast Hula Hooping, dare devil balances, astounding strength, incredible acrobatics and loads of comedy, Children are Stinky will leave both adults and kids with their jaws on the floor wanting to see more.

Friday 29 September 2023

Soweto Gospel Choir – Hope

Hope is an all-new concert by 3-time Grammy®-winning Soweto Gospel Choir - celebrating songs and anthems from the Freedom movement of Nelson Mandela’s South Africa, back to the Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King’s 1950's America.

Saturday 30 September 2023 Australian Youth Orchestra presents

AYO Young Symphonists in Concert

Join the AYO Young Symphonists for a vibrant program of orchestral music led by Simon Hewett. The orchestra will breathe life into Australian composer Sam Dickenson’s Across the Years, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and Rachmaninov’s passionate and captivating Symphony No.2.

Thursday 5 October 2023

Spellbound – A Night of Magic & Grand Illusion

Presented by Base Entertainment

Get ready for a spectacular night of magic and grand illusion with one of Australia’s leading illusionists, Anthony Street. The star and producer of the stage phenomenon Celtic Illusion will be touring his grand illusion show these October school holidays. 

Wednesday 11 October 2023 BMEC Presents

Personal

By Jodee Mundy

It wasn’t until Jodee Mundy was five years old and lost at Kmart that she realised the rest of her family was Deaf. Told using a captivating blend of performance, storytelling, multimedia and animation, Personal is a smart, touching and often humorous exploration of growing up ‘coda’ - a child of Deaf parents.

Saturday 14 October 2023

A Little Life

Starring James Norton

A Little Life follows four college friends in New York City. As ambition, addiction, and pride threaten to pull the group apart, they always find themselves bound by their love for Jude and the mysteries of his past. But when those secrets come to light, they finally learn to know Jude St Francis is to understand the limitless potential of love in the face of life.

Sunday 15 October 2023 BME Presents

The Phantom of the Opera & All the Classics

Starring Mark Vincent With Very Special Guest Opera Australia’s Julie Lea Goodwin

Australia’s most successful tenor and internationally acclaimed sensation Mark Vincent will be touring his brand-new show, an international tribute to Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

Saturday 21 - Tuesday 24 October 2023 Carillon Junior Theatrical Society presents

Disney’s Aladdin Kids & Singin’ in the Rain Jr

The students of CJTS treat you this year to a double bill of fabulous shows! With over 100 students on stage in 2023, the Juniors will bring you the magic of Disney's Aladdin Kids, while the Seniors will have you singing along and tapping your toes to the iconic Singin' in the Rain Jr!

Friday 27 October 2023 Focal Point Australia presents

The Roy Orbison Story

Experience the wonder of Roy Orbison in this brilliant portrayal of the man, his music, his voice and his life. Mark Shelley is simply brilliant in his characterisation of Roy. Not only does he have the vocal range and tone to honour his songs, he also has the sensitivity and artistic ability to ‘be’ Roy.

Saturday 28 October 2023

Jason Owen Hits from Home

Bursting onto the Australian Music Scene in 2012 as a runner-up of the X-Factor, Jason Owen, is one of Australia's most popular young country music artists.

Sunday 29 October 2023 BME Presents

CANCELLED – Peter Powers International Comedy Hypnotist

Direct from the UK

Peter Powers the world’s funniest hypnotist is Back in Australia! Whilst his volunteers live out their wildest fantasies or experience their worst fears, the audience is thoroughly entertained as they indulge themselves in this bittersweet adventure! If you’re out to have a great time, you won’t leave a Peter Powers’ show disappointed! 

Monday 30 October 2023 Royal Czech Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty

Following their 2022 acclaimed performances of Swan Lake, the Royal Czech Ballet return to Australia with their presentation of the classic masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty. Featuring international soloists Natalia Kusch and Nikolay Nazarkevich.

Saturday 4 November 2023 BME Presents 60th Anniversary

CANCELLED – Dusty Springfield
in Concert

Starring Sheena Crouch

This brand-new production showcases Dusty's biggest hits and a few rarities with a live 8-piece band. Songs like - I Only Want To Be With You, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, Son Of A Preacher Man, Little By Little, Wishin’ & Hopin’, Look Of Love, Stay Awhile to name a few.

Thursday 9 - Friday 10 November 2023 BMEC Presents

Possum Magic

A Monkey Baa Theatre Company production

The magical stage adaptation of the beloved Australian story is back to celebrate its 40th birthday!

Saturday 11 November 2023 BMEC Local Stages presents

Regional Songwriting Contest 2023

Join us as we unearth new and exciting talent from the Central West. Emerging songwriters are backed by a band of professional musicians from the region and compete for great prizes. This annual event is a highlight for showcasing the incredible local talent. Pay what you can and enjoy a fabulous night of live entertainment.

Saturday 18 November 2023 BME Presents

FOREVER DIAMOND

Starring Peter Byrne

Come and hear all the great hits such as – Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue, I am I Said, Cherry Cherry, Beautiful Noise, Cracklin Rosie, Crunchy Cranola Suite, Holly Holy, Solitary Man and many, many more performed by the superb talents of internationally renowned Peter Byrne and his award-winning international production.

Saturday 25 November 2023 Pure Imagination Performing Arts presents

Reign
Music Royalty – Junior Show

Pure Imagination Performing Arts presents REIGN - Music Royalty. Known for our entertaining end-of-year concerts, this year is no different in showcasing PIPA’s Junior students.

Saturday 25 November 2023 Pure Imagination Performing Arts presents

Reign
Music Royalty – Senior Show

Pure Imagination Performing Arts presents REIGN - Music Royalty. Known for our entertaining end-of-year concerts, this year is no different in showcasing PIPA’s Senior students.

