It may be a little while before I get to go back to the harbour city, but if you’re already there (or going there soon) you might like to check out these events – if only to make me envious!
The 1950s was an exuberant decade that saw the birth of rock and roll, new fashions and social mores, and a breakaway generation who became known as teenagers. At the turn of the 21st century there are some for whom the ’50s never died. Photographer Steven Siewert has spent years documenting Sydney’s rockabillies, a vibrant subculture who live and breathe an era that predates their earliest birthdays. The boys dress for cool with stovepipe jeans and slick quiffs, while the women wear dazzling cocktail frocks by night and colourful vintage dresses by day.
Museum of Sydney: on now until Sunday 17 August, 2008
Now in its 14th year the Fifties Fair has grown to become the ultimate 50s celebration, set perfectly against the striking modernism of Rose Seidler House.
This year’s program will include swing band Ben Jones Jazz and rockabilly band Pat Capocci Combo, a 50s DJ, dance demos, vehicle displays, street theatre and the famous Fifties Fair fashion awards. Make sure you dress up in your favorite 50s threads and visit the 50s stylist for that authentic look. Collectors will be in retro paradise with the cream of 50s specialist stalls, while kids are entertained by crafts, hula hoop and dance workshops.
Rose Seidler House – Sunday 24 August – 10.00am — 5.00pm – General $15 Conc/Members $8 Family $38
Words and photos naughtily stolen from the respective websites.
UPDATE: Received a comment from Oliver of Risky Lunar Love:
I’m coming to the fifties fair this year for the first time. Were putting an awesome full 50’s tiki, sci-fi musical together in September, thought id let you know in case you want to come down!