Arts and culture

Highlights

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is built on the highest point in Katoomba. The Centre features the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and the World Heritage Interpretive Centre.

Arts and culture in the Blue Mountains

Art installation in the bush at Scenic World, Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains region has a rich diversity of art and culture. It's the perfect complement to the beautiful nature surrounding the region's towns and villages. The arts and cultural scene is as impressive as the mountains itself, combining, big-name events with a thriving hub of creativity. The Blue Mountains are a stage for local and international, established and emerging talent and the outdoors is an increasingly exciting canvas, with art around every corner.

The Waradah Aboriginal Centre at Echo Point celebrates Indigenous culture, art and dance with an art gallery and performance space. Colourfully painted Indigenous dancers from different tribal groups perform Indigenous music, song and dance performances every hour.

With more than 3,000 teapots on display at Bygone Beautys in Leura, it's worth stopping by the traditional tearoom. The display includes teapots from the old and rare to the new, elegant to outrageous, miniatures to large teapots.

Cultural events are a mainstay of the Blue Mountains. Oktoberfest at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba is a popular event, serving up German music, German food, German beer, and a whole lot of fun. Meanwhile the Blue Mountains Music Festival, held in Katoomba, brings the mountains alive with the sound of acoustic guitars, fiddles, percussion and more when musicians from around the world and Australian perform in intimate and relaxed venues.

During the month of February, the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon regions will travel back in time and kick up their heels with The Roaring 20s Festival.