Monday 27 November 2023 BMEC presents

2024
Launch Event

Join us as we launch our programs for 2024 - a year that promises to entertain Bathurst and everyone who lives and visits here. 

Wednesday 29 November 2023 BMEC and Lingua Franca present

Triceratop

Created by Adam Deusien

Meet our hero. He’s the last Dinosaur EVER to live. The planet is doomed - and he’s never fallen in love! Using cabaret, storytelling, performance lecture, sci-fi and camp, this rambunctious romp tells the story of the last days of the doomed Cretaceous Civilization in a wild re-imagining of pre-history.

Saturday 2 December 2023 Em Dance presents

Sing – the Musical

Juniors

Get ready for a spectacular morning of amazing performances by EmDance Studio, Blayney. This jam-packed show is filled with fun and lots of talent. Our Junior students proudly presenting - SING THE MUSICAL!

Saturday 2 December 2023 Em Dance presents

The Magical World of Barbie

Seniors

Get ready for a spectacular morning of amazing performances by EmDance Studio, Blayney. This jam-packed show is filled with fun and lots of talent. Our Senior Students proudly presenting - THE MAGICAL WORLD OF BARBIE. Bring the whole family and come and enjoy our showcase we have in store for you - You wont be disappointed!

Tuesday 5 December 2023 The Anti-Experts present

The War on 2023

Annual Comedy Gala

A satirical wrap of the year’s headlines from some of Australia’s top satirists. Join Mark Humphries (ABC’s 7:30), Charles Firth (The Chaser), James Schloeffel (The Shovel), and musical comedy genius Gabbi Bolt (“Best Newcomer” - Sydney Comedy Festival) as they dissect the best and worst bits of 2023, live on stage.

Saturday 9 December 2023 Bathurst Academy of Dance presents

Oh! The Places
You’ll Go

Come along to see our 2-5 year old students present Oh!, The Places You'll Go!. These students have been practicing hard all year. So grab a ticket and come along to watch and support them doing what they love!

Saturday 9 December 2023 Bathurst Academy of Dance presents

25 of the Best!

Come along to see our 6 years + students present 25 of the Best. These students have been practicing hard all year. So grab a ticket and come along to watch and support them doing what they love.

Sunday 10 December 2023 Promenade Dance School presents

Ready Set Rainbow

End of Year Concert 2023

Join Promenade Dance School’s pre-schoolers on a vibrant and magical journey as they paint the stage with the colours of the rainbow. Immerse yourself in a world of colour as we explore the wonders of pink gogo flamingos, green princess pineapples, blue disco dreams, yellow banana smoothies and so much more in this visual spectacular.

Sunday 10 December 2023 Promenade Dance School

Just Keep Swimming

End of Year Concert 2023

Let the students of Promenade Dance School take you on an underwater adventure with Melwin as he searches for his son Remo, who has been captured by divers. With the help of a forgetful fish named Dorli, they brave the ocean’s dangers to be reunited with Remo, discovering power of love and friendship along the way.

Thursday 14 December 2023 A Cracker Kransky Christmas

The Kransky Sisters

A Crock Pot of Cracker Hits

Time to pack your mince pies and Christmas spirits…The Kransky Sisters are bringing the party to town! Travelling down in the trusty Morris from their hometown of Esk, the musical sisters are eager to share their unravelling stories along with home spun renditions of popular songs deftly banged out on a wondrously odd-ball menagerie of instruments.

Sunday 17 December 2023 MET Opera

X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X

Anthony Davis’s groundbreaking and influential opera based on the life of the civil rights leader Malcolm X. A potent new staging that imagines Malcolm as an Everyman whose story transcends time and space. An exceptional cast of breakout artists and young Met stars enliven the operatic retelling of the civil rights leader’s life. Captured live in New York and screen at BMEC as part of our Live Performance on Screen program.

Friday 19 January - Saturday 20 January Bathurst Sea of Sound

Homebrew at Reckless

at Reckless Brewing Co

Join us as we celebrate the local sounds from across the Central West with Homebrew at Reckless Brewing. Kick back with a drink from Bathurst’s own local brewery, Reckless Brewing Co, while listening to some of the local talent including Eli Stanford, Kent Eastwood and Andy Nelson.

Saturday 20 January 2024 Bathurst Sea of Sound

Harp Circle

In Kings Parade

Grab a take-away coffee from your favourite barista, head over to Kings Parade and spend a little time listening to the sounds of Harps drifting through the town. An installation rather than a concert, 10 local harp students play together a range of well-known and lesser-known harp music.

Saturday 20 January 2024 Merrigong Theatre Company, BMEC and The Disability Trust present

Performance Workshop

with The Strangeways Ensemble

The Strangeways Ensemble is Merrigong’s permanent company of professional actors with a disability, and Wollongong’s only professional theatre ensemble. Over two weekends in January and April 2024 ensemble members are coming to Bathurst with guest artists to run fun, original workshops in performance for young people aged 12-24 with a disability!

Saturday 20 January, 2024 Bathurst Sea of Sound

The Lawnmower

The Sounds of Summer

For 20 minutes (the average time it takes to mow a lawn) we encourage everyone across the Bathurst regional with a lawn and a mower to start it up and mow. We want to create a sea of sound, a sound of summer everyone knows - the rasp of lawnmowers!

Saturday 20 January 2024 Bathurst Sea of Sound

Where Song Began

Sounds of the World

Performed more than 100 times in sold out halls across Australia and internationally, Where Song Began is a celebration of songbirds. The program includes music spanning 300 years, from Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and J.S. Bach to Arvo Pärt and new commissions, enhanced by a film of evocative visual projections and an immersive soundscape.

