Bathurst Region What’s On – March 2016

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12th and 13th of March: Autofest 2016 (Bathurst)image
Organisers of the highly successful Autofest Car Festivals have scheduled yet another high-octane event and expect large crowds from across the country to come see the cars fly at Mount Panorama. The Bathurst Autofest will be held in and around the month of March over the next five years and will feature events such as Go To Whoa, Autokana, Dyno Comp, Indoor and Outdoor Show N Shine, Trade Displays and everyone’s favourite, the all Mighty Burnout Competition. A variety of entertainment is on offer with rides for the kids, merchandise and trade displays. The event is alcohol free, fully catered and is an affordable family day out.


10th to 13th of March: World’s Greatest Shave (Bathurst)
The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave is on March 10-13 and we’re asking you to take part. Decide to shave or colour your hair, then use the tips in our free kit to make your hairy sacrifice a success. Money raised will fund life-saving blood cancer research and provide emotional and practical support like accommodation for regional families who need to move to the city for treatment. Everyday, 34 Australians will be given the devastating news they have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help. Sign up now at or by calling 1800 500 088.


12th of March: Willie and Roy – The legends (Bathurst)
John Robertson as Willie Nelson and Mark Shelley as Roy Orbison without a doubt perform the world’s best characterisations of Willie & Roy. So don miss them at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. On the Road Again, To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before, Always on my Mind, Pretty Woman, Crying, Only the Lonely …… their list of hit songs seems endless. The story begins when during a Willie Nelson concert, Roy appears for one final unforgettable performance. Share the highs, lows, laughter and sadness of their livers.


12th of March: Writing workshop 2 – The Basics of Novel Writing
A workshop exploring what a novel is, why we love to read them – and write them. With Kim Kelly In ‘The Basics of Novel-Writing’, Kim will take participants through what makes a novel tick, and why it’s such an enduring and beloved form of storytelling. Kim will explore the elements of structure and language that make a nourishing and entertaining long-form tale, as well as ways of finding and experimenting with your narrative voice, your genre and your characters. There are certainly some general rules of novel-writing to be aware of, and reader expectations to fulfil, but once you know what they are, you can stretch the boundaries of convention – and even surprise yourself. Participants should come away from this workshop with a deeper understanding of what a novel is, some inspiration on what kind of novel they wish to write and a sense of the skills needed to create it. Workshop is held at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, adults $80.00 and concession $50.00


17th of March: St Patrick’s Day Dinner (Bathurst)
This event is part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, held at the Memorial Entertainment Centre.It also coincides with the 150th Anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St Joseph in Bathurst. The sisters of both orders will be special guest of the evening. The night will begin with guests being entertained by student school bands as guest arrive, followed by dinner and a Q & A Style session based around our Irish heritage. The Nodding Thistles will perform for dancing later in the evening.


5th of March: Twilight Tens Rigby Tournament (Cowra)
The longest running Rugby 10s tournament in the southern hemisphere is on again. Teams from Sydney, Canberra and regional NSW will compete for the Cup, Plate & Bowl. Played over a single day the Twilight Tens has a carnival atmosphere and is played on two adjoining grounds. Celebrations continue long into the night,


11th to the 20th of March: 2016 Festival of International Understanding (Cowra)
The Festival of International Understanding is held each year to celebrate a guest nation with a festival parade, street stalls, and many other events and ceremonies throughout. Participants will learn about civilian internment in Australia during WWII. Historians, creative writers, artists and members of the local community where internment camps were built, will tell how they have maintained and developed the legacy of the wartime camps as part of their community heritage.

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