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From renowned collections of antiquities and Australian art to writers’ workshops, cutting-edge contemporary theatre and stellar music programs, culture and the arts are ubiquitous in the New England.

You’ll find there’s always something inspirational going on in the region’s museums and galleries and on any number of stages and screens.

The calendar is full of musical events, including a biennial Bach Festival, Musica Viva, a month-long Eisteddfod program, Tenterfield’s Peter Allen Festival and Bavarian Music Festival, the Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes and performances by the New England Conservatorium.

Drama and musical productions are another flourishing dimension of the High Country’s rich performing arts scene. Theatres are rarely dark here with amateur and professional companies, UNE Theatre Studies, schools and colleges producing shows, and high-profile touring companies, such as Oz Opera and Sydney Theatre Company stopping by on their national tours.

The New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale is an enjoyable and inspiring place for visitors of all ages to while away couple of hours. The museum is the custodian of around 5000 works of art, including the Howard Hinton, Chandler Coventry and NERAM collections.

There are some extraordinarily varied performing arts groups in the region. The country’s oldest Arts Council, the Glen Innes Arts Council, presents choral performances, plays, musicals and art house films in the Chapel Theatre, a former church.

Another of the highlights on the arts calendar in the region is Tenterfield’s 4-day Oracle of the Bush event. Perhaps the most remarkable is the Ngwao Letshwao Performing Arts group in Inverell, a troupe of young singers and dancers from Botswana.

The little town of Walcha is a living, breathing art gallery, with the streets and public spaces scattered with over 50 sculptures by renowned local, national and international artists. Grab a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre and take yourself on a self-guided tour. The Walcha Gallery of Art is also well worth a look, located on the main street it features more sculptures, along with an array of paintings, prints and a collection of jewellery.

Brimming with award-winning regional galleries and events, New England’s arts and culture scene is abuzz.