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.
Armidale’s New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) is an enjoyable and inspiring place for visitors of all ages. The museum is the custodian of some 5000 works of art, with the Howard Hinton, Chandler Coventry and NERAM collections including many works from most of Australia’s leading artists.
At the University of New England (UNE), there are museums and collections embracing art, classical archaeology, local history, zoology, botany, geology, Asian musical instruments, manuscripts and rare books. In terms of their diversity, scale and significance, they are a unique resource in regional New South Wales. In fact, the university’s Museum of Antiquities, open to the public on weekdays, is the only regional ancient history and archaeology museum in Australia.
Music, both classical and contemporary, contributes enormously to the city’s cultural vibrancy. The Old Teachers College is home to the New England Conservatorium and the UNE Department of Music, which nurture the Armidale Symphony Orchestra, Armidale Youth Orchestra, Fiori Musicali and many choral and other musical groups.
The calendar is full of musical events, including a biennial Bach Festival, Musica Viva, A Day on the Green concerts and a month-long Eisteddfod program.
Drama and musical productions are another flourishing dimension of the city’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 stopping by on their national tours.
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