18 August 2011

Sydney For Kids: Fifties Fair

This Sunday is a fun day on the Sydney festival calendar, and an even more exciting day for those of us with an interest in Australian architecture and design. The Fifties Fair, presented by the Historic Houses Trust, is an annual event celebrating the decade of the fifties at the glorious mid-century modern Rose Seidler House.

Fifties Fair poster
Fifties Fair Rose Seidler House
Fifties Fair couple
Fifties Fair family
Fifties Fair girls
Fifties fair dancing
Fifties Fair couple
Fifties Fair cars
The Fifties Fair is a family-friendly event with live music encouraging dancing (jive and rock n' roll), a 50's DJ, rockabilly dancers, vehicle displays, specialist collectors and dealers and kids' activities. Although not compulsory, attendees are encouraged to join the spirit and dress with 50's flair, with a chance to win a prize at the Fifties Fair fashion awards.

The Rose Seidler House is the first house commissioned for architect Harry Seidler after arriving in Australia. The house was built for his parents Rose and Max between 1948 and 1950 and is one of the finest examples of mid-century modern architecture. The house was the first in Australia to embrace open plan living, minimalist colour schemes and built-in wardrobes and fully embraces the modern concept of indoor-outdoor living. Read more about the Rose Seidler House at the Historic Houses Trust website.

A little birdie told me that the 2011 Fifties Fair is likely to be the last due to the impact upon the Rose Seidler House, so if it's on your to-do list, this year is the year!

Rose Seidler House
71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, NSW 2076
Sunday 21st August, 2011
10.00am — 5.00pm
General $25, Conc/member $2, Family $70 - tickets available at the gate
A free shuttle bus will operate between Turramurra train station and Rose Seidler House for the duration of the event.

Images: Jody Pachniuk (except Rose Seidler House from Historic Houses Trust)


  1. aw how fun that looks!!!!!!!!!

  2. GOsh I love the look of this. Sadly I live half the world away, but inspirational photographs! I am an architecture student and the Rose Seidler House is amazing, love the style.

  3. Really? The last? That would be so sad but I suppose also understandable :(


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