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External Shows & Performances

What's On

NIDA is proud to work closely with industry across all our activities. Through our Venue Hire team we provide expert assistance to a large range of organizations, including performing arts schools, theatre companies, festivals and individual artists, around presenting their shows and artistic projects in our theatres and performance spaces.

Here are some of the upcoming events at NIDA that are open to the public for bookings.

Swastik Dance presents: Kathak Mahotsav 

Approximate running time: 2 and a half hours.

A dazzling dance performance capturing the present and the future of Kathak – one of India’s most revered classical art forms – is coming to Sydney this spring.

Produced by Sydney-based Swastik Institute of Dance, Kathak Mahotsav will star India’s most renowned Kathak performer, Pandit Rajendra Gangani, alongside his son and highly accomplished artist, Sanjeet Gangani.

Derived from the word “katha”, which in Hindi means “story”, Kathak is renowned for its mesmerising twirls, mathematically precise footwork, vivid expressions and fluid movements.

Pandit Gangani is no stranger to the Harbour City, having performed to a packed Riverside Theatre in Sydney’s Parramatta in 2016. For his contribution to the field of Kathak, Pandit Rajendra Gangani received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003 from the then president of India APJ Abdul Kalam. The Sangeet Natak Akademi Award is the highest Indian honour given to people in the field of performing arts.

Children: This event is suitable for all ages.

Camera policy: At the request of the presenter, no cameras (video or still) or recording devices are permitted to be used inside the auditorium for this event.

MAYA Youth in Performing Arts presents: Family Rules 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, MAYA Youth in Performing Arts, the presenter of ‘Family rules', and the NIDA Theatres, have found it necessary to rescheduled the performances as follows:

Friday 23rd February 2024 7.30pm – rescheduled for Friday 12th April 2024 7.30pm, Saturday 24th February 2024 6.30pm – rescheduled for Saturday 13th April 2024 6.30pm

What happens to my tickets?
Tickets are valid for the rescheduled date listed above without the need for exchange.

Patrons unable to attend the new date listed above may obtain a full refund. Please contact NIDA Theatre’s Box Office


Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes including an interval.

Picture this - the Kardashians. A bit kooky. A bit out of touch. A bit of old money. But also…a bit of blood and guts. A bit of a crime and legal drama. And a whole lot of arguing. The Varmas are as dysfunctional as they come. But one night out shatters the frame of their blissful lives, with family secrets unravelling, family dynamics tumbling…all whilst social media is abuzz with amusement at the antics of the Varmas.

MAYA has proudly partnered with Menzies HealthLAB, an organisation on a mission to bridge the nine-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. By purchasing this ticket, you are directly contributing to the delivery of personalised health education to remote Indigenous communities, addressing crucial aspects such as well-being, education, and employment opportunities.

Children: This event is suitable for all ages.

Camera policy: At the request of the presenter, no cameras (video or still) or recording devices are permitted to be used inside the auditorium for this event.

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