Heritage Festival 2021

Reimagine the way you connect to your heritage at this year’s festival!

From 6 - 26 April 2021 over 150 diverse events will take place across the Canberra region including workshops, tours, talk, suburban walks, virtual events and more. Now in it’s 38th year, the Festival raises awareness of the ongoing need to converse our natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage.

The full program of events is now available online. Many of the events require bookings, so make sure you get in early and book your spot!

Please find below the list of the National Capital Authority events:

Marion, the Power behind Two Thrones by Roslyn Hull
The Marion Mahony Griffin Story

Online, FREE 
From Tuesday 6 April 2021

Our staff deep dive into the story of Canberra every day - these are their thoughts on just some of the aspects of that story. Roslyn Hull asks: Just how much do we owe Marion Mahony Griffin?

The Broinowski Vision 

FREE, booking essential
Thursday 8 April and Thursday 15 April, 10am - 11.30am

Robert Broinowski, as secretary of the Joint House Department, was instrumental in developing the parliamentary rose gardens. The Gardens were originally conceived as a private space for parliamentarians but were reimagined after Parliament moved up to Capital Hill. Discover how they evolved while still maintaining the original Broinowski vision.

Venue: Old Parliament House Gardens, King George Terrace, Parkes
Website: Old Parliament House Gardens Tour "The Broinowski Vision" Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Backwards And Forwards

FREE
Saturday 10 April and Saturday 17 April, 10am - 2pm

Travel through time with displays from four eras - 1860, 1890, 1945 and 1960. Special children's activity: BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS! Be a detective of the past and a designer of the future - identify things from the past and re-design them for the next 100 years. Ages 5-12 years.

Venue: Blundells Cottage, Wendouree Dr, Parkes
Website: https://www.nca.gov.au/discover-and-learn/family-activities

Was The Grass Greener?
Commonwealth Park - From Design To Destination 

FREE, booking essential
Sunday 11 April and Sunday 18 April, 10am - 11am

Discover how the approach to Commonwealth Park, first envisaged in 1911, has developed from structured to sustainable, from formal to recreational and yet still responsive to heritage values. This is a family friendly tour discussing the history, and potential future, of this park for the people.

Venue: Commonwealth Park - meet at National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Parkes
Website: Commonwealth Park Gardens Tour "Was the Grass Greener? " Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Lisa Elliott: From This To That
The Story of Canberra

Online, FREE 
From Monday 12 April 

Our staff deep dive into the story of Canberra every day - these are their thoughts on just some of the aspects of that story. Lisa Elliott recounts: 513 days of conflict between the original Griffin Plan and the amended 1913 plan.

Kate Collins: View To A View

Online, FREE 
From Monday 19 April 

Our staff deep dive into the story of Canberra every day - these are their thoughts on just some of the aspects of that story. Kate Collins asks: How has the natural landscape informed the cultural landscape of Canberra?