Register an event

Register an event

Event registrations are now open for the 2021 History Festival.


Earlybird registrations close: 5pm, Monday 1 February 2021
Standard registrations close: 5pm, Monday 1 March 2021


Already have an account?

Login here to start registering your 2021 event.


New to the Festival?

  1. Create an account. The details you enter on this page will not be made public.
  2. Check your email. You will be sent an email with a link to activate your account and set a password.
  3. Once your new password is saved, click 'create a new event' and begin filling in your event details.

How to return and edit a saved event

  1. Log in and go to the my events page.
  2. Refer to the list of saved and submitted events.
  3. Click edit to continue your registration.


For more information about registering an event for the History Festival, download the Registration information pack (PDF) and read the registration FAQs.

Event criteria

To ensure the high quality and compelling content History Festival attendees have come to expect, please make sure your events meet the eligibility criteria listed below. All SA History Festival events must:

  • take place in South Australia (unless it is a filmed, pre-recorded or streamed event that is intended to be viewed using a video viewing or streaming service or provider);
  • be available to the public (ie not ‘members only’ or ‘invite only’); 
  • connect in a meaningful and demonstrable way to South Australia’s history; and
  • provide a written, spoken or performed interpretation, background, context and/or analysis of historical events or objects, allowing visitors to learn, consider, discuss, experience, share and better understand the subject of the event. For this reason, any event with the selling or trading of goods as its main focus is not eligible to participate in the History Festival.

Registration fees

Event registration fees 2021


Level 1:
Community and incorporated organisations (fewer than 200 members), schools

Level 2:
State & local government organisations, for-profit businesses & enterprises, large not-for-profits (greater than 200 members), universities

One event*

Earlybird: $35
Standard: $45

Earlybird: $55
Standard: $75
Each additional eventEarlybird: $15 per event
Standard: $20 per event
Earlybird: $25 per event
Standard: $35 per event

*What counts as one event? 
Registrations are per event, not per session. For example, you might run the same building tour multiple times throughout the History Festival. This would count as one event and one registration. If your organisation has an exhibition as well as the tour, the exhibition would count as an additional event.

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Earlybird registrations close: 5pm, Monday 1 February 2021
Standard registrations close: 5pm, Monday 1 March 2021

Your registration benefits:

  • A dedicated event page on the History Festival website. This includes up to four (4) images, your 100-word event description, contact and booking details. In 2019, the History Festival website had more than 60,000 visits during the festival.
  • Professionally printed A3 festival posters and A2 event signage.
  • The right to use the SA History Festival brand to promote your event.
  • Advice and support from the History Festival team.
  • Exclusive info sessions, webinars and workshops presented by History Trust staff.
  • Benefit from an overarching statewide History Festival promotional campaign: Saturday Advertiser insert, our festival website, expanded digital advertising, social media and traditional media.
  • SA History Festival marketing kit: social media templates, print templates, web badges and more.
  • Ability to communicate with a history-loving audience across South Australia.

2021 theme: Change

We’ve certainly seen some changes over the last 12 months, haven’t we? 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.

In 2021, the History Festival is exploring the theme of ‘change’. We invite event organisers to plan events around this idea in any way you choose. Here are some ideas to spark your thinking: 

  • Changemakers: people, organisations or movements that have pushed for or inspired change.
  • Impacts of political, social, cultural, economic, environmental or technological changes.
  • Turning points: moments of change.
  • Continuity: what hasn’t changed and why?

Sub-themes will be selected and promoted depending upon the registrations received.

What changes will we see in 2021?

In keeping with the 2021 festival theme of change, there will be some changes to next year's festival to ensure safety and flexibility.

The biggest change for 2021 will be our fully digital program. This means we won't be restricted by deadlines for a printed program but will insert a smaller printed booklet in The Advertiser. The booklet will promote the festival as a whole but won't list individual events. Each event will still have its own dedicated page on the History Festival website. Additionally, we're expanding our overall advertising and promotion to ensure the festival gets plenty of exposure during April and May.

The digital-only program gives organisers a longer registration period and later deadlines for adding events. We'll also have a full marketing kit, along with exclusive info sessions, workshops and webinars available for all event organisers. And as always, your History Festival Team is here to help with advice and support. For more detailed information, please check out our FAQ page and download our organiser pack.

Focus programs

Each year, we aim to group events into themed programs to make it easier for audiences to find events that meet their interests.

In 2021, the History Festival program will feature:

  • First Nations histories (note: National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June)
  • Open Doors/Built heritage (see below)
  • Family friendly events
  • LGBTIQ+ history
  • Migration and multicultural history

Additional themes will be highlighted depending on registrations received.


Open Doors

Open Doors is a special program within the History Festival that explores the stories behind heritage buildings and architectural history.

This year, Open Doors will be held as a focus program with events throughout the month of May.

To be part of Open Doors, events must include an activity that helps visitors learn about the building or place. This can include tours, talks, children’s activities, displays or self-guided tours.


Key dates

Monday 1 February: Earlybird registrations close (5pm)

Monday 1 March: All registrations close (5pm)

Wednesday 10 March: Last day for changes and refunds.

Early April (TBC): Official digital program launch. Website live and bookings open.

1-30 May: South Australia's History Festival


What happens after registering?

Once you have completed your registration and payment, you will receive an email to acknowledge that your event has been submitted successfully. If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your registration has not been submitted and contact us. Hint: also check the email hasn’t landed in your spam or junk email folder.

All event registrations will be processed and returned to you to proof and confirm. If you have not received a proof email please contact us on 8203 9888.

All event organisers will receive posters and event signage.

If your event has limited numbers, please do not open bookings until the program is launched.

The History Festival team will send updates by email to keep you up-to-date with news and important information in the lead-up to the Festival.