Second week of the Heritage Festival celebrates local stories

Released 23/04/2018

Can’t get enough of the Canberra Region Heritage Festival? Don’t worry – there is still another week of walks, talks, displays and interactive activities happening across the capital that showcase the unique history of our region.

“Heritage is about much more than old buildings,” Festival coordinator Linda Roberts said.

“Held over the school holiday and Anzac Day period, this year’s Heritage Festival offers many opportunities to explore the people, stories and places connected to our region,” Ms Roberts said.

Over the next week, you can:

  • Take a tour of Black Mountain with Ngunnawal elder Wally Bell and historian Mark Butz on Friday 27 April. As you wander the winding trails, learn about the diverse Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage connected to this site.
  • Learn about native plant foods and medicines at Jerrabomberra Wetlands on Friday 27 April. Join Wiradjuri man Adam Ship to taste, touch and smell bush tucker that can be found in our region and discover how it has been used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years.
  • Visit the Irish Embassy to see unique architecture modelled on an Irish farmhouse and hear stories about the Irish settlers in our region on Wednesday 25 April.
  • Build a cubby house at Calthorpes House on Thursday 26 April. Crafty kids will love spending time in the garden learning to build a cubby house and eating warm buttery potatoes before heading out to Red Hill for some time in the bush.
  • Tell your own unique story at the ‘Your Culture, Your Story Writing’ workshop on Friday 27 April. learn about writing tools, literary devices and workshopping to help lift your story from dreams, history and experiences onto the page
  • Decorate a boomerang with Ngunnawal man Richie Allan on Thursday 26 April. Back for a second event during the Heritage Festival, learn about Aboriginal culture and decorate your own boomerang before learning how to throw it.

The 2018 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival runs until Sunday 29 April.

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