The inaugural Australian Heritage Festival has been launched, with more than a thousand events taking place this year between April 18 and May 21. The festival takes the place of the former National Trust Heritage Festival, which has been expanded through a three-year partnership with the Australian Government.
The festival's inaugural theme 'Having a Voice' calls on communities to champion their local heritage and share their local stories. From riding the 130-year-old Victorian Colonial Express to sleeping under the stars at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and exploring forgotten suburban cemeteries, there is a wide diversity of activites.
Events include Dawn at the Camp, commemorating the involvement of Aboriginal ANZACs at the site of a Cowra P.O.W. Camp; The Urban Polaris, a lively bike navigation event through Canberra's heritage sites; and a Victorian theatre production exploring the 19th century events that led to the National Heritage listed Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve being given self-determination.
Find out about festival events around the country by visiting: www.australianheritagefestival.org.au