History festivals

History festivals

Celebrating the past

There are a number of history festivals held throughout the year and the City of Sydney proudly participates in many of them.

We Love Sydney Town Hall

Our recent open day, We Love Sydney Town Hall, proved without a doubt that Sydneysiders do indeed love their Town Hall and treasure their associations with this remarkable building.

Among the many people who came and shared their stories on 3 May (see the image gallery below) were members of the Ikebana Society who created a wonderful floral display, Alan Dale who brought along memorabilia from performances with his band The Houserockers, and Norm Grundy who spent 1,400 hours over 3 years making an accurate scale model of Sydney Town Hall using 80,000 matches.

There were lots of memories shared too – the thrill of making a debut in the Town Hall, singing on stage in the Messiah choir, cushion concerts, Battle of the Bands, cat shows, model railway exhibitions and seeing the Queen in 1954.

The memorabilia and stories that were shared with us will form part of an exhibition about Sydney Town Hall later this year.

If you have memorabilia which you would like to share with us for We Love Sydney Town Hall, please contact mbetteridge@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

History Week

History Week is our state's annual festival of history, celebrated each year in the first week of September.

In 2014, History Week explored the impact of World War I abroad and at home. Historians from the City of Sydney presented 2 illustrated talks during History Week.

In 2012, City historians and the civic collection curator discussed the art of window dressing, fashionable functions at Sydney Town Hall, Sydney's 1950s fashion scene and the history of Australian icon, the Akubra hat.

Heritage Festival

The National Trust Heritage Festival is held every year throughout April and May, and it is celebrated at hundreds of fantastic events across metropolitan and regional NSW.

Events include community activities such as discovery tours, art exhibitions, talks, award presentations, concerts, open days, photographic and historical displays, and community fairs. 

Links

History WeekHeritage Festival

We Love Sydney Town Hall photos

Last updated: Tuesday, 16 September 2014