Australian Heritage Festival presents over 1000 events nationwide
The National Trust unveils more than 1,000 events to be presented over five weeks for the annual Australian Heritage Festival, the largest and longest-running grassroots festival celebrating Australia’s historic, natural, indigenous and multicultural heritage.
Conceived in 1980, the Australian Heritage Festival is Australia’s biggest celebration of culture and heritage and invites people from all over Australia to take part in the dynamic program of over 1000 events presented across all states from 18 April until 21 May 2017. The Festival is supported by the Australian Government through the National Trust Partnerships Program.
The Australian Heritage Festival will be officially launched at Government House, Canberra on 18 April 2017 by National Trust Patron, his Excellency Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC.
Highlight events presented as part of the Festival include the Urban Polaris biking event exploring historic sites spread throughout Canberra, from forgotten suburban cemeteries to World War I training trenches, an opportunity to ride the 130-year-old Victorian Colonial Express from Castlemaine to Maldon in Victoria, and a two-day celebration of Australia’s multicultural communities in Smithfield NSW.
The Australian Heritage Festival engages people with heritage by uncovering new stories behind local libraries, galleries, theatres, parks, bushland, historic spaces and archives.
Speaking on behalf of the National Trust, Scott McAlister Chairman of the Australian Council of National Trusts, said: “The Australian Heritage Festival brings together people all over Australia to tell stories, explore traditions and bring history to life through guided walks, tours, demonstrations and hands-on history experiences for all ages.
“The Festival will enliven cities and towns across the country with a call to celebrate what makes their neighbourhoods special in their own unique voice, recognising the many narratives that have shaped Australia. It helps people, families and communities form connections with their local heritage and treasure the places they love,” added Mr McAlister.
The Hon Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy said: “The Australian Government is proud to support the expanded Festival through a three-year partnership. Australia’s heritage is unique, it contributes to our sense of place, community and personal wellbeing, it informs us about where we have come from and who we are, and is an important part of our national identity. The Festival’s theme, Having a Voice, is extremely fitting, as our national heritage is rich with voices from many cultures. I encourage all Australians to raise their own voices in celebration of the places, people and events that have made us who we are today.”