Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Bathurst, NSW 2795
BMEC is recognised nationally as a performing arts centre at the forefront of contemporary practice.
In 2005, in association with the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries, BMEC launched the biennial Catapult Festival. The national youth circus and physical theatre festival and a meeting point between youth and adult professional practice.
In 2007, with support from Bathurst Regional Council, the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW, BMEC launched the Local Stages program which supports the development of local performing arts practice. In 2010 BMEC was the first regional presenter to receive Presenting Partners triennial funding from the Australia Council for Local Stages. In 2013 Local Stages was cited as an example of industry best practice in the APACA and Australia Council PowerPAC report.
In 2008 BMEC was the winner of the inaugural Australian Performing Arts Centres Association Drover Award for Best Presenting Venue. This award was voted on by touring companies and tour coordinators.
Since 2009 BMEC has added the following achievements:
- Establishment of the annual Inland Sea of Sound world music festival
- Creation of the BMEC Aboriginal Performing Arts Program
- Development of the Smashed Arts program consisting of performing arts activities for 12 to 24 year olds with funding from the federal Department of Health and Ageing.
- Establishment of a Creative Learning Project targeting 4 - 8 year olds in the region and partnered by Patch Theatre Company, CSU schools of Teacher Education and Communication and Creative Industries, local Primary Schools and the University of Texas at Austin.
- Founding member of the Roadwork consortium which aims to tour the most exciting and provocative contemporary Australian theatre and dance to regional venues.
- Founding member of the Blak Lines consortium which aims to tour contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance and theatre to regional venues.
BMEC reflects and celebrates the artistic vibrancy of the Bathurst Region which continues to set an example of what can be achieved in a regional Australian setting.
BMEC programs a diverse Annual Season including Dance, Drama, Music, Circus & Physical Theatre and Theatre for Young People. We are founding members of the Roadwork and Blak Lines consortia which aim to tour excellent contemporary dance and drama and to engage communities with this work. BMEC hosts a Local Stages program which has supported a number of new dance and physical theatre works. A key focus is connecting local artists to the best national and international practice.