Inner West Heritage Festival

Inner West Council’s Heritage Festival, during April and May, is part of the National Trust’s 35th year of celebrations.

The theme this year is Having a Voice, encouraging communities across NSW to tell their stories through different voices.

“This is the first Inner West Council Heritage Festival. By bringing together all the events of the former councils of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville, we have created something bigger and better than the sum of its parts,” said Administrator of Inner West Council Richard Pearson.

“History lovers, and anyone simply interested in how the inner west came to be the fascinating place it is today, will appreciate at the depth and breadth of the events.”

Inner West Heritage Festival celebrates the many narratives that have shaped NSW through a range of exhibitions, walking tours, author talks, open days, art days, competitions and more.

Inner West Council’s libraries Local History unit, in conjunction with various community organisations, has put together a diverse and rich program which illustrates and celebrates the inner west’s unique heritage.

“Having a Voice is about taking the time to stop and listen to stories from different places and people,” said Mr Pearson.

“So as well as history talks in Ashfield, Marrickville and Leichardt, there are exhibitions, walking tours, concerts and film nights.

“I can promise that anyone taking part in the festival will come away amazed at some of the inner west’s local heritage gems from Annandale, Marrickville, Camperdown, Petersham, Tempe, Summer Hill, and Lewisham,” Mr Pearson said.

Events range from a Walking Tour of the Cemetery Celebrities at St Stephen's in Newtown, to an illustrated lecture: Places of Incarceration, to an Author Talk: Yabba: Cricket's Legendary Barracker.

The festival runs from 1 April – 30 May. Events and exhibitions will be held across many of the 26 suburbs that make up Inner West Council area.

Visit Heritage Festival or call a local Inner West Council library for further information.

For an interview or a print quality image with a featured speaker, contact the communications team.

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Page last updated: 31 Jul 2018