Australia Day In The Capital

Join us at Australia Day in the Capital

25 & 26 January 2022 - Commonwealth Park

This Australia Day Canberrans are encouraged to come together to on Ngunnawal country to Reflect, Respect and Celebrate the Australian experience, from its origins millennia ago to today.  

Reflect: on our histories, our connections, our lands 
Respect: our traditions, our cultures, our peoples 
Celebrate:  our future, our survival, our voice 

This event will commence with projections onto the National Carillon from 23 January featuring Australian of the Year recipients to acknowledge and reflect on the accomplishments of our people.  Take a walk under the stars and visit some of our National Attractions - National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the National Archives of Australia as they come alive and are lit up with warm hues, reflecting the colours of the campfire, an invitation to Canberra, to sit together and share stories.

Join us at Nerang Pool, Commonwealth Park on the evening of 25 January for a meaningful First Nations Event, and from 10.30am on 26 January for engaging displays of cultural diversity across multiple stages and food tents located at Commonwealth Park. Activities will conclude with a family friendly concert at the National Museum of Australia featuring Busby Marou. 

For more information on the program please click here.

 Location Map    Event Program

Please note due to COVID, the events may be subject to change, please check our website for the most up to date information and follow our Facebook and Twitter social media accounts for updates. 


Throughout our event program there will be opportunities for moments of reflections, to invite open and honest conversations with First Families, to pay respect to our traditional custodians, to listen and to learn, as we take another step towards reconciliation in our country. Aboriginal culture will be shared through dance, song and storytelling, inviting audiences to reflect upon the richness of the longest living culture in the world and celebrate the individuals talents of extraordinary performers.


Canberra is rich with many cultures and embraces diversity and inclusivity. The Australia Day in the Capital event program revels in the diversity of contemporary Australia, celebrating the many waves of migration that have contributed our shared cultural heritage, adding to the rich tapestry of Canberra. There will be many moving stories from participating artists, inviting us to reflect on what it means to be Australian and pay respect to individual journies. We have all come from somewhere and Australia Day is an opportunity to celebrate that journey.


Roving performers, delicious food and vibrant artists that provide an insight into the many fascinating cultures that make up Australia can all be found within the event program. Celebrate our mixed ancestry and embrace First Nations and global cultures through conversation, food, workshops, song, dance and music. With something for all ages it's an oppportunity for Canberra to come together and enjoy diverse local talent in ways that feel appropriate to each of us as individuals.


The health and safety of everyone at Australia Day in the Capital 2022 is our priority. When attending the event with your family or group please adhere to COVID safe guidelines. We encourage everyone to spread out, and don't forget to use the CheckIn CBR app. To ensure the health and safety of all attendees, stay home when unwell, maintain physical distancing, and ensure healthy hygiene practices, both in the lead up to and across the two day event. We recommend that you wear a mask if you can’t physically distance from others while at the event, such as near food vans or toilets.











We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people.

We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and region.