What’s on in Canberra during May 2022

See all the highlights of what’s on across Canberra throughout May 2022, with everything from exhibitions to live theatre, music and more.


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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: at The Q, Queanbeyan, until 22 May. Photo: Kerrie Brewer.

Six the Musical: The “electrifying musical phenomenon” comes to Canberra Theatre Centre, on until 15 May; sixthemusical.com.au

READ MORE: Take 6: with the queens of ‘Six the Musical’; ‘SIX the Musical’ rocks and rules

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Free-Rain Theatre’s production of the musical classic is on at The Q, Queanbeyan, until 22 May; theq.net.au

MoAD: The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House reopened on Thursday 28 April with new permanent exhibition, Democracy DNA: the People, the Prime Ministers and the World. Admission is free, but bookings are essential via moadoph.gov.au

READ MORE: ‘Tremendous sense of occasion’ as MoAD reopens with Democracy DNA

Bigger and Blacker: A variety show featuring Steven Oliver and Michael Griffiths at Belconnen Arts Centre, 5-7 May 8pm; belcoarts.com.au

Adam Harvey: The ever-popular country singer brings his Highway One Tour to the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, Thursday 5 May; cscc.com.au

Bach to Bolling: The Black Tulip Jazz Trio with virtuosic cellist Teije Hylkema play The B (Bicentennial Hall), Queanbeyan, 5 May 8pm; theq.net.au

Kyeema Gallery: This art space at Hall hosts new exhibition A Journey, by Kirandeep Grewal, 5 May to 5 June; capitalwines.com.au

Beaver Galleries: The Deakin gallery hosts an exhibition by GW Bot titled Glyphs – the return of the poet, 5–21 May; beavergalleries.com.au

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Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham play Tallagandra Hill Winery, Gundaroo, 6 May. Photo: supplied.

Tallagandra Hill: Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham bring their Wanna Go There tour to the Gundaroo winery, Friday night 6 May; tallagandrahill.com.au

Royal Military College Band: Play a concert titled Masterworks for Winds at Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 6 May 7pm; Gold coin entry, bookings essential via Eventbrite.

My Cousin Vlad: The online famous satirical comedian brings his new show, People Have Lost It, to Canberra Theatre, Civic, Friday 6 May; mycousinvlad.com

Canberra Potters Emerging Makers Market: The Watson gallery hosts a market ahead of Mother’s Day, 6-8 May (6 May bookings only); canberrapotters.com.au

Dogfight: A “hauntingly beautiful” war musical from Dramatic Productions at Gungahlin Theatre, 6-22 May; stagecenta.com

Artist Talk: Silvi Glattauer presents a talk at Megalo gallery, Kingston on her current exhibition, Renegotiating the Landscape, 4-5 pm, Friday 6 May; megalo.org

Live Baby Live!: The INXS Tribute Show comes to The B (Bicentennial Hall), Queanbeyan, 7 May from 8pm; theq.net.au

Typica Nights: Activating the Manuka Lawns with a series of events on 7 May and 4 June, 7-9pm; events.humantix.com

Mother’s Day Tuscan lunch: The NGA are offering Mother’s Day Tuscan-style lunches in conjunction with Jeffrey Smart, 7-8 and 14-15 May; nga.gov.au

Wiluna: The Fyshwick flower studio and event space host a Mother’s Day market Saturday 7 May 10am-2pm; wiluna.com.au

Haig Park Village Markets: Host a special event for Mother’s Day Sunday 8 May 8.30-2pm; haigparkvillagemarkets.com.au

Canberra International Music Festival: The legendary 10-day festival features 41 events at venues across the ACT, until Sunday 8 May; cimf.org.au

READ MORE: 2022 Canberra International Music Festival explores ‘polarity’

Australian Dance Week 2022: Ausdance ACT host a series of events across town for people of all ages and abilities to 8 May; Ausdance.org.au

Sensory Art Lab: An interactive art experience for kids of all ages (accompanied by an adult). Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon, to 8 May. Free, but bookings recommended; agac.com.au

Canberra Tree Week: The Australian National Botanic Gardens host a series of events to 8 May; parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens

Growing in the Gardens: An art exhibition by the Botanical Art Group at the Visitor Centre, Australian National Botanical Gardens, continues until 8 May; free entry.

