The headlines that made 2022

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. So here’s a summary of the year that was for you to reflect on over the holidays.

It’s that time once again when we look back at the news headlines that defined the previous 12 months.

Remember how we started the year full of enthusiasm and hope, convinced that the ravages of 2020-21 were surely behind us?

Now, as we stumble towards the finish line of the year, the arts sector seems collectively exhausted: because of every delayed event from the last two years suddenly seeming to happen all at once, by the challenges and constraints of working in the midst of pandemic-normal, and because of the repressed trauma of 2020 and 2021 slowly bubbling up to the surface.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts