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.
Wolfgang presented by C!RCA
6 Oct, 2018
Featuring mischievous acrobats and a musician, Wolfgang reinvents the composer’s magical music with a circus twist.
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.
Letters to Lindy
18 Aug, 2018
Filled with humour and heartbreak, this stunning work by playwright Alana Valentine explores the public’s relationship with one of Australia’s most iconic figures – Lindy Chamberlain.
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.
Djamarlak Bongiliny Bongiliny Dancers
7 Jul, 2018
The White Cockatoo dance has been sleeping for many years in the Beswick region. This project showcases younger members of the community who have learned the White Cockatoo story from elders.
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!
Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow 2018
19 May, 2018
Buckle up Katherine! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is back on the bus, hitting the road to deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival!
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.
Danny Murphy in Conversation
12 Nov, 2017
To coincide with the opening of our latest exhibition Murphy Collective, join us for a special ‘In Conversation’ with local potter Danny Murphy.
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.
Poetry in Action
5 Sep, 2017
Poetry in Action is Australia’s premier Theatre-in-Education company, dedicated to bringing poetry to life through performance.
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.
Troppo presented by C!RCA
13 Aug, 2017
Internationally renowned Brisbane-based company C!RCA creates powerful circus that challenges, thrills and delights. Back in Katherine for the third successive year, Circa presents Troppo.
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.
Public Discussion – Future WOW Festivals and events
25 Jul, 2017
WOW Katherine 2016 – what have been the benefits to you?
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.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2017
20 May, 2017
Buckle up Katherine, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the road to home deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival!
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.
Mr Takahashi (and other falling secrets)
1 Mar, 2017
This free performance is presented by Corrugated Iron Youth Arts and JUTE Theatre Company as part of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin.
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.
Cinema on the Lawns
14 Sep, 2016
A satellite event direct from the Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF)! An outdoor screening of short films by Australian female writers and directors.
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.
Romeo & Juliet
28 Jul, 2016
Melbourne City Ballet’s portrayal of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet tells the story of two young lovers who were born into rival families, the Montagues & Capulets, in Verona, Italy.
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.
15 Jun, 2016
Scripted from Harney’s many books, radio broadcasts and personal papers, as well as Jan’s research journeys, Bilarni tells of an ‘uneducated’ Northern Territory bushman who returned from World War One to live amongst the local Indigenous people: as a l …
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!
Wardaman Rock Art Tour with Yidumduma Bill Harney
7 May, 2016
Join Yidumduma Bill Harney as he guides an exclusive tour of important rock art sites in remote Wardaman country (south-west of Katherine).
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.
WOW Festival 2016 ‘Think-in’
5 Mar, 2016
On International Women’s Day we will celebrate with an afternoon tea and ‘Think-in’ for the 2016 WOW Women of the World Festival (16 – 18 September). Come along and tell us what you’d like to experience at WOW Katherine 2016.
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.
Head Full of Love
13 Sep, 2015
Head Full of Love is the story of two remarkable women and the unlikely but inspiring friendship which forms between them during the Alice Springs Beanie Festival.
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.
Learning to Listen in the Land of the Lightning People
15 Aug, 2015
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.
NAIDOC Ball 2015
11 Jul, 2015
Celebrate NAIDOC Week with the NAIDOC Ball on Saturday 11 July from 7pm – midnight.
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.
Cross Cultural Star Gazing on the Mound
23 May, 2015
As the dry season gets underway, please join us to celebrate our beautiful clear skies by attending a star gazing session led by Bill Yidumduma Harney and astronomer Geoff Carr.
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
Garnkiny to Ganyu: Public program
2 May, 2015
We are excited about the rare and valuable opportunity for this knowledge to be shared in our community.
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.
Writing Workshop – Katherine Thomson
30 Aug, 2014
A writing workshop on character and story presented by multi-award winning playwright and screenwriter, Katherine Thomson.
The Shadow King
26 Aug, 2014
Shakespeare’s King Lear reinterpreted – a Northern Territory tale of greed, pride and ambition.
15 Aug, 2014
This moving story is about an unlikely friendship between an Aboriginal girl and a young girl from the RAAF Base Tindal.
5 Jul, 2014
A bar ‘somewhere in the middle of nowhere’. A retired shearer, a retired ringer and a young barman serving them. Not much happens in this ‘never ending nothingness’ except on this Saturday night, something big is going to happen.
Tom E. Lewis Beneath the Sun
8 May, 2014
Tom E. Lewis has just released his latest album Beneath the Sun to critical acclaim.
9 Apr, 2014
National Youth Homelessness Matters Day. Come and watch young locals surf the couches!!
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.
1 Mar, 2014
Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) are touring nationally throughout 2014 with their self titled and long awaited show Djuki Mala.
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.
Curatorial and Exhibition Practice Workshop
19 Nov, 2013
Join Angus and Rose Cameron from Nomad Art Productions for a talk about curating the Djalkiri exhibition, that has toured nationally for three years.
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.
Dyson, Stringer and Cloher
24 Aug, 2013
Three powerhouses of the Australian music scene come together to create an incredible one-off Northern Territory tour.
Katherine Fringe Festival – Open Air Cinema
23 Jun, 2013
Bring your blankets, popcorn and fizz and snuggle down to an evening of short films.
Katherine Fringe Festival – Kid’s Day
23 Jun, 2013
What better way to spend a dry season Sunday morning than at a family day on the deck at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre.
Go Jane Go
7 Apr, 2013
Internationally renowned Bluegrass group, straight from the 2013 Byron Bay Blues Festival.
28 Aug, 2012
Caravan Burlesque fuses Parisian nightclub with jaw dropping cabaret and seductive spectacle, tipping a velvet wink to Australia’s wild past of touring vaudville & variety shows.