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Dance and Circus Workshop

Cootharinga in partnership with Access Arts is proud to come together with Casus Creations, Dancenorth, and Circus Pandemonium to present MERRY-GO-ROUND

MERRY-GO-ROUND is a four-day dance and circus workshop open to people with a disability (18+). Over the four days you will have the opportunity to get creative as you explore dance and circus skills, ending with a fun showing at The May Wirth as part of the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA). 

Workshop dates and times

When:   Monday 27 June - Thursday 30 June
               10.00 am - 4.00 pm daily
Where:  Northreach Baptist Centre, 38 Canterbury Road, Kirwan, QLD
What to bring: A water bottle, comfortable clothing, lunch/snacks 
Accessibility: Fully accessible venue. Accessible parking is available onsite, from Canterbury Rd. Accessible drop-off and pick-up point for participants is available at the carpark

Final showing dates and times

When:   Friday 1 July
               3.30 pm practice run
               5.30 pm show starts
Where:  The May Wirth, Jezzine Barracks
               19 Isley Street, North Ward, QLD
What to bring: A water bottle and a black shirt for the showing
Accessibility: Fully accessible venue. Accessible parking on Mitchell St. Accessible drop-off and pick-up point for participants is on Mitchell Street near Entrance #2

If you require an accessible seat or assistance for the Friday 1 June Showing, please ensure you email the team at after you have purchased your tickets.


To be eligible you must be

  • 18 years and over
  • Identify as experiencing disability and/or someone who is d/Deaf
  • Have an NDIS plan
What is the NDIS charge

The cost for Merry Go Round workshops is up to 30 hours of 1:3 community based support. Different community based support ratios are available by request if required.

How to apply
  • Complete the below application form by Friday 3 June or download and complete one of the downloadable application forms below and return to with 'Merry-Go-Round' in the subject by Friday 3 June
  • We will be in contact with you shortly after we receive your application to discuss a spot within the workshop along with any support or requirements to participate

MERRY-GO-ROUND Application Form


Your application will not be processed if you answer 'no' to any of the following questions.


By submitting this form, I confirm that I, the applicant/guardian of the applicant certify that: The statements in this application are true and correct to the best of my knowledge. If successful, • I consent to CootharingaAccess Arts releasing information about my participation in the program to the media for promotional purposes • I consent to Cootharinga using photographs and video footage taken of me during MERRY-GO-ROUND • I consent to taking part in an evaluation of MERRY-GO-ROUND.


MERRY-GO-ROUND is presented by Cootharinga in partnership with Access Arts.

Led by world class Queensland artists from Casus Creations, Dancenorth, and Circus Pandemonium. 

Cootharinga is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Thank you to our supporters