Heritage festival puts spotlight on our culture and history
THE Australian Heritage Festival launches across the country this week, bringing to life a wide range of Australian culture and history.
Organised by the National Trust of Australia and the Australian Government, the Festival aims to tell the stories of diverse and distinctive experiences that make up our communities.
This year's festival will bring together an array of events across the nation from April 18 - May 19 under the theme Connecting People, Places and the Past.
Events across Australia will be held at historic buildings, landmarks, shipwrecks and sacred sites as the Festival aims to unite communities from all walks of life to recognise and celebrate heritage and culture.
There will be ceremonies, song and dance, performance art, art in various media and artefacts, talks on books and stories, and guided tours of towns, places and spaces.
National and international visitors are expected to join activities during the Australian Heritage Festival, which was first held in 1980 and has become Australia's biggest festival of heritage and culture.
Organisers say there will be a wonderful range of exhibitions, walking tours, films, expert talks, workshops, food fairs, guided tours of historic sites, ceremonies, demonstrations, special dinners and lunches on offer.
The Festival was first created with a vision of recognising and celebrating the significance of the country's natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places and ensuring they are valued by Australians, protected for future generations and cared for by the community.
The National Trust is committed to achieving this vision by leading the Australian Heritage Festival nationally, building strong partnerships with communities to celebrate their natural, historic and Indigenous heritage, and to engage lovers of heritage and new audiences with the stories of our past and present so they may be preserved for the future.
This year's theme of Connecting People, Places and the Past celebrates all aspects of Australian culture and history, telling the stories of diverse and distinctive experiences that make up our communities.
Celebrate with a guided tour of one of the extraordinary places under the National Trust's protection, such as a World Heritage-listed convict penal establishment (Cockatoo Island); ascend to the top of Australia's oldest lighthouse (Macquarie Lighthouse); or explore military relics at Georges Heights, Mosman and North Head Sanctuary, Manly.
More than 1000 events will be held nationally, with close to half a million visitors expected.
For details on events across the country, visit the National Trust website.