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Welcome to South Australia’s History Festival 2021

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.

In 2021, the History Festival is exploring the theme of ‘change’. From political change to social change. Changing places, changing minds, changing hearts. Change for the better, change for the worse-on a big or a small scale-and everything in between.

The world around us is constantly undergoing change. Change is also a major thread that runs through the histories we share.

Main street, Clarendon. One of the first bikes in the area and the blacksmith who built it.

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.

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.

Focus Programs

There is something for everyone in the 2021 program.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Family Friendly

Family Friendly

The History Festival is not just for grown-ups! There are plenty of activities designed just for kids as well as events for the whole family.
First Nations Events

First Nations Events

Learn more about First Nations history, knowledge and culture.
A Taste of the Past

A Taste of the Past

SA is known for its great food and wine. Below is a sample of events to tempt your taste buds in this year’s program.
After Dark

After Dark

Not available during the day? No problem! With talks, tours, workshops and more happening out of hours, you’re sure to find something to do after dark.
Art + History

Art + History

Enjoy stories of art and artists throughout the History Festival.
Events for Booklovers

Events for Booklovers

Love history? Love books? These events might be just what you're looking for.
Open Doors

Open Doors

Peek behind the doors of some of South Australia’s most interesting places and spaces and learn about our built heritage and architectural history.
Rainbow History

Rainbow History

Come out, let your colours shine and celebrate the courage, solidarity, creativity, history and contribution of South Australia's LGBTIQ+ communities.
From Many Places

From Many Places

South Australia has always been culturally and linguistically diverse. Discover the rich histories and cultures of those who call South Australia home.

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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