This year between April and May thousands of event organisers and volunteers across Victoria managed 261 events to celebrate our fantastic heritage, history and culture and in 2018 we hope the festival will be even more inclusive and community inspired. Registrations for the festival close on Friday 12 January 2018.

The 2018 Australian Heritage Festival dates are 18 April - 20 May. The Festival launch coincides with The International Day for Monuments and Sites on 18 April. We’ve provided lots of useful information, tips and help to ensure your event is a success.

2018 Festival Theme

This year we are focusing on what makes a place special, encouraging us all to embrace the future by sharing the strengths of our cultural identities. The 2018 Australian Heritage Festival theme is My Culture, My Story celebrating the diversity of cultures that have shaped our shared heritage. The Festival is an opportunity to reflect on the places where we live, work, and travel, and why they are special, celebrating our many diverse and distinctive cultures. So we call on communities to treasure their local cultural heritage by telling their stories and celebrating their traditions, including storytelling, music, food, dance, traditional games, and crafts.

What are the cultures of your region, and how are they celebrated? What are the stories of your community? Do you know an untold story that should be shared? What is the role of new generations in celebrating and protecting our heritage?

Please join us and get involved for what will be an amazing celebration.

The 2018 Australian Heritage Festival printed program can be downloaded here. The National Trust property Mooramong is highlighted on the cover and in the above image.

The Australian Heritage Festival is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Trusts Partnership Program.


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Victorian Friends of the Festival

Support us in 2018 by joining our Friend of the Festival program. Receive additional benefits in our printed program, festival promotion and website in return for your financial support.


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The Australian Heritage Festival is Australia’s biggest annual community-driven heritage festival. In Victoria the Festival is comprised of events from across the state organised by NTAV properties and Branches, community groups, local councils, individuals and other organisations. Find out how you can get involved.


2018 Victorian Program

The 2018 Australian Heritage Festival printed program for Victoria is now available to pick up from event organisers, Visitor Information Centres in metro and regional areas across Victoria, at the Melbourne Airport Visitor Information Centre, as well as from National Trust properties and Branches. You can download a digital copy here.

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Australian Heritage Festival e-news

For all of the latest information on the Festival including event registrations, opportunities and upcoming events sign up to dedicated Heritage Festival e-news.

Australian Heritage Festival e-news