Make space in your diary

While it was one small step it was without parallel. In 1969 Neil Armstrong took a stroll upon the moon.

The world watched.

Those incredible images, those powerful words were received on planet Earth right here in the mountains of the bush capital.

Nestled high on a secluded plateau, NASA’s Honeysuckle Station first captured, relayed to the world a momentous point in time. History was made.

Many moons after a seed of an idea was planted, over time it has been nurtured with enthusiasm, today it has risen, shinning bright as a quintessential bush capital experience, the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

With this year’s Heritage Festival looming large on the horizon, it’s time to get your moonwalk ready. This year’s theme is out of this world as we explore ‘space’ in all its various connotations. It can be a place, a location, an interval of time, an expanse, a clearance.

This year’s Heritage Festival is like no other. While the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing will occupy a key space, the festival is an occasion to pause, reflect on our collective past. To share stories, weaving a contemporary narrative, designed to inform those who will walk in our footsteps.

The Heritage Festival program is jam-packed with over 200 diverse events, running for 23 days it is guaranteed to offer pure enjoyment, a celebration for the bush capitals rich indigenous, natural and cultural heritage.

While taking a step back to the 1960s you can take a giant leap exploring Canberra’s mid-century era with fashion markets, Marimekko prints, designer exhibitions and cocktail events. Or learn about our space history with talks from space experts, film screenings and tours. Ranging from Ranger guided activities, open days, there is so much on offer. Perhaps the biggest challenge will be where to start. A virtual smorgasbord of delectable offerings have been designed to merely whet your appetite, a rich program which has been crafted to highlight our unique, eclectic, beautiful bush capital.

Kicking off from 13 April and running through to 5 May intuitively the program has been grouped into common themes of pre-packaged itineraries.

Given bookings are essential for many events, use the clever festival search function to locate events near you. Find out what’s happening when, or search based on an event theme be it food, art, architecture, music or perhaps an experience you would like. The choice is all yours.

So be sure to leave some 'space' in your diary by taking a small step to plan your festival experience at https://www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-festival

Brett McNamara is with ACT Parks Conservation Service.

Brett Mac

Brett McNamara - Regional Manager with ACT Parks & Conservation Service

Brett loves our national parks almost as much as the Gang-gang on his uniform. He is prone to using the word 'majestic' when referring to the bush capital. He loves talking. A lot. His favourite animal is the playful platypus.

Article also appeared on 26 February 2019 in The Chronicle