Cultural spaces in Parkes Shire

Promoting and developing culture in the region

The Parkes Shire provides many natural and man-made cultural spaces for the enjoyment of its residents and visitors.

Council manages purpose built exhibition spaces and museums, for more information visit the museums and galleries page.

The Little Theatre

Parkes' performance theatre complex is centrally located in Bogan Street, across from the Parkes Shire Library & Exhibition Centre and Council's Administration Centre.

The Little Theatre has served the Parkes Music & Drama (M & D) Society since the 1950s undergoing a major redevelopment in 2000 converting the "Little Theatre" into a major arts facility.

The enlarged hall space increased the seating capacity to 199 theatre-style and seating arrangements can be modified to comfortably seat 130 for theatre restaurant format.

The large foyer is suitable for functions and exhibitions. The Theatre also boasts a refreshments bar and fully functional kitchen facilities.

The revamped facility now offers residents of the Parkes Shire a modern, state of the art theatre. Performances are primarily provided by the Parkes M& D Society, and also visiting performers and playwrights.

Council also oversees the Little Theatre Management Committee which involves Councillors, Society members and members of the public for budgeting and long-term financial plans for the operation of the Little Theatre.

To apply to book the facility

Contact details for booking the Little Theatre are available on the Parkes M&D website's Contacts page.

The Wiradjuri Amphitheatre

Learn about the local indigenous culture of the Wiradjuri people at the amphitheatre facility at the southern side of Bushman's Hill. Marvel at the indigenous artwork created by local Wiradjuri artists, take in the ambience and spirituality of the site. Explore the newly established Wiradjuri Garden named 'Garradyang'. The garden Designed by garden showcases plantings commonly used by the Wiradjuri people in their day to day life.

Location: Access from Wentworth Street, Parkes.

To book this facility for a performance or function, contact Parkes Shire Council on 02 6861 2333 or visit the Facility Booking section of our website.

Cultural Spaces Plan

Lois Randall of Creative Consulting was engaged to gather a comprehensive picture of arts and cultural facilities in the shire, identify strengths, weaknesses and gaps, and develop Parkes Shire's Cultural Spaces Plan.

The Plan has been informed by consultations with over 120 people, Council's Community Plan, 2012 Cultural Forum and additional research. The Plan is inclusive and focused on the whole of Parkes Shire.

Short and longer term recommendations for cultural facilities and projects are included within the Plan, as well as recommendations to fund, develop and manage programs to animate existing and new cultural spaces in the shire.

Council has adopted the Cultural Spaces Plan for Parkes Shire 2014-2023 in-principle and will consider the recommendations against the capacity within the long term financial planning, other prioritised projects and future resources.

The Plan is available for download below:

Parkes Shire Cultural Spaces Plan Executive Summary and Recommendations