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Media Release: 2022 History Festival registrations now open!

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Event registrations are now open for South Australia’s History Festival, which will run next year from 1-31 May 2022. The History Festival is an initiative of the History Trust of South Australia that brings together around 400 event organisers hosting almost 650 events across our state.

The theme for next year’s festival is reimagine, reflecting how over the past year our human community has had opportunities to reimagine how we engage with and operate in the world.

Hosting one or more events in the History Festival is a great way for organisations and communities to share their stories with locals and visitors alike.

History Trust of South Australia CEO Greg Mackie OAM said, ‘‘after another challenging year, people everywhere have embraced the chance to reconsider and rebalance how they work, play and connect. South Australia’s History Festival provides opportunities for communities to make connections, engage in important conversations about our past and future and share the ideas and stories that make us who we are.

“At its heart, South Australia’s History Festival is an opportunity for our communities to come together and share the narratives of the past that have helped to shape who we are today,” Mackie said. “We can’t wait to see events that offer creative and surprising ways of reimagining how we tell our histories.”

The History Festival gives South Australian audiences the chance to explore our state and meet local experts in regions where they may not have visited before.

The popular Open Doors program will be back in 2022, inviting audiences to peek behind the doors of some of the state’s most intriguing places and spaces. The History TrustTrust’s program for school-aged children, Poetry Takeover is back for another year, with more students, classes and schools invited to participate in this innovative reimagining of museum objects through poetry.

The 2021 History Festival program featured 623 events across the state presented by 378 event organisers and drew 153,528 attendances. It provided engaging opportunities for South Australians and visitors to immerse themselves in history. From performances, exhibitions and behind the scenes tours to thought-provoking talks, bus and bike tours to bush walks and in venues ranging from galleries to graveyards, the events are always fascinating.

By taking part, event organisers will get a dedicated listing in the official History Festival printed and digital program and access to additional promotional tools and support. To be part of the 2022 History Festival, register your event by Thursday 3 February with early bird registrations due 20 January 2022.

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Interviews available with Greg Mackie OAM, CEO History Trust of South Australia

Image: Changing Faces of Paech’s Fachwerk Barn, Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf Walking Tours. Photo: Jiayuan Liang