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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


The NSW Government is proud to support the 2023 Festival of Bells with a $20,000 grant to run the event.

The Festival of Bells is a bi-annual, inclusive, and accessible experience to be held on the 28 -29 April 2023 in Bathurst. The festival will address the commemorative nature of the Carillon as a War Memorial with a moving Last Post Ceremony on Friday evening, followed on Saturday with a day of entertainment and celebration.

Bathurst is the only place in the world where a Carillon with its fixed bells is located a few metres away from a Cathedral belltower with swinging bells, creating a unique sound when played together.

This event will feature carillonists and bellringers from around the country, together with the very best local adult and school bands, choirs, and ensembles.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the funding will allow for the festival to return to the city.

“After a year of absence, it is exciting to see the festival back up and running,” Mr Toole said.

“This is a growing cultural event for Bathurst and the Central West bringing together a unique collection of bellringers that we don’t often get to hear.”

Stuart Pearson, Founder and Convenor of the Festival of Bells said over 2,500 people attended the inaugural event in 2021.

“We’re expecting huge numbers again this year. It is a free event, so we are very grateful that public and private sponsors such as the NSW Government, Bathurst Regional Council, Family First Bank and Vivability as well as individuals have generously supported this exciting cultural event,” Mr Pearson said.

“Please come and experience the unique sounds of bells, bands, and musical ensembles. The Festival of Bells finale will be an impressive version of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, featuring Bathurst City & RSL Band, Carillon and Anglican Cathedral bells. This performance is definitely one not to miss!”

Bookings can be made through Bathurst Visitors Information Centre.


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