Saturday 20 January 2024 Bathurst Sea of Sound

Eishan Ensemble

Sounds of the World

Eishan Ensemble are an Australian world/jazz band. Led by acclaimed Persian-Australian tar player and composer, Hamed Sadeghi, the ARIA nominated ensemble draws on contemporary and classical music traditions of both east and west. Eishan’s repertoire consists predominantly of Sadeghi’s original compositions with diverse improvisatory idioms featured powerfully. Variously described as Persian Chamber Jazz and Middle Eastern Jazz fusion, Eishan defies neat labels.

Saturday 20 January 2024 Bathurst Sea of Sound

Larissa Burak

Sounds of the World

Larissa Burak’s exceptional soprano voice, combined with the gentle sounds of the traditional Ukrainian national instrument the bandura (similar to a lute), has thrilled audiences as geographically distant as her native Ukraine, Western Europe and around Australia. Through song and music, Larissa will bring the sprit of a nation to the people of Bathurst for the first time through the tradition folk music of Ukraine.

Sunday 21 January 2024 Bathurst Sea of Sound

Sunrise at Wahluu

We invite you to join us for a very special performance on top of Wahluu with the sounds of two Swiss Alphorns sending out a sea of sound to the town below. Joining them will be a choir of enthusiastic locals under the direction of well-known musicians Smith & Jones. Featuring new commissioned work and a choral arrangement of Dolly Parton’s The Light of a Clear Blue Morning, we welcome the sunrise for the final day of our festival.

Sunday 21 January 2024 BATHURST SEA OF SOUND

Residual

SOUNDS OF THE WORLD

Our Sounds of the World concert series kicks off on Sunday with a fascinating collaboration between two music traditions with two musicians, Peter Knight on trumpet, electronics and voice, and Dung Nguyen on dan tranh, dan bau, and moon lute.    For Residual the pair develop unique approaches to combining Vietnamese and Western music elements in a contemporary setting employing innovative extended techniques applied to traditional Vietnamese instruments and trumpet along with spontaneous electro-acoustic composition. 

Sunday 21 January 2024 Bathurst Sea of Sound

Gardens of Stone

Sounds of the World

Composer and pianist Amanda Handel is joined by Michael Jackson on didjeridus and didjeribone for a contemporary classical program conjuring landscapes and other natural features of the Blue Mountains. Rich musical sonorities evoke the diversity of colour and texture found in the Gardens of Stone National Park. The multi-sectional structure and forward momentum of the music take the listener on a journey through this unique landscape of pagoda shaped rock forms. The music conjures the majestic views and the intricate details on the rock surfaces.

Sunday 21 January 2024 Bathurst Sea of Sound

Daniel Champagne

Sounds of the World

Daniel Champagne is now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for dropping jaws, making crowds buzz and breaking guitars wherever he goes around the world.

Saturday 27 January 2024 BMEC presents

Tim Handsome: Nearly Naked

Tim Handsome (aka Tim Hansen) is a charming shit-stirrer with a heart of gold and a butt you could bounce coins off. He’ll tell some jokes, sing some tunes, and show some skin, because who doesn’t like checking out a handsome man in a cape and hot pants? Nearly Naked is all-original comedy songs written and performed by Tim.

Sunday 28 January 2024 Art on Screen

BORROMINI AND BERNINI

The Challenge for Perfection

A visual journey through the great beauty of Rome and the amazing Baroque era.

Tuesday 6 February 2024 Premier Artists presents

Cosentino – Decennium the Greatest Hits Tour

Australia’s world-renowned entertainer and International Magician of the Year, Cosentino, is returning to perform his brand new, 90 minute live show ‘Decennium'. This greatest hits production will be one of the must see shows of 2024!

Thursday 8 February 2024 Amber Joy Poulton presents

Coal Miners Daughter

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.

Sunday 11 February 2024 Live Performance On Screen

NT Live: Dear England

a new play by James Graham

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays Gareth Southgate in James Graham’s (Sherwood) gripping examination of nation and game. Filmed live on stage at the National Theatre, Rupert Goold (Judy) directs this spectacular new play.

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Love Notes

A Special Event for Valentine's Day

Sadly, we have been forced to cancel this event due to poor ticket sales. Ticket holders will be contacted by Box Office to arrange a refund.

Friday 16 February 2024 Outlawed Touring Presents

Leaving Jackson

The Johnny Cash and June Carter Show

After performing sold out shows throughout Australia and New Zealand, Leaving Jackson returns with a bigger show than ever. 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.

Monday 19 - Wednesday 21 February 2024 Supercars presents

Fast Cars

by Kate Smith

The sold-out smash-hit of 2023 returns in 2024 as part of Superfest. Think Schitts Creek, Upper Middle Bogan and The Castle all rolled into one! A riotous romp about winners and losers; lovers and fighters and what happens when the will to win spins us out of control and away from the ones we love!

Thursday 29 February 2024 alist.com.au presents

Nurse Georgie Carroll: Sista Flo 2.0

As seen on Britain’s Got Talent 2023, Comedian/ registered nurse Georgie Carroll has seen it all (literally). You'll laugh, you'll gasp, you'll cry, it might even hurt, but this award-winning stand-up will make you better.

Friday 1 March 2024 A Contemporary Asian Australian Performance production

Lost in Shanghai

Written by Jane Hutcheon

Throughout her adventurous journalism career, one story has intrigued Jane Hutcheon more than any other: the story of her mother Beatrice’s turbulent childhood in pre-Communist Shanghai. It’s the tale of an ordinary Eurasian family in extraordinary times, set against a backdrop of fading colonial opulence and looming war.

