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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 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!

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. 

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

The concert is complete with lighting, visceral animated backdrops, searing guitar solos, sassy sax and backing vocalists. Run Like Hell found success in 2022 and 2023 recreating the Wish You Were Here album to raptured Canberra audiences. In November 2023 the band sold out their show at the Canberra Southern Cross Club performing the Dark Side of the Moon. Capturing the attention of Floyd fans is one thing, but seeing audience goers visibly emotional with joy is another. This is testament to the quality of the band’s musicianship, their connection with the music, but most of all their connection with uncompromising Floyd fans. Run Like Hell are a Floydian experience not to be missed

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. 

Friday 19 July 2024 BMEC and Premier Artists presents

Karise Eden

Supported by Lueth Ajak

Shooting to fame at the age of 19 with a viral audition video that now has over 50 million views on YouTube, Karise Eden has arguably one of Australia’s most distinctive voices, with two ARIA Awards, gold and platinum records and multiple Top 5 positions in the ARIA and AIR charts.  Often compared with the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse, the formidable singer-songwriter’s first indie release in 2022, “Into The Black” also featured an AIR No. 1 single. 

Saturday 20 July 2024

Women Like Us

A Stand Up Comedy Show

Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are Women Like Us, two of the most sought after comedians in Australia. They have sold out this show over 300 times, earned several 5-Star Reviews at Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival and in 2024 this powerhouse duo are bringing their hilarious show to BMEC for one night only!

Sunday 21 July 2024

Kinky Boots The Musical

Live on screen

Kinky Boots The Musical, filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s West End, is strutting onto the big screen! With songs from Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cindy Lauper, book by legendary Broadway playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), the musical is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim firth. Inspired by true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common - or so they think.

Thursday 25 July 2024 A-List Entertainment presents

Jimeoin – Who’s Your Man?!

See the man who is regarded as one of the top stand-up comedians on the planet LIVE in his hilarious new show. Who’s your man? Why, it’s Jimeoin, of course!

Friday 2 August 2024 Premier Artists presents

Forever 80s

The Best of The 80s Tour

Direct from sell out Australian shows, Australia’s number one '80s touring show, Forever 80s™ is coming to Bathurst for one unforgettable night. Turn back time and sing along to Wham!, Whitney Houston, Billy Idol, A-ha, Tina Turner, Prince, Cindy Lauper, Bon Jovi and more.

Saturday 3 August 2024 Alist.com Presents

Ross Noble – Jibber Jabber Jamboree

With an on-stage presence like no other, his exuberance, spontaneity and cerebral style have established him as one of The World's best-loved comedians. Freewheeling and off the cuff join the master surrealist as he uses an infinite imagination and plenty of tomfoolery in a night not to be missed.  This is a chance to see Noble live on stage in his natural habitat. 

Friday 9 August 2024 BMEC Education 2024

The Gruffalo

A CDP with Tall Stories' Production

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia! Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Friday 9 August 2024 The Mitchell Conservatorium Presents

The Swing Factor Black Tie Ball

The Swing Factor Black Tie Ball returns to BMEC for another year with support from the Mitchell Conservatorium. Prepare for a night of dining, dancing and jazz music with Denison College of Secondary Education Bathurst High Campus’ own Swing Factor with an opening performance from the Mitchell Conservatorium Jazz Connections band. Ticket prices include a 3 course meal and entertainment for the evening 

Saturday 10 August 2024 Carter Entertainment Presents

Creedence Clearwater Collective

We invite you to join us for a night of Creedence Clearwater  Revival and John Fogerty, as we celebrate the 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 11 August 2024

Titanic The Musical

Live on screen

Captured live and screened at BMEC, Titanic The Musical will be playing at BMEC this August.   Winner of 5 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), based on the real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own. 

Saturday 14 September 2024 Bathurst Theatre Company Presents

Woman

In Support of Veritas House

Bathurst Theatre Company presents WOMAN, a special charity concert event celebrating some of the most beloved female performers through the ages including the music of Adele, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Lady GaGa, Rihanna and more, performed by talented members of the local community and featuring dancers from Pure Imagination Performing Arts.   

