History Festival of wonderment returns for 2023

Event registrations are now open for South Australia’s History Festival, 1-31 May 2023. This state-wide festival is unique in the world, bringing together communities, collectors, clubs, historical societies, and museums large and small, to showcase their passion for history in a month-long celebration.

South Australia’s History Festival is a major initiative of the History Trust of South Australia and brings together around 400 event organisers hosting almost 600 events across our state.

The theme for the 2023 festival is WONDER and South Australia’s History Festival, invites presenters and audiences to ponder the wonderment of the past, as we celebrate the many historical objects, stories and experiences that evoke amazement, “Our 2023 theme will encourage our event hosts and presenters to explore the many ‘wonderful’ ways we interact with history and material culture,” said History Trust of South Australia CEO, Greg Mackie OAM.

“These last few years have reminded us all just how important it can be to belong. Being together in real time and in person is the best way to share stories, experiences and our histories. South Australia’s History Festival creates opportunities for people to gather as communities, to share stories about our past, our present and future, to celebrate the people and objects we value – and to consider who we are today, – and perhaps even ponder what our collective future might hold” Mackie said. “We can’t wait to see what wonderment presenters provide as they interrogate and celebrate our state’s stories.”


The 2022 History Festival program featured over 500 events across the state presented by 257 event organisers and attracted some 100,000 attendances. It was a cornucopia of engaging opportunities for South Australians to immerse themselves in history. From performances, exhibitions and behind-the-scenes tours, through to thought-provoking talks, bus and bike tours to bushwalks and venues ranging from galleries to graveyards, the events are always fascinating.

To be part of the 2023 History Festival, interested groups need to register their event online by 5:00pm, Tuesday 14 February. Early bird registrations due by 5:00pm, 15 January 2022.
To discuss a potential event, call the events team on 08 8207 7585 or email

More information and registrations
Interviews available with Greg Mackie OAM, CEO History Trust of South Australia.


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