Saturday 2 March 2024 Lonely Lands Agency presents

Dan Sultan

With Special Guests

Off the back of winning the ARIA for Best Adult Contemporary Album, Dan Sultan will perform in a very special trio format with Zeppelin Hamilton (Velvet Trip) and Jack Moffit (The Preatures) from his band. In his show at BMEC, he’ll be performing songs from his newest album, Dan Sultan, as well as favourites from his impressive back catalogue.

Sunday 3 March 2024 Live Performance on Screen

MET Opera:
Carmen

Bizet

The fiery depiction of a woman who craves love but stirs obsession and jealousy along the way is one of the most popular operas of all the time. Carmen attracts opera lovers and newcomers alike for familiar, sweeping melodies that are as irresistible as the title character herself, who has also become a defining female cultural figure.

Friday 8 March 2024

The Vagina Monologues

A Special Event for International Women's Day

A play that has changed thousands of lives, with humour and grace The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female strength and sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Performed by local actors, this special event for International Women's Day will raise funds for Bathurst Women and Children’s Refuge.

Friday 8 March 2024 Queen on the Green presents

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Direct from sell-out theatres, Australia’s longest running Queen tribute since 1993, Bohemian Rhapsody starring Thomas Crane presents the all-new 2024 “Made In Heaven” tour.

Sunday 10 March 2024 Art on Screen

Jeff Koons

An Intimate Portrait

Jeff Koons is considered to be one of the most influential, popular and controversial artists in recent decades. Now an intimate portrait of this polarizing character comes to cinemas thanks to Jeff Koons. An Intimate Portrait by Pappi Corsicato, which chronicles the hidden dynamics behind the person, the artist and the Koons brand.

Wednesday 13 March 2024 Pace Live presents

A Taste of Ireland

The Irish Music & Dance Sensation

Hot off its sold out 2023 UK Tour, A Taste of Ireland―The Irish Music & Dance Sensation returns with a performance that is Celtic―for this decade. Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands.

Sunday 17 March 2024 Live Performance on Screen

NT Live: Vanya

Andrew Scott (Fleabag) brings multiple characters to life in Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) radical new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Hopes, dreams, and regrets are thrust into sharp focus in this one-man adaptation which explores the complexities of human emotions. 

Tuesday 19 March 2024 Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub

Awkward

A Seniors Festival 2024 event

Experience the wit and wisdom of the socially awkward. Tongue tied at meeting strangers? Was your last party over before the late news starts? A dance show for anyone that has ever felt like the odd one out, Awkward celebrates finding connection through the cringeworthy and will have you gearing-up for that next get-together!

Friday 22 March 2024

Running in the Shadows of Fleetwood Mac

Running in the Shadows is the most authentic tribute to Fleetwood Mac, audience members who have seen the show in the past have found it hard to believe they were not experiencing the real deal on stage.

Saturday 23 March 2024 A special event for Harmony Week

Singing For Harmony

A workshop sharing culture through song

Led by Mara and Llew Kiek, the two days will conclude with a small showcase of the music learnt over the weekend. This showcase will be free for family and friends to attend. Participants will learn singing techniques as well as choral music from Eastern Europe with a particular focus on the rich culture of the Balkans. This weekend of activity celebrates Harmony Week and aims to increase cultural understanding through the universal language of music. Open to individuals as well as choirs, a joy of singing and a willingness to learn is all you need. The ability to read music is helpful but not essential. The two day workshop is suitable for young people in high school through to senior members of the community.

Saturday 6 April 2024 Big Bad Music presents

Choirboys: Run to Paradise

The Stories of Australian Rock N Roll

Run To Paradise is a “spilling of the beans” of sorts.  Its part story, part song that chronicles some of the wildest, most risqué, outrageous, and downright hilarious stories of Australian Rock. All, as these Oz pub-rock icons recall it.

Monday 8 April 2024 BMEC Education 2024

Medea

A Shock Therapy Arts Production

This stylised Medea combines Greek Tragedy, Epic and Physical Theatre and to deliver a gripping experience with a thumping soundtrack.

Wednesday 10 April 2024 A List Entertainment presents

Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee

When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing... happiness.

Sunday 14 April 2024 World Class Entertainment Australia presents

Music of the Night

Music of the Night will capture the imagination of its audience with stunning musical performances from The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sunset Boulevard, Les Misérables, Chess, The Sound of Music, Rogers and Hammerstein, West Side Story, Jersey Boys, Carousel and The Boy From Oz!

Saturday 20 April 2024 An 80's Mixed Tape Musical

All Fired Up

by Rachel Terry and Roz Pappalardo

Meet Tammy Tooth who's on the brink of a most epic existential midlife crisis. An unexpected quirk of fate sends her back in time to come face to face with her 15-year-old self in her teenage bedroom, giving her the chance to ask the big questions, remember what makes her tick and help her reclaim her passion for life.

Sunday 21 April 2024

MET Opera: Roméo Et Juliette

Based on the timeless play by William Shakespeare, Gounod’s sumptuous operatic adaptation traces the universally known tragic story of two star-crossed lovers from feuding families.

Wednesday 24 April 2024 BMEC Local Stages

Music Industry Mixer

with Arts OutWest and Music NSW

Calling artists, venues, promoters, managers, educators, techs and all local music industry! Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, MusicNSW and Arts OutWest will be hosting a Music Industry Mixer to bring music based artists together for networking and industry updates on April 24.

Saturday 27 April 2024 Vanessa Larry Mitchell

Teardrops
On My Dildo

Fabulous, filthy and downright hilarious! Brace yourselves for a wild ride of side-splitting hilarity with the modern-day Queen of Sass, as she takes you on a laugh-out-loud adventure of her trials and tribulations of parenting, dating and all things female.

