NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

Reception Room

The Reception Room is 99m² and can accommodate up to 60 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 100 in cocktail mode.

Overlooking Anzac Parade and the University of New South Wales, the room has floor-to-ceiling windows that can be curtained off for audio-visual presentations.

Cocktail: 100 Meeting:80 Banquet:60
Area size:

Reception Room

About the Reception Room

The NIDA Theatres Reception Room is located at NIDA on Anzac Parade in Kensington, Sydney.
There is high demand for our venues in November and December. If you would like a venue at this time, enquire early to secure a booking.


  • Workshops
  • Meetings
  • Presentations/forums
  • Classes
  • Intimate cocktail and dinner functions
  • Pre- and post-show entertainment

Facilities: Non-technical

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Sink and room for tea and coffee facilities
  • Chairs x 25
  • Tables x 4

Facilities: Technical

  • Lighting and audio facilities
  • CD stereo system
  • Whiteboard

Parade Theatre Gallery


The NIDA Theatres, Reception Room can be curtained off for audio-visual presentations and comes with a 55″ digital whiteboard flat screen television with internet and computer connectivity, 25 chairs, four tables and a CD stereo system.

Catering equipment hire
For further information please contact the Head of NIDA Theatres on (02) 9697 7585 or submit a venue hire enquiry form.

European Catering is our preferred catering partner for events held in our venues. Find out more by selecting the drop-down menu below.

Who are they?

European Catering has been organising events for over 20 years, on behalf of some of Australia’s most renowned corporate and individual clients.

What do they offer?

  • Catering for a range of events, including gala dinners, creative product launches and cocktail parties.
  • Catering for large and small parties.
  • Buffet menus and full sit-down menus.

Why choose them?

  • Innovative catering
  • First-class service


For more information about pricing and menus, visit the European Catering website or call (02) 9317 2733.

Equipment hire costs effective as of 1 January 2015. GST will be added to all charges.

Hire of any equipment listed below is subject to availability and is quoted on a per-day basis. For hires required from 3–7 days, you will be charged for 3 days hire only.

Item Cost Information
Lectern $60  
Microphone – Lapel
Microphone – Hand-held radio
Microphone – Hand-held SM58
or similar
Microphone – Chorus
Microphone – Headset (Madonna)
Microphone – Plate (Tap dancing)



With cord

Set of 6


Mirror ball and motor $20  
Piano hire
– Mid-Grand (Kawai)
Piano move
Piano tuning
72 hours notice required
Vinyl dance floor (Black Tarkett) $250 Parade Theatre and Playhouse
Plus additional labour costs
Portable stage $200 Pro-Stage 8 x 4m
Projector screen $400 Ratio 4:3
– Overall size 6300mm x 4770mm
– Image size 6100mm x 4570mm
Ratio 16:9
– Overall size 8320mm x 4770mm
– Image size 8120mm x 4570mm
Wireless headset comms $100 Per headset
Projector $600 5000 ANSI Lumin Single Chip DLP Projector
(Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Space)
Projector $1400 Barco GLM 8000 ANSI Lumen, wide lens available.
(Parade Theatre)
LED Wash Lights (4 available) $125 per unit
$500 all 4
VLX moving head LED wash lights
Smoke machine
MDG hazer
Aqua fog (dry ice machine)
Aqua fog pellets
Fluid included

Upon request. Can supply own pellets

Trestle tables $20 Limited number available