Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 2019

Saturday 13 April to Sunday 5 May 2019

Join us as at one of our 30+ FREE events as we celebrate the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 2019 theme of ‘SPACE’.

As these tours are very exclusive, please ensure you book your tickets at the directed site as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For enquiries, please contact the National Capital Exhibition on nce@nca.gov.au or phone: 02 6272 2902

May the 4th be With You: The music of Star Wars at the National Carillon

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away, carillonists discovered their love of the music from Star Wars. The Force will be with them when they once again present a concert on the National Carillon to celebrate these blockbuster films. This is Episode Two: Bells in Space.

Join us again this May the 4th, for a free public concert at Canberra's Iconic National Carillon. Hear the familiar tunes of Star Wars as they echo out over Lake Burley Griffin, played from the 50 meter high National Carillon tower.

Bring the family, a picnic blanket and settle in as the sounds of Star Wars ring out.

Dates: Saturday, 4 May 2019 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Event Location: National Carillon, Aspen Island, Wendouree Drive, Parkes

Want to secure your spot on Aspen Island?

Due to a limit of 500 people on Aspen Island, tickets are available at $2.20 per ticket and allocated until maximum capacity is reached. You will receive a wrist band which will allow you on and off the Island to access food vendors and bathroom facilities.

As these spots are very exclusive, please ensure you book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/may-the-4th-be-with-you-the-music-of-star-wars-at-the-national-carillon-tickets-59937242907

Access to the surrounding lakeshore around Aspen Island is free of charge.  However, we ask that you register for the event so that vendors are aware of patron numbers. All ticket sales from the event will go to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Limited free parking is available in Kings Park, access to the carpark is via Constitution Avenue onto Wendouree Drive. Parking is also available in the Russell Carpark, a short walk to the National Carillon.

See the music that will be played at the Concert here.

 

Caring for this space - The Rose Gardens – Walking Tour

Come and smell the Roses. A practical session around the lovely gardens of Old Parliament House and the National Rose Gardens. Participants will learn valuable pruning techniques under the tutelage of our expert gardeners and discover the history of the garden.

Dates:

Thursday, 18 April 2019 at 9:30 am - FULL

 Friday, 26 April 2019 at 9:30 am 

 Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 9:30 am 

Duration: 1.5 hours

Meeting Point: Meet on the steps of Old Parliament House

Bookings: https://ncagov.eventbrite.com.au

 

Use this space - Discover Commonwealth and Kings Park – Walking Tour

Commonwealth and Kings Park were designed for the people. Hidden away behind the trees and bushes are delightful pockets of space waiting to be explored. Uncover the history of this garden while discovering fabulous performance spaces, artworks, reflective areas and children’s playgrounds,making it truly a space for everyone.

Dates:

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 at 10:00 am

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 at 10:00 am

Duration: 1 hour

Meeting Point: Foyer of the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point

Bookings: https://ncagov.eventbrite.com.au

 

Planning a Memorial Space: The Story of the new National Boer War Memorial

The National Boer War Memorial, installed in 2017, is one of the newest commemorative artworks along Anzac Parade. This temporary exhibition will include a look behind the scenes at how this large memorial was created, including some of the moulds for the horses that form part of the artwork.

Dates: Every day from Saturday, 13 April to Sunday, 5 May 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Meeting Point: National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Parkes

Bookings: Bookings are not required

 

Too Little Space: The People of Blundells Cottage

How did they all fit in? This tiny heritage house was home to an incredible number of people during its history. For the first time, see a visual representation of how all those families fit into the Blundells Cottage picture and how the space was used.

Dates:

Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sunday, 14 April 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday, 21 April 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sunday, 22 April 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday, 28 April 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sunday, 29 April 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday, 4 May 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sunday, 5 May 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Meeting Point: Blundells Cottage, Wendouree Drive, Parkes

Bookings: Bookings are not required

 

Art in the Park: Self-Guided Family Tour in Commonwealth Park

Have you ever explored the art in Commonwealth Park? Have you ever had a big idea for a sculpture that should be there? Collect your adventure map at the National Capital Exhibition to uncover the artworks in the park and then return to create your own masterwork.

Dates: Every day from Saturday, 13 April to Sunday, 5 May 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Meeting Point: Collect Adventure Map at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Parkes

Bookings: Bookings are not required

 

How to make a lake - The story of Lake Burley Griffin - Walking Tour

What was Canberra like before the lake? How was it created? Why does the water stay where it is? Join us for a family friendly stroll along the northern shore of the central basin, discovering the history and science of Lake Burley Griffin.

Dates:

Saturday 13 April 2019 at 10:00 am - FULL

Tuesday 23 April 2019 at 10:00 am - FULL

Duration: 1 hour

Meeting Point: Foyer of the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point

Bookings: https://ncagov.eventbrite.com.au

 

Play space - Behind the scenes tour of the National Carillon

Every wondered where those bells are played?  Discover the story of Canberra's unique cultural icon, the National Carillon. Only open to the public a few times a year this guided tour will allow you to discover the space behind the music. With fabulous views, a clavier like very few in the world, to the bell tower containing 55 impressive bells. See how this unique instrument is played and learn about the building and the instrument that has become so iconic to Canberra.

Dates:

Sunday, 14 April 2019 at 11:30 am - FULL

 Sunday, 14 April 2019 at 1:30 pm - FULL

 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 at 11:30 am - FULL

 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 at 1:30 pm  -   FULL

 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 at 11:30 am  - FULL

 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 at 1:30 pm - FULL

 Sunday, 28 April 2019 at 11:30 am - FULL

 Sunday, 28 April 2019 at 1:30 pm - FULL

 Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 11:30 am  - FULL

 Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 1:30 pm  - FULL

 Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 11:30 am - FULL

 Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 1:30 pm - FULL

Duration: 45 minutes

Meeting Point: Base of the National Carillon, Aspen Island

Bookings: https://ncagov.eventbrite.com.au

 

Hidden space - Behind the Scenes tour of Scrivener Dam

Ever wanted to get inside a dam without getting wet? Discover the inner workings of Scrivener Dam as you descend into the depths of the structure, 10 metres below the surface of the water. Participants will have the rare chance to have a close up view of the massive floodgates from within. 

Date: Friday, 3 May 2019 at 10:00 am - FULL

Duration: 1.5 hours

Meeting Point: Scrivener Dam Lookout, Lady Denman Drive

Bookings: https://ncagov.eventbrite.com.au