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South Australians are encouraged to reimagine and renew connections with their history, to get out and about in this great state, explore the familiar and the lesser known – and be challenged to discover what makes South Australia unique. Reflecting on the past two years of a global pandemic, the History Festival explores the stories we tell, the lessons we take from the past – and how this might help us shape and reimagine our future.

Presented by the History Trust of South Australia, South Australia’s History Festival is one of the state’s largest open-access community events. It returns for its 18th year in May 2022, and for the first time ever you can get a sneak peek of what is on offer through our virtual program launch on Thursday 7 April.

Every year a groundswell of community support and enthusiasm for our state’s rich history sees thousands of South Australians volunteer to make the History Festival a success. With around 500 events registered across South Australia, by some 350 different event organisers, this year’s festival offers the macabre to the fascinating, the shocking to the heart-warming – and everything in between.

History Trust CEO, Greg Mackie OAM said, “We are thrilled to present another History Festival for the people of South Australia and invite all to make time to discover and embrace the rich history that this state has to offer.”

“This year’s theme of reimagine honours both our unique history and the many people across our state who keep local stories alive. Like always, the range of events are incredible, and with around 80 per cent of events being free, there is no excuse to not get out and explore our fascinating culture.”, continued Greg.

Thanks to a partnership with community television station Channel 44, you can join us virtually for the official program launch on Thursday, April 7 from 7pm. Tune in on the night through South Australia’s History Festival Facebook page or Channel 44. Then pick up your hardcopy program from April 8 through your local Foodland Supermarket, an iconic business with a unique ‘Mighty South Aussie’ history.

A virtual program launch will feature appearances from Senior Kaurna man Uncle Mickey O’Brien; Her Excellency, the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia; the Right Honourable Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor; Chair of Trustees Elizabeth Ho OAM; and Chief Executive of The History Trust of South Australia Greg Mackie OAM.

Following is a sneak peek of the 2022 program:

The History Festival will also be celebrating and commemorating special anniversaries in 2022 including:

The History Festival is proud to be partnering with iconic South Australian supermarket chain Foodland, celebrating their 60th birthday in 2022. Free copies of the full program will be available from all Foodland Supermarkets across South Australia, as well as local libraries, community centres and registered venues from Friday, 8 April. The program will also be available online and updated daily at