South Australia’s History Festival will return from 1 to 31 May 2023. Contact the History Trust of SA for more information.

Registrations for events will open on Thursday 1 December 2022 from 9am. Get in quick to secure your spot at a reduced early-bird rate. Standard rate entries will begin from Monday 16 January 2023, and the final deadline to be included in the printed program is 5pm Tuesday 14 February 2023.

The launch of the Fringe AVR registration platform was a success in 2022 and History Trust of SA are currently working on improving the platform to deliver a more streamlined experience. More information about the festival and detailed instructions for the registration process will be available before 1 December.

The theme for South Australia’s History Festival 2023 is WONDER.

Suggestions to get your brainstorming started:

  • Do you have an object or a collection that celebrates a particular collector that is not well known? Use that object/collection as the way to tell the story of collecting and why it remains so central to the human experience.
  • Do you know a person whose life story is so remarkable it inspires curiosity wonder in others? Consider partnering with a storyteller or artist to create an experience for children that introduces them to that person.
    Imagine the other side of a story and wonder how others perceived a person or moment in history. Invite the community to take part in an event where you ask them to imagine a story from another point of view, perhaps as experienced by First Nations people, women, migrants or minorities.
  • Consider the uncanny. Plan a visit to an historic place that is unusual, perhaps in a creepy or otherworldly way, as in a forgotten part of Adelaide. Consider the life of a pernicious character or someone wrongly accused of a crime or lifestyle, say a fortuneteller or a forger.
  • We often say objects and experiences are ‘lost’ and yet many are years later ‘found’. Build an event around an object or story that has recently been ‘rediscovered’ and share the story of its journey into the historical record.