The festival will bring together an array of events across the nation and will run from 16 April – 19 May in Western Australia. The theme is ‘Our Heritage for the Future’  and revisits the 2020 theme.

The theme asks you to look at the importance of all facets of heritage in honouring the stories of our past, celebrating lived heritage as it evolves in the present, and looking to the future, ensuring stories of culture, significant historical and natural places and Indigenous heritage are protected for future generations.

We’re welcoming event organisers to register their heritage walks, talks, tours, exhibitions and open days, providing you can adhere to the COVID-safe government guidance in Western Australia. Please click here to see the current restrictions and rules.

In this ever-changing COVID world, we’re also inviting any digital programs or digital events that continue to bring heritage to life during this difficult time and adapt the story of our history into the 21st Century, to come forward and register. Technology will continue to play such a vital role in our lives into the future allowing us to stay in touch with people and places.

Key Dates

  • December 2020: Event registrations open.
  • Early March 2021: The Australian Heritage Festival website goes live.
  • End of March 2021: Event registrations close.
  • Friday 16 April 2021: Australian Heritage Festival starts in Western Australia.
  • Wednesday 19 May 2021: Australian Heritage Festival finishes.

The Australian Heritage Festival in Western Australia is proudly supported by Lotterywest.

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The 2021 Australian Heritage Festival is proudly brought to you by the National Trusts of Australia.

The National Trust of Australia is proud to be the national conveners and coordinators of the Australian Heritage Festival. In 2019, nationally the Australian Heritage Festival:

  • Provided Australians with a selection of 786 events celebrating cultural, Aboriginal, natural and built heritage.
  • Attracted 362,000 visitors to events.
  • Connected a digital audience of 357,714 people across web and social media channels.

We look forward to building on that success and welcoming visitors to another year of the Australian Heritage Festival to enjoy the wide range of events this program has to offer.

Register your Australian Heritage Festival event