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A whole month of history
Adelaide has an amazing array of festivals right through the year with everything from Fringe to Womadelaide and beyond. However, for me, the most exciting festival is the History Festival. I know, I get it, I'm a history nerd, but there is nothing more exciting than a whole month where doors that are usually closed are opened and there is a delightful range of events to fill up my spare time!
This year's History Festival will see events held all over Adelaide, its surrounds and beyond. There will be launches and open days, guided and self-guided tours, talks, workshops and exhibitions, special events, digital history and performances. There is so much to choose from, I'm really not sure where to start.
You can choose from any event type or select from the amazing range of themes which include Playing the Good Game (Sporting History), National Archaeology Week, Open Doors: Built Heritage Weekend, That's Music to My Ears or the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program amongst others.
This year's festival will run from 28 April to 31 May 2018, providing over a month of activities to choose from and will open with the Open Doors: Built Heritage weekend on 28 and 29 April 2018. This is a special weekend focusing on South Australia's buildings and architectural history and will provide the opportunity for people to see behind the facades of our great State's buildings.
East Terrace Promenade Tour at Ayres House. Photo: Walter Marsh courtesy of South Australia's History Festival
Many events are free such as [re]Assembled and Holden Collection Curator's Tour and Australia's Only Private Banking and Currency Museum. Others range in price from $10, through to approximately $100 with companion cards being accepted for many events.
With well over 600 events available, there is sure to be an event just for you.
From the city to the east, west, north and south there is an intriguing amount of events for city people to enjoy.
Come into the city for City of Pubs (Twilight Tour), 2018 Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration or Colour and Controversy.
Tivoli Hotel c1980. Photo: Department of Water and Natural Resources, courtesy of South Australia's History Festival
Exciting opportunities in the Western Suburbs include Come Aboard and Explore the 'Failie': Feel Its History, Hear the Tales, Day in the Life of a Colonial Soldier, Jane Austen: Songs of the Sea and the Magical History Tour.
Drill on the Parade Ground. Photo: Fort Glanville Historical Association, courtesy of South Australia's History Festival
Our beautiful Southern Suburbs will have a wealth of opportunity to explore history with offerings such as Beare Tales at GK Sowand's Residence, Blue Jeans Jungle Greens: Revisiting the 60s and 70s, Brighton Heritage Walk or Campfire Yarns: Verse & Songs, CJ Dennis, Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson.
Brighton Jetty 1922. Photo: Holdfast Bay Photographic Collection, courtesy of South Australia's History Festival
Amongst others, the Adelaide Hills will enjoy events such as A Leap Across Time at Marble Hill, a look in to how time was used to measure many of life's activities way back when, An 1800s Street of History, guided walking tours of Nairne's Main Street and High Octane History: An Evening for Motoring Enthusiasts.
Display by Sundials Australia. Photo: Patricia Mitchell, courtesy of South Australia's History Festival
Wherever you live in our beautiful city, take the opportunity to visit other areas and explore what they have to offer.
The History Festival website has an amazing search tool which enables you to search by date (including multiples), event type, tourism region, booking type (not required, essential or for groups only), facilities (wheelchair access, toilets), companion card acceptance or themes. Register at the website to be able to create your own Festival Month Planner.
Each event gives a description of the event, dates and times, location including map, cost, contacts and how to make bookings. There is also the opportunity to search other events by the same organiser, in the region and the same event type.
There is so much to do with at the History Festival, you will have no difficulty in filling your calendar for the month of May! Get searching and planning and enjoy getting out around Adelaide learning about our history.