Step back in time at Gawler Civic Centre this May

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Step back in time at Gawler Civic Centre this May

The Gawler Civic Centre will be home to events, exhibitions, workshops, films and book launches throughout May as part of the 2022 South Australian History Festival.

The Civic Centre is an ideal venue for all things heritage and its multi award-winning refurbishment of State Heritage-Listed buildings ensures history buffs can have their fix in comfort.

Guided tours at the centre include the new Heritage Gallery exhibition’ Behind the Scenes; the History of Theatre and Music in Gawler, as well as workshops on family history and caring for treasured items.

The film launch ‘Gawler: A Grave Situation’, will explore what is involved in restoring historic graves, a renovation rescue for the dead.

A panel discussion by three noted academics will reveal what it takes to write about historical figures including the joys, and the challenges.

Award-winning authors all published by Wakefield Press, Dr Anne Black, Dr Philip Butterss and Professor Philip Payton will present ‘You can’t Make This Up!’

Those who have thought about writing a book or are interested in the process, are encouraged to join in the discussion.

A month-long exhibition dedicated to Gawler’s natural history will showcase the environment of Gawler and its surrounds prior to the arrival of colonists in the nineteenth century.

Cultural Heritage Centre Coordinator, Ms Jacinta Weiss said “Recent history can be just as interesting as times long past”.

“The Gawler Public Library will be presenting ‘2020, Why We Needed It!’ by local author Tegan Tiss,” she said.

“Tegan will argue that we need to reframe how we think about crisis and turn to pioneering new solutions that offer hope.

“During the History Festival, there is even the opportunity to attend a historical pub crawl with the Gawler Visitor Information Centre which will offer a guided tour with morning tea of the many historic hotels of Gawler.”


Autumn is packed with a huge variety of entertainment for the whole family, including:

18 February – 20 March 

2022 Gawler Fringe Program

Live Music, Comedy, Film, Theatre, Cabaret, Quiz, Nunga Fringe, Art Exhibition, Drama, Workshops, Demonstrations and more!


Thursday 7 April, 11.00am

No Business Like String Business

Join Jacqui & Brenton Edgecombe, aka String Fever, for a totally showbiz experience inspired by their life in Sydney’s once-thriving variety scene.

Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 April

The Science Collective - STEMmania

Proudly jointly presented by The Science Collective and the Town of Gawler, this STEM experience includes 3 hours of hands-on, interactive fun and science shows. Perfect for kids who love science and technology!

10.00am – 1.00pm – Vacation Care / OSHC group  – Bookings via email: admin@thesciencecollective.com

1.30pm – 4.30pm – General Public Sessions – Bookings via www.gccSTEMmania2022.eventbrite.com.au

Friday 22 April, 8.00pm

Here Comes The Sun: Beatles Tribute by Rachael Leahcar

Rachael Leahcar pays tribute to The Beatles, performing songs from her album ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and many more, to celebrate more than 50 years of legendary music! All your favourites including Let It Be, Here Comes the Sun, Blackbird, I Am The Walrus, Hey Jude, All My Loving and the rest of the best of the Beatles to warm up your pipes and get the toes tapping!

Friday 27 May

Nunga Screen Film Festival

Featuring an entertaining program of First Nations independent films for all ages from emerging to the more established filmmakers.

11.00am & 7.00pm screenings


Online Bookings required for the following events via Eventbrite

Every Tuesday during School Term, 9.30am

Tiny Tales – Library Stories

Tiny Tales story sessions are a perfect way to share stories, songs, fingerplays and activities with your preschooler. Each session explores a new theme. Meet new families, borrow some books, magazines or DVDs, find out about other events and programs that are happening and enjoy some quality time with your child.

March 7 – 10

Adelaide Writer’s Week Live Streaming

Live streaming of Writers’ Week events for those who can’t attend the main event in the city. View a range international author talks right here at the Gawler Civic Centre Library.

Monday 21 March, 10.00am

Being Digital – Protecting your identity online

Saturday 26 March, 10.00am

Saturday Slowdown – Mindful Journalling

Relax and create with like-minded participants. Enjoy the session spent decorating your own journal to take home & use.

Friday 1 April, 6.00pm

Lego for Grown-ups

Have you ever just wanted to tinker with the Lego? Want to come hang out with us and spend some time creating something and enjoying some me-time?  Even better is that the mess is all at our place!

Monday 11 April, 10.00am

Being Digital – Leisure/Well-Being


Online Bookings required for the following events via Eventbrite

Friday 6 May, 6.00pm

Mother’s Day Mindful Watercolour Painting

Monday 16 May, 10.00am

Being Digital – Connecting with others online

Saturday 21 May, 10.00am

Saturday Slowdown - Mindful Jounalling

Relax and create with like-minded participants. Enjoy the session spent decorating your own journal to take home & use.

Monday 30 May, 10.00am

Monday Showcase – Worry Dolls

Youth Space Term Programs

Tuesdays – Dramarama
Wednesdays – Comic Writing / Yu-Gi-Oh
Thursdays – Gawler Youth Band

Skateboard Lessons

Saturday 19 March, 9am – 12pm
Saturday 16 April, 9am – 12pm

Skate Park Event

Saturday 30 April, 11am-4pm

Behind The Scenes Exhibition

March onwards
Official Opening Friday 8 April

May 1 – 31

2022 History Festival

Explore SA’s and Gawler’s places, spaces, stories, collections and ideas that make us who we are. The 2022 theme is reimagine – be bold and reimagine!


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