Mayhem: Kings Cross 1945
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Inspired by events in and around Kings Cross, Elizabeth Bay House travels back to 1945, hosting a party to celebrate the end of the Second World War and to farewell American GIs stationed in Sydney.
No matter what sort of hoofer you are, come along and learn the jitterbug with James Star from Sydney Swing Katz, marvel at our 1940s catwalk featuring the latest fashions, and even participate in our best dressed competition!
Immerse yourself in the history of Elizabeth Bay House as you listen to the retelling of first-hand experiences during the midget sub attacks on the bay, as viewed from the upstairs morning room. Make yourself your very own garrison cap in a workshop run by Sew Make Create, or learn how to draw 1940s navy tattoos with expert Jimmy Memento.
Downstairs in the secret cellars, win big in our illegal gambling den and trade what you’ve got for whatever you can barter for on the black market. But beware of shady deals, or you may end up with bupkis!
Listen to live readings of letters from the front line by The Jetpack Collective, or have a cheeky peek in our illicit back-room. Come decked out in your finest 1940s party garb, or represent in your service uniform one last time, and have your vintage look immortalised in our photo booth. A celebration of the end of the war & one last hurrah with our visiting service men - it’ll be the cat’s meow!
Presented in collaboration with The Festivalists
Museum entry, full program of activities and entertainment, first drink and hot snacks included in the ticket price. Bar is cash only.