Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC)

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre – or CPAC – is the premiere theatre destination in the Hunter Valley, and plays an integral role in the cultural life of the Cessnock Local Government Area. The complex comprises a 466 seat theatre with stalls and tiered seating, foyer, two large rooms suited to a variety of uses including meetings, presentations and workshops, a small meeting room and two outdoor performance areas. Since opening on November 22, 2008 the centre has not only built a loyal audience for concerts and plays, it has also shown itself as a significant player in audience development and community engagement.


CPAC is committed to providing access to a diverse and challenging program of performing arts activities, cultural development programs and community-focused events. This program is comprised of a broad range of professional concerts, drama, music and comedy representing the best of state, interstate and international performers. The centre is a cultural hub for the Local Government Area – hosting community events for Seniors Week and NAIDOC Week; local schools events; Council events such as the Mayoral Academic Challenge, the Mayoral Debate and Citizenship Ceremonies.