IT IS almost time for the much anticipated official opening of the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, and the new precinct is promising a day packed with family friendly activities and wonderful displays of arts and culture when its doors open on Saturday July 14.
“From about 1.30 we’ve got the community activities, which begins with two corroborees, then kids’ activities and the opportunity to walk through the complex,” Centre Director Cath Bowdler said.
And there will be some well known names up in lights as the sun goes down.
“The Fire B Boys will be dancing at dusk and Sara Storer will perform as part of the free, semi-acoustic ‘Calling me Home’ concert featuring Tracy Bunn and Leah Flanagan,” Ms Bowdler said.
The entire opening will be an alcohol-free event, designed to welcome in the whole community.
Ms Bowdler said after a long road to fruition, the “proof would be in the pudding” for the culture centre.
She said the launch was going to be an opportunity for people to be able to experience and enjoy the facility for themselves.
“The art work and furniture that has been installed in the last few weeks looks amazing and will complement the ceremonies and performance on the day.”
The Centre’s chairman, Craig Lambert, said the precinct was designed to serve the community.
“The aim of this facility is to develop and nurture all forms of art and culture in Katherine and the surrounding region.
“The program of activities will be broad in nature and will endeavour to include samples of local, regional and interstate art and cultural activities from the widest possible range of stakeholders,” he said.
“It is important that the community have ownership of activities held at the facility and that the focus of these activities is to strengthen the art and culture of our community.”
Katherine’s new Cultural Centre has been under fire in recent times over ongoing funding issues and its hard-to-pronounce name.