With the COVID lockdown covering all of the state to varying degrees, restrictions may be in place relating to identified hot spots. Check with NSW Health for current information before travelling or attending events in the community. COVID-safe rules will apply. Please check with organisers if your desired events are still going ahead.
Blayney Rotary Market
Blayney Rotary Market features a range of stalls that have seasonal fruit, vegetables, local produce, plants, flowers, jewellery, craft, accessories, candles, beauty products and more. Sunday, July 18. 8.30am to noon. Carrington Park, cnr Osman and Church Street, Blayney.
Go behind the scenes of the groundbreaking ABC sci-fi series and explore First Nations storytelling, language and creativity in production design, costumes and props. An official opening will be held on Friday, July 23 from 6pm to 8pm. Free, but bookings essential due to limited space. Orange Regional Museum. Phone 02 6393 8444. Exhibition July 24 to October 3.
Sydney Film Festival
Save the date
A regional tour of the Sydney Film Festival will hit Orange for the first time in July. The Travelling Film Festival will bring a curated line-up of titles to the city, including acclaimed feature flicks and documentaries from this year's major film festivals; most notably the Oscars, Cannes and Sundance. July 23 to 25. Odeon 5 Cinemas.
This exhibition features paintings of imagined landscapes by Orange artist Josephine Jagger-Manners. The works are inspired by the springtime colours in the paddocks between Orange and Stuart Town, in particular the golden canola and regal Paterson's curse. July 26 to September 4. The Peisley St Gallery, 54 Peisley Street.
Orange Readers and Writers Festival
The Orange Readers and Writers and Writers Festival returns after a COVID-induced break in 2020. The program will feature inspiring fiction and non-fiction authors, including former minister Robert Tickner, crime author Petronella McGovern; ABC journalist Michael Brissenden; Photography curator Helen Ennis and high-profile tree-changer Todd Alexander. July 30 and 31. Hotel Canobolas. $95 per person. Tickets available through Eventbrite or Orange City Library on 6393 8132.
Out of This World
Ends this weekend
From the 1950s through to the 1970s, Australia was gripped with excitement as humanity made its first forays beyond Earth's atmosphere. From cutting edge scientific research to architecture, design, television and more, this exhibition explores Australia's role in the space race. Orange Regional Museum. Until July 18.
Old and New Histories
Orange Regional Museum's new long-term exhibition, Inherit: old and new histories, brings together stories from across the Central West, exploring the region's history. It highlights big events and significant personalities, as well as the lives and experiences of everyday people. More than 100 objects have been collected to tell the stories that have shaped the past and present. Until September 5.
If you're looking for something a little different to do this winter, how about booking a bonfire outing for you and your friends at the Stockman's Ridge Wines. You can enjoy a tipple or two on a winter's afternoon or evening ... and on a Saturday you can linger to watch the stars come out. Bring your own food to cook over the flames or organising a grazing platter with the venue. Until August 29, $50, book at stockmansridge.com.au
Jane Gower, one of the "world's finest" bassoonists, will perform live alongside Australia's brightest young classical musicians in Orange next month. The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra's "Emerge" tour is being directed by Rachael Beesley and features world-class musicians, such as Gower, with talents from the Young Mannheim Symphonists education program. Saturday, August 7. 7pm. Orange Regional Conservatorium. Book at www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=678401.
ARIA Award-nominee Julia Jacklin will perform a rare solo performance, drawing on songs from across her entire catalogue as well as some never-before-heard tunes. Saturday, August 14. 7pm. Orange Regional Conservatorium. $46.95. Tickets from events.humanitix.com/hometowns-julia-jacklin-orange/tickets.