Sunday 28 April 2024 Good Company Entertainment Presents

The Joe Cocker Experience

Don’t miss this 9 piece powerhouse band performing the biggest hits of the man who is still recognized as the most iconic cover singer of all time. Once we heard a song recreated by the rock soul voice of Joe Cocker, it was his way we forever wanted to hear it. Fronted by Australia’s very own Chev Wilson whose whiskey infused timbre and uncanny natural likeness to a young Joe breathe new life into famous hits “Leave Your Hat On, You Are So beautiful, Up Where We Belong, Hitchcock Railway, Delta Lady, Unchain my heart, The Letter, With a Little Help from My Friends and many more!

Sunday 5 May 2024 Live Performance on Screen

NT LIVE: The Motive and the Cue

Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy) directs Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in this fierce and funny new play. 1964: Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new Broadway production of Hamlet under John Gielgud’s exacting direction. But as rehearsals progress, two ages of theatre collide and the collaboration between actor and director soon threatens to unravel.

Thursday 9 May 2024 BMEC Education 2024

You Are A Doughnut

That Science Gang

From the creators of the multi-award-winning The Alphabet of Awesome Science comes a brand new biological-musical-comedy-adventure that explores the ins and outs of the human digestive system.

Thursday 16 May 2024 BMEC and Lingua Franca present

Highway of
Lost Hearts

By Mary Anne Butler with original live music by Smith & Jones

A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500km of wide-open road. After a celebrated season at BMEC in 2021, Lingua Franca's critically acclaimed production is hitting the road on a NSW wide tour. Back for one night only, join us as we send off Kate Smith and Smith & Jones to share this Bathurst-made production with audiences around the state. 

Friday 17 - Saturday 18 May 2024 A Slightly Isolated Dog

The Trojan
War

Public Performances

Using a cast of faux-French performers, The Trojan War is a joyful, raucous celebration of our ridiculous lives: using this classic tale of gods and heroes to playfully explore questions around the current chaos of our times.

Monday 20 May 2024 - Tuesday 21 May 2024 BMEC Education 2024

Creative Writing Workshops 2024

An incredible opportunity to spend a full day accessing some of the best Australian Young Adult authors for potential young authors of the future. Suitable for students in years 10, 11 and 12, these workshops are not HSC or curriculum based but focused on the creative writing process with ample opportunity for students to write during the workshops. The focus is for students to have the opportunity to be immersed in the writing process.

Tuesday 21 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Human Library

A Human Library is a library where real people are on loan, creating a safe, conversational space where topics are discussed openly between a 'human book' and a reader (community member). Each human book is a distinctive story that details their lived experience of belonging, diversity and inclusion. Come find out first-hand about some of the unique life stories of people living in your Bathurst community.

Tuesday 21 - Wednesday 22 May 2024 Shake & Stir Theatre Co

Fourteen

By Shannon Molloy, Adapted by Shake & Stir with Shannon Molloy

Based on the best-selling memoir by award-winning journalist Shannon Molloy, Fourteen is the inspirational true story of growing up in central Queensland (it could be Bathurst), transformed into a powerful must-see theatre production by nationally acclaimed Shake & Stir Theatre Co.

Wednesday 22 May, 2024 BMEC Education 2024

Fourteen

Shake & Stir Theatre Co

Shannon Molloy is a year 9 student at an all-boys, rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland (it could be Bathurst), with a secret that no one can ever find out. This performance is for secondary schools - Stages 5 and 6.

Thursday 23 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Julia Baird

Bright Shining

Hear from broadcaster and Phosphorescence author Julia Baird, whose latest book, Bright Shining, is a beautiful, timely exploration of that most mysterious but necessary human quality: grace. With Jacqueline Maley.

Thursday 23 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Viet Thanh
Nguyen

A Man of Two Faces

Hear celebrated author Viet Thanh Nguyen, hailed as “a conscience of American literature” (The New Yorker), discuss his new work with writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law.

Thursday 23 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Suzie Miller:
Prima Facie

Hosted by Nicole Abadee

Put the courts on trial with lawyer turned Olivier Award–winning playwright Suzie Miller as she discusses novelising her theatrical triumph that tackles sexual assault. In conversation with Nicole Abadee. Suzie Miller is an Australian contemporary international playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Prima Facie is her first novel. Her work has been produced around the world, winning multiple prestigious awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play 2023 for her smash hit one-woman play Prima Facie, which had a sold out season on London's West End and Broadway New York.

Thursday 23 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Julian Borger

I Seek a Kind Person

“I seek a kind person who will educate my intelligent boy, aged 11.” An extraordinary 1938 personal advertisement that started Julian Borger’s quest into his father’s past and the story of Holocaust survival. With Michaela Kalowski.

Thursday 23 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Sophie Hansen

In Conversation - What Can I Bring?

Enjoy an evening with bestselling author and beloved country cook, Sophie Hansen, in-conversation with Peter Harrison (Fish River Roasters), about her latest cookbook, What Can I Bring?. Hear about the beautiful, seasonal recipes from the book, the local friends and cooks who inspired them, the process behind bringing the book together, and lots more!

Thursday 23 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Fantastical Worlds

Garth Nix, Shelley Parker-Chan, Samantha Shannon hosted by Aimée Lindorff

Imagine another world with popular fantasy authors Garth Nix (The Old Kingdom series), Shelley Parker-Chan (The Radiant Emperor duology) and Samantha Shannon (The Roots of Chaos series). Hosted by Aimée Lindorff. 

Friday 24 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

A.C. Grayling

The Meaning of Life in a Technological Age

The quest for a life worth living has been the business of philosophers for millennia. How can we pursue answers to life’s big questions in an increasingly unstable technological age? Join pre-eminent philosopher A.C. Grayling for this special talk.