Sunday 15 September 2024 Dance Partner Productions present

Burn the Floor ‘Dare to Dream’

Featuring Phil Burton from Human Nature

Headlined by the incredible Vocals of Human Nature’s Phil Burton,   The fearless reality of Burn the Floor in 2024 is reflected in the dancer’s mantra “be Brave, no Boundaries, Dare to Dream” as they push the extremes in bringing their famous, infectious, rebellious energy to the stage every single night. 

Tuesday 17 September 2024 BMEC Education 2024

Slap. Bang. Kiss.

A Melbourne Theatre Company Production

Exploring themes of activism, community and hope, SLAP. BANG. KISS. tracks three young people whose stories kick-start a series of events none of them could have anticipated, transforming them into global symbols of revolution. But when their stories go viral and the whole world is watching, what will they do next?

Wednesday 18 September 2024 Abstract Touring Presents

Elvis an American Trilogy

Direct from the United States

Elvis: An American Trilogy presents Aloha From Hawaii starring Steve Michaels, Louis Brown and Michael Chambliss Due to overwhelming demand, Elvis: An American Trilogy, the show that embodies the essence of ‘The King’ is back. The show that takes the audience on a spellbinding journey through the many eras of the legendary Elvis Presley. The show begins with Louis Brown who captures the audience with his raw rockabilly sound and signature dance moves. Michael Chambliss takes the role of Elvis in his movie years and the ‘68 Comeback Special as he effortlessly recreates the straight-out-of-the-army look and into the black leather, personifying this period with all the songs and sex appeal that was Elvis.

Friday 20 September 2024 BMEC Education 2024

Arc

An Erth Visual & Physical Inc Production

Showcasing exquisite puppetry, an enigmatic host, audience interaction and a world of rare and exotic animals, ARC is a profound experience that embraces the natural world and the creatures that cohabit this place we call Earth. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 September 2024 Victorian State Ballet Presents

Beauty and the Beast

One of the world’s most loved fairy tale classics is retold through a superb production featuring classical ballet skill and choreography which honours the spirit of this magical story - an inspiring, impacting, entertaining and memorable experience for the whole family! The Victorian State Ballets ‘Beauty & the Beast’ features a top cast of leading classical ballet artists from across Australia and abroad

Friday 25 October 2024 BMEC Education 2024

Past the Shallows

An Australian Theatre for Young People & Archipelago Production

Adapted by playwright Julian Larnach from Favel Parrett’s award-winning debut novel, Past the Shallows is an ode to brotherhood and a heart wrenching, lyrical exploration of mortality, family secrets and the capacity for both brutality and tenderness within contemporary masculinity.

Sunday 27 October 2024

The Roy Orbison Story

Experience the wonder of Roy Orbison in this brilliant theatrical portrayal of the man, his music, his voice, & his life. You will find yourself believing you are in his presence, transported back in time, reliving the emotion of each of his songs & the stories of his life. Mark Shelley is simply brilliant in his characterisation of Roy. He not only has the vocal range & tone to honour his songs, he also has the sensitivity & artistic ability to ‘be’ Roy.

Sunday 3 November 2024

Remember the Days of Cat Stevens

Starring Darren Coggan

Remember the days of Cat Stevens? The name brings back a thousand memories dark eyes, a winning voice and songs the whole world sang along to; Moonshadow, Wild World, Peace Train, Where Do the Children Play, Father & Son, Morning Has Broken, they have become bookmarks in our lives, deeply personal, as if they were written especially for us. Re-live the voice of a generation, in a celebration of one of the most inspiring and prolific singer songwriters of our time, sung with remarkable authenticity by one of Australia’s most exciting artists, Darren Coggan.

Friday 15 November 2024 Carter Entertainment Presents

The Beach Boys Experience

Pick up some Good Vibrations at this unforgettable celebration dedicated to the music of The Beach Boys Come have some Fun, Fun, Fun at the coolest, hippest, most far- out concert this year!

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