Old Bus Depot Markets: The much-loved markets have returned to the Old Bus Depot in Kingston every Sunday 9.30am-2.30pm; obdm.com.au

Wesley Lunchtime Concert: ANU students perform Baroque, Spanish and Latin American Works for Guitar at the Forrest venue, 11 May 12.40-1.20pm; trybooking.com/BYANJ

Side by Side: Taikoz’s latest production with five new works at Belconnen Arts Centre, 13-14 May 8pm; belcoarts.com.au

A Night at The Proms: The Platinum Jubilee Celebration comes to The B (Bicentennial Hall, Queanbeyan, 13 May from 7pm; theq.net.au

ANU Classics Museum: Free tours conducted by voluntary guides on the second Friday of each month at 12.30pm in the A D Hope Building, ANU; call 0438 883 373.

The Mara! Big Band – Zashto?: Gyspy Brass meets jazz big band at The Street, City West, Friday 13 May 7.30pm; thestreet.org.au

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, 14 May 8pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU; aco.com.au

Culture Clubs: An exhibition featuring posters from the Megalo archives at Megalo Print Studio, Kingston, 14 May – 25 June; megalo.org

Craft ACT: Host new exhibitions Home Grown and Tension(s) 2020, at their Civic gallery, until 14 May; craftact.org.au

Queanbeyan Palerang Heritage Festival: An opportunity to celebrate the unique history of the region, continues to 14 May; qprc.nsw.gov.au

Hotel Sorrento: The Australian modern classic performed by Canberra REP at Canberra REP Theatre, Acton until 14 May; canberrarep.org.au

Celeste Barber: The Australian comedienne extraordinaire will perform her show Fine, Thanks at Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Sunday 15 May; celestebarber.com

Aarwun Gallery: Hosts exhibition Sisters by Alice, Sophie, and Lucy Pulvers, until 15 May at the Gold Creek gallery; aarwungallery.com

Spanish Film Festival: See the best cinema from Spain and Latin America at Palace Electric, until 15 May. Schedule and tickets: spanishfilmfestival.com/sessions/canberra

Jeffrey Smart: The NGA’s new major exhibition celebrating 100 years since the birth of the iconic Australian artist is open until 15 May 2022; nga.gov.au

READ MORE: NGA’s ‘Jeffrey Smart’ sums up a life in art

Belconnen Arts Centre: Hosts new exhibition, Precious by Cam Michael, until 15 May; belcoarts.com.au

Historic Memorials Collection: Australian Parliament House is celebrating 110 years of the collection by exhibiting rarely seen items in the Public Exhibition Area until 15 May; aph.gov.au

Australian National Museum of Education: Celebrates 25 years with Michael Kirby AC CMG delivering a lecture 16 May, 5.30pm at the National Library of Australia; bit.ly/3EwBFuu.

Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte’s gothic tale brought to life from 17-21 May at the Playhouse, Civic; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

CSO: Perform Llewellyn Series – Miracles in The Age of Reason 18-19 May 7.30pm, at Llewellyn Hall, ANU; cso.org.au/miracles

Wednesday Lunchtime Concert: Presents Narratives and Liturgies, featuring Pianist Jacob Wu, 18 May 12.40-1.20pm; trybooking.com/BYANM

Oh What A Night!: A blockbuster musical revue honouring Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, 18 May; cscc.com.au

Rebus Theatre: Inner Climate, an interactive theatrical exploration of climate change, until 18 May at venues around Canberra; rebustheatre.com

Under the Bonnet: Lightbulb Improv present an unscripted comedy set in the world as Jane Austen knew it at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic, 19-21 May; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Meloria: A performance from the Australian Wind Symphony at The B (Bicentennial Hall), Queanbeyan, 19 May from 7.30pm; theq.net.au

Jimeoin Live: The Irish funnyman comes to The B (Bicentennial Hall), Queanbeyan, 20 May from 8pm; theq.net.au

Rebel: A live circus rock tribute to the original rebel, David Bowie, at Belconnen Arts Centre 20-21 May; belcoarts.com.au

Artist’s dinner night: landscape painter Ted Lewis, in conversation with Richard Morecroft at Aarwun Gallery, Gold Creek, 20 May from 6.30pm; $98 via aarwungallery.com

Tallagandra Hill: The Gundaroo vineyard hosts Mahalia Barnes and The Soul Mates Saturday 21 May 7pm; tallagandrahill.com.au

Blamey Street Big Band: A 20th anniversary Musical Walk Through the Years gala concert, 21 May, 7pm at the Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah; Eventbrite.