Friday 24 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

The War on Journalists

Julian Borger, John Lyons, Alisa Sopova and Anastasia Taylor-Lind. Hosted by Hamish Macdonald

With conflict continuing in Ukraine, and the death toll of journalists in Gaza reaching alarming proportions, we look at the role of journalists in war. Featuring Julian Borger, John Lyons, Alisa Sopova and Anastasia Taylor-Lind. Hosted by Hamish Macdonald.

Friday 24 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Abdulrazak
Gurnah

Afterlives

Explore his writing and unpack the legacies of empire with acclaimed writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose 10th novel explores displacement, loss and love during and after German occupation of East Africa. With Sisonke Msimang.

Friday 24 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Feminist
Firebrands

Sisonke Msimang, Hannah Ferguson and Jennifer Robinson. Hosted by Jo Dyer

Four waves in, the feminist fight for gender equality is far from over. This panel brings together the powerful and incendiary feminist voices of Hannah Ferguson, Sisonke Msimang and Jennifer Robinson. Hear from these leading writers and activists who between them offer daring feminist opinions on topics ranging from freedom of speech, right-wing politics, racism, xenophobia, belonging and identity, taboos around sex and pleasure, as well as the legal judgements that continue to silence and disadvantage women.

Friday 24 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Sky Country

Official Opening

Sky Country: Join us for an evening with Gamilaroi astrophysicist Karlie Noon as she shares captivating insights into Aboriginal Sky Country. Karlie will lead us on a journey through the Indigenous cosmos, unveiling the profound relevance of ancient wisdom in navigating modern-day problems.

Friday 24 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Queerstories

Maeve Marsden, J.M. Field, George Haddad, Bebe Oliver, K Patrick and Samantha Shannon

Celebrating the culture and creativity of the LGBTQI+ community one true story at a time, Queerstories has played to crowds big and small, from Mudgee to Murwillumbah, Albury to Adelaide, Brisbane and beyond. Featuring J.M. Field, George Haddad, Bebe Oliver, K Patrick and Samantha Shannon.

Saturday 25 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Celeste Ng: Our Missing Hearts

Hosted by Claire Nichols

Sit down with New York Times bestselling author Celeste Ng, whose smash hit Little Fires Everywhere was adapted into a miniseries starring Reese Witherspoon. Listen in as she discusses her new dystopian novel with Claire Nichols.

Saturday 25 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Charmaine Ledden-Lewis Children’s Illustrator

Children’s illustrator Charmaine Ledden-Lewis is a proud Bundjalung woman, artist and illustrator. Her new illustrated book Ask Aunty - Seasons is a delightful and educational picture book for children aged 5 to 10 years that introduces First Nations seasonal calendars. Join Charmaine for a fun, creative and passionate family friendly session at the library, with live illustration demonstrations!

Saturday 25 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Great Books You Might Have Missed

Jen Barry and Lisa Holloway

There’s always so many terrific books that pass us by whilst we’re reading other wonderful books. Enjoy hearing Jen Barry and Lisa Holloway chatting about some of the great books you may have missed in the last year and some to look forward to later this year.

Saturday 25 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Trent Dalton:
From Eli to Lola

Hosted by Cassie McCullagh

Trent Dalton, award-winning author of Boy Swallows Universe (now a hit Netflix series) returns with Lola in the Mirror, a big, beautiful novel about grappling with our past, present and possible futures. In conversation with Cassie McCullagh.

Saturday 25 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Poetry Walk Up

Organised by the Bathurst Poets

Enjoy a free lunchtime session of walk-up open mic poetry hosted by the Bathurst Poets in BMEC's Wattle Foyer. This poetry performance event welcomes all styles of poetry including original and that of others. If you have poetry to share, turn up for noon to take your turn performing on the stage. Poets of all levels are encouraged to participate. 

Saturday 25 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Rural Crime
Fiction

A Cross Examination

Three wonderful crime writers, whose books are set in the Central West and Far West areas, explore why rural crime novels are so popular, and what makes them so good to write! Hear authors Aoife Clifford (It Takes A Town); James McKenzie Watson (Denizen), and Rhys Gard (Four Dogs Missing), as they chat with Jen Barry.

Saturday 25 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Storytellers

Leigh Sales and Lisa Millar

ABC legends Leigh Sales (Storytellers) and Lisa Millar (Muster Dogs) unpack the craft of turning real life events into narrative, drawing from their recent books and a combined 65 years in journalism.

Saturday 25 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Writing

From Journalism to Fiction

Hear authors Tracy Sorensen and Kirsty Jagger discuss the ways in which their work as journalists has informed their successful writing journeys, and what lies behind their desire to write fiction.

Saturday 25 May 2024 A Sydney Writers Festival Livestream Event

Katy Hessel: The Story of Art Without Men

Enter art historian and curator Katy Hessel’s The Story of Art Without Men, a response to E.H. Gombrich’s classic chronicle, The Story of Art, first published in 1950, which was recently updated to include... one woman.

Saturday 25 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Unstoppable Stories

Wiradyuri Resistance and Aboriginal Political Activism

This year 2024 marks 200 years since Gudyarra (the Bathurst War) and the declaration of martial law on Wiradyuri Homelands, as well as 100 years since the formation of the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association, the countries first politically organised Aboriginal activist group. As part of “Dhuluny 1824-2024 - 200 years of Wiradyuri resistance”, the Wiradyuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation (WTOCWAC) invite you to reflect on stories of Wiradyuri resistance and Aboriginal political activism, with a panel featuring several important First Nations Elders, historians and activists who will consider how the long political resistance to colonisation should be commemorated, and how it continues to this day.

