What’s Happening in Canberra January 2022?

See all the highlights of what’s happening across Canberra throughout January 2022, from exhibitions to live theater, music and more.


what happens in the January 2022 Australian of the Year exhibition NMA
2022 This year’s Australian exhibition at the National Museum until 14 February. Photo: Denholm Samaras.

NMA: Ancient Greeks: Athletes, warriors and heroes at the National Museum of Australia, until May 1, 2022; nma.gov.au

MoAD: Watch the best political cartoons of 2021 in the latest Behind the Lines exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House; moad.gov.au

Trevor Dickinson: The acclaimed artist’s new exhibition Fresh Canberra classics at The Front CafĂ©, Lyneham until January 3; frontgallerycafe.com

Warehouse circus: Host their circus school holiday programs at their Chifley and Kaleen gyms 3-28. January; warehousecircus.org.au

Summernats 34: All the gasoline-powered excitement a reef head could ask for at EPIC, Mitchell, 6-9. January; summernats.com.au

Australian Exhibition of the Year 2022: With a personal item from each state and territory 2022 Australian of the Year at the National Museum until 14 February: nma.gov.au

Aarwun Gallery: The Gold Creek Art Room hosts the Ken Knights 2021 Exhibition Flow & Ebbe, until January 9; aarwungallery.com

Sooshi Mango: The social media superstar comedy troupe brings their long awaited Out of the boat trip to Canberra Theater Center, 12.-14. January; tegdainty.com

Transit start: The Canberra live music institution reopens in the style of local bands Slow Dial, The Narcissists and Box Dye at their new Civic location on January 12 at. 8pm and a host of other shows throughout January; Moshtix.

Canberra Potters: Host exhibition Twisted nature by artists Anna O’Neale and Mahala Hill in their Watson Gallery, January 13 to February 6; canberrapotters.com.au

Canberra Metal Fest: A three-day benefit concert, donated to Headspace Canberra, in The Basement, Belconnen, 13-15. January; thebasementcanberra.oztix.com.au

Pirates of Penzance: A comic and dramatic production written by Gilbert and Sullivan, 14-22. January at Theater 3, Acton; canberrarep.org.au

what happens in January 2022 Pirates of Penzance
Pirates of Penzance at Theater 3, Acton 14-22. January.

Circus of Illusion: An evening of fun for everyone, young and old, with two performances at the Canberra Theater Center, Sunday 16 January; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

National Portrait Gallery: That Living Memory – National Photography Portrait Prize the exhibition has been extended to 16 January 2022; portrait.gov.au

CCAS: The Parkes Gallery hosts the exhibition Timeline by Alex Asch and Pat Hoffie curated by David Broker until January 16, 2022; ccas.com.au

Magic Beach: A stage adaptation of the Alison Lester classic at the Canberra Theater, 22-23. January; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Brenda L. Croft: Shows her mixed media installation ‘handmade / held / grounded’ at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Civic, until January 22; cmag.com.au

Are we dead yet ?: Sydney photographer Stephen Dupont’s eerily beautiful exhibition continues at aMBUSH Gallery, ANU, until January 23; ambushgallery.com

Kyeema Gallery: The Hall venue is hosting a new exhibition Pharus by Stephen Harrison until January 24; capitalwines.com.au

Australian perspectives: The NMA brings Steph Tisdell, Professor Clare Wright and Saroo Brierley together for an online learning program on January 24 at 10:00; digital-classroom.nma.gov.au/australian-perspectives

Australia’s Capital Day: Culminating with fireworks over the lake, an all-day entertainment for the whole family will take place at Regatta Point and Patrick White Lawns at Lake Burley Griffin on January 26; act.australiaday.org.au

what happens on January 2022 Australia Day Canberra
Australia’s Capital Day, 26 January 2022. File image.

Smoke screen: A play by Christopher Samuel Carroll about the dark art of manipulating the message of The Q, Queanbeyan, January 26 to February 5; theq.net.au

Folk Dance Canberra: Come for free and try this afternoon in Folk Dance Canberra Hall, Hackett, January 29 at. 14.30-16.30; folkdancecanberra.org.au

Ant Middleton: The Chief Instructor at Channel 7’s SAS Australia brings his Mind Over Muscle Tour to Llewellyn Hall, ANU, January 30; tegdainty.com

NLA: The National Library of Australia is hosting the exhibition Illustrates the antipodes: George French Angas in Australia and New Zealand 1844-1845, until January 30; nla.gov.au

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Center: Contains an amazing line-up of local and interstate musicians at the A + G Gorman Sessions and Ainslie Salon concert series, including Aphir, HTRK, Rasa Daukus, Lilly Morris + more; agac.com.au


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