Erasers: The WA duo tour their latest album Constant Connection, and will be supported by Low Flung at Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon, 21 May 6.30pm; Humantix.

The Story & Songs of Billy Joel – My Life: A tribute show to the Piano Man himself starring Anthony Mara at Bicentennial Hall, Queanbeyan, 21-22 May 8pm; theq.net.au

Rick Price: The Australian singer-songwriter brings his Soulville tour to Smith’s Alternative, City West, 21 May; smithsalternative.com

John Paul Young: The 1970s pop icon performs new show 50 Years Young at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, 21 May; cscc.com.au

Kippax Marketplace: Indoor market to run 3rd Saturday of every month, 8am-12pm, at Kippax Uniting Church Community Centre; free entry.

Art Song Canberra: Their next concert by Koen van Stade and Neal Peres da Costa, entitled Schubert and Schiller, Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 22 May 3pm; trybooking.com/BYEPT

ANCA Gallery: The Dickson gallery hosts Material Language by Sylvia Griffin, Sue Pedley & Penny Coss until 22 May; anca.net.au

Photoaccess: The Griffith gallery hosts three new exhibitions from local artists Between Hope and Despair, Eating Wild Weeds, and Archive Apparitions, until 21 May; photoaccess.org.au

Ainslie Salon Autumn Series: A host of homegrown and interstate musicians play Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Braddon, 21 & 28 May; agac.com.au

Art Song Canberra: Their next concert by Koen van Stade and Neal Peres da Costa, entitled Schubert and Schiller, Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 22 May 3pm; trybooking.com/BYEPT

ANCA Gallery: The Dickson gallery hosts Material Language by Sylvia Griffin, Sue Pedley & Penny Coss until 22 May; anca.net.au

Dogfight: A “hauntingly beautiful” war musical from Dramatic Productions at Gungahlin Theatre, until 22 May; stagecenta.com

Meg Mac: One of Australia’s most powerhouse vocalists plays Canberra Theatre, Civic, 23 May 7.30pm; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Let It Be Live: A 50th anniversary performance of The Beatles’ final studio album by Darren Middleton, Mark Wilson, Davey Lane, and Kram at Canberra Theatre, 24 May 7.30pm; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

2022 German Film Festival: Will take place 25 May to 19 June at Palace Electric, New Acton; germanfilmfestival.com.au

21 Forster St: A local production set in Bungendore from Kate Walder at The Q Theatre, Queanbeyan, 26 May to 4 June; theq.net.au

Become The One: An award-winning romantic comedy featuring two vibrant, lovable characters at Belconnen Arts Centre, 26-27 May; belcoarts.com.au

Book launch: Margot La Fontaine’s A High Country Romance at Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, 26 May 5-7pm; RSVP to 6295 6723.

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The Quantum Leap ensemble perform in Terra Firma at the Playhouse, Civic, 26-28 May. Photo: Lorna Sim.

QL2 Dance: presents the Quantum Leap ensemble in Terra Firma at the Playhouse, Civic, 26-28 May; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Coward Punch: A verse play that explores anger and grief by CJ Bowerbird livestreamed online from The Street, City West, 27 May, 5pm; thestreet.org.au

ArtSound FM Radiothon: Canberra’s arts and music community radio station hosts its annual on-air fundraiser 27 May to 5 June; artsound.fm

Elton Out Of The Closet®: This live Elton John tribute show is bringing Vegas to the Village Centre at the National Arboretum Canberra, 27 May 2022; stickytickets.com.au/OCA1C

Urzila Carlson: The Kiwi/South African comic brings her brand-new show, It’s Personal, to Canberra Theatre, Civic, 27-28 May; urzilacarlson.com

Tallagandra Hill: The Gundaroo vineyard hosts The Badloves with King Canyon Saturday 28 May 7pm; tallagandrahill.com.au

Fleetwood Mac Show: Performed by tribute band Running in The Shadows at Bicentennial Hall, Queanbeyan, 28 May 8pm; theq.net.au

Reconciliation Day Eve Concert: Is back, featuring a bumper line-up including Briggs, Pheno, and more, at Canberra Theatre, Civic, 29 May 6.30pm; canberratheatrecentre.com.au


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