Saturday 25 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Sebastian
Barry

Old God's Time

Sit down with Ireland’s Fiction Laureate Sebastian Barry and host Kate Evans to discuss the Booker Prize longlisted Old God’s Time, followed by a live performance of Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 by Max Bruch arranged for cello and piano with Melissa Barnard and Lee Dionne from the ACO. Sebastian appears via video link

Saturday 25 May 2024 Mitchell Conservatorium of Music presents

Big Band Blast Gala Concert

featuring the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Jazz Orchestra and Special Guests

As part of the 3 day Big Band Blast conference weekend, the Big Band Blast Gala Concert features the amazing talents of the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra directed by David Theak, with special performances by the Big Band Blast clinicians - John Morrison (drums), Jacki Cooper (vocals), Andrew Robertson (sax) and Eric Dunan (trumpet).

Sunday 26 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Great Festival Read

And In Conversation with Kylie Needham

This hugely popular feature of the local program sees booklovers reading the same book in the lead-up to the Festival weekend. Read the book then attend the event where a panel discusses the book selected for each year. For 2024, the Great Festival Read title is Girl in a Pink Dress by Kylie Needham. The panellists are Genevieve Carroll (Hill End artist); Maryanne Jacques (Arts OutWest); Paul Stafford (author and educator), and Jac Underwood (journalist and CSU Alumni). Hosted by Jen Barry. This session is followed by an In Conversation session with the author Kylie Needham at 10:30am.

Sunday 26 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Play Like a Girl

Chloe Dalton, Anna Meares and Jana Pittman hosted by Tracey Holmes

Cheer on the athletes kicking goals for women’s sport. Olympic rugby gold medalist Chloe Dalton (Girls Don’t Play Sport), Australia’s most decorated cycling Olympian Anna Meares, and world champion pro-athlete Jana Pittman (Enough) chat with host Tracey Holmes.

Sunday 26 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Let’s Talk

An In Conversation About Powerful Conversations

Since publishing her book, Rebel Talk, The Art of Powerful Conversations in 2020 Jane Hutcheon is on a mission to talk about difficult conversations. In this invigorating, in-person, in-conversation group chat, the former ABC journalist and creator/presenter of One Plus One needs audience participation to help her unpack some difficult conversations with warmth, humour, candour and curiosity for an in-conversation about what it means to be human today.

Sunday 26 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Kickstarting Your Creative Drive

Creative Writing Workshop with Kim Kelly

Whether you’re well advanced with your writing project or at the beginning, this workshop will be fun and inspiring, and will give you a handy set of writing tools to take away, to use whenever you need a kickstart again.

Sunday 26 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

David Wengrow

The Dawn of Everything

Transform your understanding of human evolution with professor of archaeology David Wengrow, whose groundbreaking work with the late David Graeber overturns theories on the origins of farming, cities, democracy, slavery and civilisation itself. In conversation with ABC RN’s Richard Fidler.

Sunday 26 May 2024 Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival

Audiobooks Panel

'Reading' for the Ears

The listening experience is such a rich one when you have a great audiobook. Find out what‘s involved in bringing them to life, what makes or breaks a book for both a listener and an author, and why they are so popular.

Sunday 26 May 2024 A Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Livestream event

Dark Technologies

Exposing the Technology of Modern Warfare

Hear about the role of emerging technologies in conflict and occupation with Walkley Award–winning journalist Antony Loewenstein (The Palestine Laboratory), artificial intelligence expert Toby Walsh (Faking It) and host Michael Richardson.

Tuesday 28 May 2024 Grand Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine Present

Forest Song and Don Quixote

By popular demand, The Grand Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine will return to Australia in May, June and July 2024. They will present again their double bill of Forest Song & Don Quixote. The audience response to their performances in 2023 was literally amazing with standing ovations following every performance.  

Thursday 30 May 2024 Yarns and Yodels Tour

Brad Cox

With Special Guests

Brad Cox, known for his authentic spirit and down-to-earth persona, has become a prominent figure in the Australian music scene. His third studio album, 'Acres,’ not only topped the ARIA Country Charts but has been coupled with the overwhelming success of the 'Acres Tour’. The tour saw packed houses across metro and regional Australia, selling 30,000 tickets in 2023, and solidifying his status as one of the country's most celebrated musicians. Fans can look forward to a rich and diverse showcase of Brad's talents, spanning from upbeat country pop to moving piano ballads. More than just a musical journey, Brad's performances are infused with his distinctive and humorous storytelling. This combination promises not only a much loved singalong, but also a bloody good laugh.

Friday 31 May 2024 The Robertson Brothers

1960’s
Variety TV Show

Following their sold-out national tour in 2023, Australia's new 'Kings of Variety Television' are back in 2024 with a brand-new show! The Robertson Brothers are thrilled to be returning with their new heart-warming and uplifting 1960’s Variety TV Show! 

Monday 3 - Tuesday 4 June 2024 The NSW Department of Education presents

Western NSW Dance Festival 2024

Arts education is an important platform for students to thrive, express, create, collaborate, learn and excel. The Western NSW Dance Festival highlights public schools from across Western NSW, showcasing the passion, skills and creativity of teachers and students from Kindergarten to Year 12 as they explore the art of dance.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Cael O’Donnell – Celebrity Psychic Medium

Australia’s #1 Psychic Medium

Prepare to be spellbound by the mesmerizing live encounter of Cael O'Donnell – With his signature magnetic stage presence, Cael is gracing our town for one-night-only. Get ready for an evening filled with Psychic ability that’s absolutely unmissable! Cael, the Psychic everyone's talking about with 1.1 million followers worldwide and featured regularly on Australian TV, is set to captivate you with heartfelt messages that touch your soul and lift your spirits. He's not just a psychic; he possesses a gift that's often described as “off the charts”. Picture a night where hope takes centre stage – this isn't just 'another psychic show'; it's an unforgettable experience that will have you buzzing with excitement and reminiscing with mates for decades to come! 

