5 new things to do in 2022
We have a brand new empty page in front of us, what will we do with it? Ready to plan the new year ahead ? Sure, there will be some things that remain the same – like Netflix, coffee and international calls with KeepCalling 😉 – but for most of us, a new year is a time to embark on new adventures (even in pandemic times, why not). So we have compiled a list of new things to do in 2022, and make the most of this year.
1. Catch a performance at this impressive new concert hall
Budapest (Hungary) has a unique place to offer visitors in 2022 – Sou Fujimoto’s House of Music in the City Park. Known for a style that combines harmony with nature, the architect designed for the Hungarian House of Music a perforated roof with almost a hundred holes of different shapes that allow natural light to enter the structure and, at the same time, that let the trees around the building grow through them. There will also be some exhibition spaces and a library, linked by spiral staircases. In addition, the building will use renewable energy sources.
2. Ladies (and not only), find out more about Coco Chanel!
Running until April 25 at the National Gallery of Victoria is an exhibition that’s the first in Australia to focus solely on the life and work of twentieth-century French designer Gabrielle (AKA Coco) Chanel. In collaboration with Paris’s leading fashion museum, the Palais Galliera, Melbourne will be the first city outside of France to host the epic touring show. More than 100 Chanel clothing will deck the halls of the NGV, exploring Coco’s enduring influence on fashion, perfume, jewellery and accessory design – all with a multimedia twist that’s unique to the Aussie museum.
3. Party in a special night club
Looking for a special event this year? How about a party at the edge of the world to spice things up? Detour Discotheque has got you covered. In the fishing village of Þingeyri, in the Westfjords of Iceland, you’ll soon find a pop-up night club inspired from the New York discos of 1970s. The capacity will be limited to just 160, so it’s very intimate. A line-up of DJs from Iceland, the USA and UK will be providing the tunes, and the room will be decorated with a gigantic spinning mirror ball (of course). The first in a series of parties in remote locations around the world, this is surely something to add to your things to do in 2022.
4. Take the train and retrace the Silk Road
Next year you’ll be able to retrace the famous route of Marco Polo through Uzbekistan, from capital Tashkent to the sand-dusted city of Khiva in the west, all by high-speed rail. The extension of Uzbekistan’s railways will put Khiva – whose 94 mosques and 63 madrasas make it a Unesco World Heritage Site – within easy reach of visitors. Also, both the new Silk Road Samarkand museum and the national State Museum of Arts are also set to open in 2022, so even more reasons to explore the region’s rich trading history.
5. Visit King Tutankhamun in this enormous, new museum
When it finally opens in November 2022, the Grand Egypt Museum will be the biggest museum in the world dedicated to a single civilisation. It’s located in Giza, not far away from the great pyramids and a 40-minute drive from the capital of Cairo. The foundation stone was laid in 2002 – but the Arab Spring of 2010 created widespread unrest and work was put on hold. An army of builders is now back on-site, working towards an opening next year. Costing $1 billion, this megastructure won’t be far off the size of the Louvre in Paris. The museum will comprise 50,000 artefacts, but most importantly, this will be the first time that all 5,000 pieces of King Tutankhamun’s funerary treasure will be displayed in the same place – death mask included.