Past Events & Performances
Godinyamayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre holds a wide range of events & performances. The multi-purpose space has hosted meetings, performances, celebrations and conferences for many local and Territory wide organisations.
In 2013, 2014 & 2016, the Women of the World Festival was held in Katherine.
The Mary Kunyi Legacy – Meet the Artists
6 Apr, 2019
Meet the artists working at Merrepen Art Centre who are keeping the Mary Kunyi Legacy alive
Caiti Baker – Beyond the Dust
23 Mar, 2019
ArtbackNT presents a must-see music performance from the Territory’s own Caiti Baker.
15 Sep, 2018
Bilarni is storytelling theatre from one of Australia’s renowned storyteller musicians, Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky. The show tracks the life of WE (Bill) Harney (1895–1962): the greatest yarn-spinner of them all.
The String Contingent
31 Aug, 2018
The String Contingent are headed for Katherine with a live performance which promises to be a joyful combination of precision, refinement and beauty, balanced with visceral energy and drive.
The Beginning of Nature presented by Australian Dance Theatre
11 Aug, 2018
Weaving together live music and astonishingly powerful contemporary dance, The Beginning of Nature is a compelling and ritualistic work from world-renowned Australian Dance Theatre.
Carmen presented by Melbourne City Ballet
3 Aug, 2018
For a third year the Melbourne City Ballet will return to Katherine with the evocative opera ballet paying homage to the well-known Spanish inspired tragedy Carmen.
SPARK NT Curatorial Symposium
6 Jul, 2018
Ever wondered what a curator actually does? Or how an exhibition comes together? Or perhaps you have an inkling that curating is something you would like to try?
The Kazoos Teddy Bears Picnic
2 Jun, 2018
Big Bear Brown has gone missing and it is up to Professor Silly and Tulip to find him and save the picnic – because what’s a teddy bear’s picnic without your favourite teddy!
Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River
7 Apr, 2018
From the multi-award winning screenwriter of Last Cab to Darwin comes a thrilling new Australian drama, brought to you by the producers and creative team behind Stones in his Pockets and starring Grant Cartwright in the title role (Barracuda).
1 Mar, 2018
Fashion Futures is a fun personal development, education and training program that builds the self-confidence, resilience and ambitions of young Aboriginal women in Katherine.
Pape M’Baye & Chosani Afrique
1 Nov, 2017
Pape M’Baye, and his eight-piece band Chosani Afrique will bring some of the magic of west Africa to Katherine with a night of Latin, reggae and jazz, inspired and led by this uncontainable master percussionist.
In Between Two
21 Sep, 2017
Experience the storytelling, music and performance of Joelistics’ Joel Ma and Sietta’s James Mangohig as they explore the soundtrack of their mixed heritage.
31 Aug, 2017
Closer Than We Know: Comparing the Rock Art of Australia and Western North America
Serina Pech – Katherine EP launch
17 Aug, 2017
Serina Pech has been writing beautiful original music since she was 12. Equipped with her endearing and quirky personality, captivates audiences by breaking the barrier between musician and listener with her raw and honest lyrics.
3 Aug, 2017
Filled with dance, music, songs, stories and a spectacular light show, Saltbush follows two friends on a journey through the Australian landscape as seen through Indigenous culture and language; from river country to an urban landscape, through desert and sea.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
28 Jul, 2017
Melbourne City Ballet returns to Katherine with their newest season performance; a magical, neoclassical ballet interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tale A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Drag Queen Stole My Dress – Gillian English
19 Jul, 2017
This autobiographical tale from Canada’s comedienne Gillian English tells the story of love, loss, casino showgirls, Australians, and a solitary drag queen with kleptomania.
Katherine Tales – Tall, Twisted and True
1 Jul, 2017
Katherine Tales – Tall, Twisted and True tells the story of Territory Day in quintessential and wacky Katherine (Big Rivers) style.
The Grey Panthers – Caravan
8 Apr, 2017
Australia’s longest established senior dance troupe, the Grey Panthers, will leave their home in Darwin to travel down the Stuart Highway to Katherine for the first time, bringing their down-to-earth humour, infectious joy and dare-to-be attitude.
Apologies to Roadkill: Shaun Gladwell
4 Feb, 2017
Apologies to Roadkill: life and death in contemporary Australian art exhibiting artist Shaun Gladwell will be at GYRACC to present a free public talk on Saturday 4 February from 2-3pm.
WOW Women of the World Festival 2016
16 Sep, 2016
Join women from across the Katherine region, the Territory and Australia as we celebrate the achievements of women and girls and also come together to talk about the obstacles that prevent women from achieving their potential.
Liz Stringer – ‘All The Bridges’ Album Launch
4 Sep, 2016
Melbourne’s Liz Stringer is launching her stunning new full-length album, All The Bridges, with a full band on Sunday 4 September at Godinymayin.
16 Aug, 2016
A car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife. An isolated woman, struggling to stay intact.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2016
9 Jul, 2016
Performing for one night only and for the first time in Katherine, this travelling band of intrepid funny-makers is taking over Australia one town at a time!
Katherine Beat 2016 ‘Riversong’
17 Jun, 2016
Katherine Beat 2016 ‘Riversong’ is a showcase of creative talent, including music, storytelling, dance and theatre, from primary and secondary aged students of Katherine and the surrounding remote communities.
Beyond presented by C!RCA
10 Jun, 2016
There is a line between human and animal, between madness and sanity, between logic and dream… We invite you to step over this line… and go Beyond.
K-town’s Dance Massive Public Workshops
4 Jun, 2016
We would like to invite you to participate in the 2016 K-town’s Dance Massive!
16 Apr, 2016
Sugarland returns to Katherine where it first began to kick off a national tour following sold out shows at the Darwin Festival in 2014 and critical acclaim for performances in Sydney.
Aboriginal Comedy Allstars
19 Mar, 2016
The Aboriginal Comedy Allstars is cheeky, playful, irreverent, and hilarious. An utterly unique comedy experience – great, big belly laughs from the heart of the wide brown land.
What was God doing for 60,000 years? (Free Public Lecture)
17 Oct, 2015
The presentation, illustrated with multimedia including contemporary and ancient art, photography and short video clips, will help you learn about the complexity of Aboriginal religion and its similarity to world religions, and what this means in a modern context.
18 Sep, 2015
Four battle hardened Bboys push the boundaries of their artform using its movement, gestures and energy to challenge, communicate and celebrate the culture of hip hop.
Wunderkammer presented by C!RCA
27 Aug, 2015
C!RCA has created a boutique contemporary artform from the traditional languages of circus.
46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes presented by C!RCA
27 Aug, 2015
Wherever C!RCA has taken its breathtaking, heart stopping show, audiences have flocked to see the impossible happen.
Melbourne City Ballet
30 Jul, 2015
Under Artistic Director Michale Pappalardo, four of the company’s dancers will present two pieces, the second a world premiere, Four Seasons.
NAIDOC Ball 2015
11 Jul, 2015
Celebrate NAIDOC Week with the NAIDOC Ball on Saturday 11 July from 7pm – midnight.
Christa Hughes – Vagabond Vamp
8 Jun, 2015
Singing sensation and cabaret star Christa Hughes returns to Katherine straight from the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. You’ll revel in a wild night with Christa.
2 Jun, 2015
Teranga, meaning hospitality in the Wolof language of Senegal, is a group that delights in giving its audiences a warm welcome into their music.
Circus Kathmandu with Corrugated Iron’s Flying Gypsies and Circus Maximus
9 May, 2015
From the top of the world to the Top End – Circus Kathmandu together with Corrugated Iron
15 Apr, 2015
Energetic, brilliant and playful, Spyglass Gypsies present a modern take on the traditional gypsy jazz style.
Sammy J and Randy
16 Mar, 2015
Sammy J and Randy are two of the most sought after comics in Australia. Audiences around the globe adore the quirky one-man/one-puppet show.
Peter Combe… Australia’s Original King of the Kids
22 Sep, 2014
Peter Combe has been entertaining Australian children (and adults!) since the 1980’s with songs such as ‘Newspaper Mama’, ‘Chopsticks’ and ‘Wash Your Face in Orange Juice (Mr Clicketty Cane)’.
Writing Workshop – Katherine Thomson
30 Aug, 2014
A writing workshop on character and story presented by multi-award winning playwright and screenwriter, Katherine Thomson.
23 Aug, 2014
Seychelles islander Grace Barbé presents a colourful and energetic fusion of tropical island rhythms with African percussion, reggae, pop, rock and Latin flavours.
15 Aug, 2014
This moving story is about an unlikely friendship between an Aboriginal girl and a young girl from the RAAF Base Tindal.
Dust of Uruzgan
21 May, 2014
In 2011 Smith returned from 18 months in Uruzgan Province, southern Afghanistan with a collection of songs he released as the album Dust of Uruzgan. In 2014 the stage show Dust of Uruzgan tours Australia wide.
Tom E. Lewis Beneath the Sun
8 May, 2014
Tom E. Lewis has just released his latest album Beneath the Sun to critical acclaim.
2014 NT Sports Awards Gala Event
29 Mar, 2014
For the first time the prestigious Northern Territory (NT) Sports Awards will be held in Katherine.
WOW ‘Think In’ International Women’s Day
8 Mar, 2014
Hear two inspirational speakers and be part of the conversation and planning for our premier event, WOW – Women of the World Festival – Katherine, September 2014.
Andy Irvine in Concert
8 Feb, 2014
World famous Irish musician, singer and songwriter presents traditional music for the modern world.
Classics in the Gallery
29 Nov, 2013
Katherine Regional Arts and Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre propose a champagne cocktail toast to the beginning of the end of the working year.
In the Land of the Lightning People
7 Sep, 2013
The Top End is one of the last places on earth where rock paintings and engravings are still a vital part of living cultures, and this knowledge gives unique insights into Indigenous rock art everywhere.
Keyim Ba, the African Caravan
27 Aug, 2013
Keyim Ba’s African Caravan brings together Australia’s best West African musicians for an exhilarating musical adventure guaranteed to have you up and dancing.
13 Aug, 2013
Enjoy a 30 minute magical laser guided tour with astronomy enthusiast Geoff Carr at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre outdoor amphitheatre.
Katherine Fringe Festival – Open Air Cinema
23 Jun, 2013
Bring your blankets, popcorn and fizz and snuggle down to an evening of short films.
The Gift of Life
7 Jun, 2013
A heart-felt story about an Indigenous woman who is struggling with end stage kidney disease and follows her journey through the difficult process of dialysis to receiving a kidney transplant.
Chasing the Lollyman
8 Oct, 2012
Chasing the Lollyman is a one man show devised and performed by one of Queensland’s most dynamic and funny Indigenous performers, Mark Sheppard.