The Canberra International Music Festival 2022 program has officially been announced and will include a ten-day itinerary running from 29 April to 8 May with a total of 41 events, including 22 unique concerts and nine free events.

This year, the festival’s theme is ‘Pole to Pole’, inviting attendees on a musical adventure around the globe, exploring important themes of global community during a time of strain.

“The world is a place full of contrasts, a place full of huge diversity and our theme, Pole to Pole, aims to celebrate this,” says Artistic Director of the Canberra International Music Festival, Roland Peelman.

“From the tropics to the poles, from the mountains to the deserts, people have always looked for ways to traverse the difficult spots and, finding new routes to venture through, while enjoying the comfort of our coastal tracks. Next year’s festival is about those routes. It’s about those tracks, those trails, and what we discover along the way; the wonders of nature.”

The program will be full of contrast, with early music from Spain, new music from Australia, the very best of European traditions and music from the Middle East and Poland. There will also be a number of free events such as Ears Up Dog Concert, a concert for pups and their owners, specially attuned pitch material for hyper-sensitive ears, and Daily Drill, a series of free lunchtime concerts at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.

“Taking people outside their comfort zone – this is the essence of what a festival is,” says Peelman.

“A festival is about creating a new musical experience that breaks the humdrum of routine and challenges the norm. It’s very exciting to see that Canberra can offer such a different context and is prepared to throw out the old rule book. Come autumn, Canberra is the place to be and the reason is this festival.”


Tickets are now on sale, see the full program: