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Welcome to South Australia’s History Festival

South Australia’s History Festival is an annual statewide event exploring South Australia’s history.

Held throughout May each year, the History Festival explores the state’s places and spaces, stories, collections and ideas that make us who we are.

One of South Australia’s largest open-access community events, the History Festival program features hundreds of events ranging from talks to tours, walks to workshops and exhibitions to special events.

In 2022, the History Festival is exploring the theme ‘reimagine’.

The theme represents an opportunity to be bold and reimagine your events in terms of content as well as presentation. We invite event organisers to plan events around this idea in any way you choose.

Registrations for the 2022 festival have now closed. Learn more >>

History Festival 2022 opening night with (L-R) Dr Sera Waters, Simon Royal, Dr Gertrude Glossip, A/Prof Katie Barclay, and The Hon Justice Mark Livesey. Photo: Sia Duff

Events happen anywhere: urban and rural, towns, cities and suburbs; in museums and libraries; in boats, trains and buses and mysterious buildings; on the street, by the beach and in nature.

Hear the latest research and tales of the unusual and unknown; from amazing experts to local guides. With hundreds of events to choose from, there’s something for curious minds of all ages.

Catch-up on the 2022 Opening Night event ‘A lawyer, a journalist, an artist— and a historian walk into a bar…’here.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

The History Trust of South Australia respects the primary role of First Nations people in the history of this place. We acknowledge that this story commenced long before Governor Hindmarsh proclaimed the establishment of government in the province of South Australia on 28 December 1836.

First Nations people have a knowledge, history and culture that extends millennia into the past. We acknowledge that First Nations lands and sovereignty were never ceded and that building a shared understanding of history is critical to the future of this place.

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