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Western Australian Heritage Festival 2016

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The Western Australian Heritage Festival returns this Autumn, running from 16th April to 18th May 2016.

This popular community driven heritage festival celebrates Australia's historic, natural and Aboriginal heritage through a series of interesting events held in cities and towns across the state, including interactive workshops, family activities, performances, talks and more.

This year's theme is 'Discovery & Rediscoveries' and centres on the discovery of seven species which were thought to be extinct, including Gilbert the Potoroo, found only in WA near Albany; Norman the Night Parrot; Lenny the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect; and Wally the Woylie.

Each of these species have become the mascots for the festival and through the wide-ranging event program, you and your family have the opportunity to discover their recent adventures and Australia's diverse natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage.

Western Australian Heritage Festival is Australia's biggest heritage festival, with over 145,000 people attending 170 events in 2015, so come along and explore local historic sites, rediscover heritage skills and crafts, let the kids be a curator or attend events for the 400th anniversary of Dutch explorers nailing a pewter plate on WA shores.

Visit to explore the free and low cost events, add events to your electronic calendar or forward an event invite to a friend.

Event program highlights include:

  • International Day for Monuments and Sites (18 Apr)

  • Australian Heritage Week (16 24 Apr 2016)

  • ANZAC Day (25 Apr)

  • International Jazz Day (30 Apr)

  •  Mother's Day (8 May 2016

  •  National Archaeology Week (starting third Sun in May)

  •  International Museums Day (18 May)

  •  National Motoring Heritage Day (third Sun in May)

    For more information on what's on, visit and subscribe to the festival's mailing list.

    The 2016 Western Australian Heritage Festival is supported by the Australian Government through funding and promotion on the Australian Heritage Week website

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    When: 16 Apr - 18 May
    Where: Cities and towns across Western Australia
    Cost: Various costs - including lots of free and low cost events
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