South Australia extended it’s usual History Week last year to a month, as part of it’s 150th Anniversary celebrations. This format worked so well that they’re doing the month long festival again.

So South Aussies and visitors to our state, clear your calendar for the whole of May, as you’re in for a treat.

The About Time: South Australia’s History Festival celebrates this state’s history. And through the hundreds of different events that are organised, people can experience the history for themselves. The festival includes an amazing array of history-related activities, and there is also the opportunity to see behind the doors of some of the state’s treasured heritage buildings. The majority of events are free, with activities held across the State including in regional and rural areas.

For 2012 the organisers have introduced a new element, Open House Adelaide. Over the weekend of 19 and 20 May a range of buildings in the Adelaide metropolitan area will open their doors to the public. This will be a chance to showcase the depth and diversity of Adelaide’s built form – from heritage buildings to the latest in sustainable design. Keep en eye on their website for details.

The About Time program booklet will be distributed everywhere in early April, and the full program (all 96 pages of it) can be downloaded from the About Time website now. Last year we had a pile of the programs to give out in-store, and I certainly hope we get copies again so people can collect a copy from our shop.

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