Saturday 8 June 2024 Mattersphere Presents

Band Out of Hell

A Meat Loaf Tribute

Welcome to the world of Band Out Of Hell, the premier tribute to the legendary Meat Loaf, where every chord struck and note sung is a testament to the enduring legacy of one of rock's most dynamic figures. Our journey began from a shared passion for Meat Loaf's iconic music and the theatrical storytelling that defined his career. Each member of Band Out Of Hell brings a unique talent and a shared devotion to recreating the intensity and emotion of Meat Loaf's hits.

Sunday 9 June 2024 Live Performance On Screen

NT Live: Nye

By Tim Price

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state. From campaigning at the coalfield to leading the battle to create the National Health Service, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan is often referred to as the politician with greatest influence over the UK without ever being Prime Minister.

Saturday 15 June 2024 Kym Halpin in association with SK Entertainment presents

The Tap Pack

Following sold-out shows and rave reviews around the world, Australia’s hottest tap dance sensation, The Tap Pack, is coming to Bathurst. A show of pure entertainment inspired by the legendary kings of swing, the Rat Pack, The Tap Pack mix slick humour, high-energy entertainment, and world-class tap dance!

Friday 21 June 2024 Scots All Saints College Presents

Scots All Saints College Music Showcase 2024

The Music Showcase is a college-wide (Kindergarten to Year 12) display of all things music at the College; choirs, ensembles, pipes and drums and so much more. Over 300 students will perform for you in over 20 ensembles including an all in finale!

Saturday 22 June 2024 Century Entertainment presents

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour 2024

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia. Boasting a line-up of festival favourites and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment is bringing the best of the fest direct to you! 

Sunday 23 June 2024

MET Opera: Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s devastating opera of unrequited love between a young Japanese girl and an American naval officer is one of the world’s most popular (and tragic) operas. Captured live in New York from The MET Opera and screened at BMEC, this will be a stunning production not to be missed. 

Sunday 23 June, 2024

Black, No Sugar: Special Event

Supported by BMEC Local Stages

Join us for performed readings of two short and dark stories by Carole Kelly starring Bryan Cutts and Shane Porteous. Entry is by donation as this is a fundraising event.

Friday 28 June 2024 The fabulous Catherine Alcorn is

The Divine Miss Bette

Presented by Tenacious C Presents and Hey Dowling in Association with The Harbour Agency

A spectacularly joyous music and comedy event featuring multiple award-winner Catherine Alcorn channeling the legendary Bette Midler. Backed by an all-star live band and dancers, don’t miss your chance to catch the magnificent The Divine Miss Bette in this thrilling concert experience.

Sunday 30 June 2024 Showtime Australia presents

TINA The Ulimate Tribute to the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner, 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, plus band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers, making this the definitive tribute and a fabulous night out!

Saturday 6 July 2024 Run Like Hell present

Dark Side of the Moon

A Tribute to Pink Floyd

Dark Side of the Moon. Pink Floyd’s masterpiece, exploring the passage of time and our inability to control it. Money, greed, conflict, losing touch with reality. Death. The fourth highest selling album of all time is all about me, you, us and them. On the back of sell-out shows in 2022-23, seven-piece band Run Like Hell meticulously recreate the album from start to finish, taking you back to when you first heard it and marvelled at the sonic experimentation, exceptional production, and the visceral feelings evoked by the lyrics and lush melodies.

Sunday 7 July 2024 Art On Screen

Picasso:
A Rebel in Paris

Story of a Life and a Museum

Anarchist, Stranger, Revolutionary: a new interpretation of the most amazing 20th Century artist 50 years after his death. Early one morning in the year 1901, Picasso arrived in Paris. And that’s the day his future began, in that city. Picasso was born in Spain in 1881 and would spend almost his entire life in Paris and yet, in the French capital, he would often feel like a stranger, an exile, under ‘special police surveillance’. Picasso. A Rebel in Paris. Story of a Life and a Museum starts here.

Friday 12 July 2024 GSM Presents

Best Of The Bee Gees Show

25th Anniversary Show

“I’ve never seen a more professional tribute to the Bee Gees with those beautiful harmonies which are so difficult to achieve.  They have worked hard to reproduce the unique sound of my brothers. So tastefully done.  Absolutely brilliant and I didn’t want to leave. If you’re a Bee Gees fan, this is the concert for you.”   Lesley Evans (Gibb)  The Best of the Bee Gees Show has brought audiences hustling to their feet at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, Brisbane’s Queensland Performing Arts Centre, The Star Gold Coast, Sydney’s State Theatre and the Perth Concert Hall. 

Saturday 13 July 2024 Daniel Hidden Presents

Seeing is Believing

Who is Daniel Hidden? Calling himself “A Deception Artist” Daniel Hidden is an astonishing new breed of magician who is taking magic to the next level and bringing the art into the 21st Century. Inspired by the very best in the industry like Derren Brown and David Blaine, he creates his own original routines of outstanding deceptions presented by a unique and saucy showmanship. Now calling Australia home, this laid-back charismatic artist weaves a special blend of mind-blowing deceptions that include but are not limited to Mentalism, impossible feats and illusions, and razor-sharp sleight of hand. His interactive shows provide a crowd-pleasing experience that will leave you and your friends talking about the mysteries and fun for days and weeks to come.

Sunday 14 July 2024

42nd Street The Musical

Live on screen

42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is a ‘glorious’ (Express) and ‘utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz’ (Times), 42nd Street features iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money and Lullaby of Broadway, this is pure magic on the big screen.

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