Doff your fedora, polish your pearls and celebrate a golden era of opulence, architecture and jazz music when the Roaring 20s Festival.. and all that Jazz! Festival kicks up its heels again from 2nd to 24th February 2013.
The annual festival is a fabulous way to celebrate the halcyon days of the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region when visitors flocked to the nation’s first tourist destination eager to embrace an endless round of post-World War I hedonism – sumptuous architecture, costume balls and high teas, saucy clothing, outrageous (for the time) dancing and jazz music.
Held at venues throughout the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region and featuring 1920s-style balls in historic grand ballrooms, high teas, film screenings, jazz performances, vintage couture fashion parades featuring exquisite examples of the era thanks to Festival Ambassador Charlotte Smith, historical walks and much more, the festival program offers an event for everyone.
There are history tours, murder mystery fashion parades, afternoon tea parties, costumed balls, ragtime dancing and cocktails at gorgeous venues of the era, 1920s-themed transport rallies and film nights, community fairs and much more.
And don’t miss the chance to make history by joining in the Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge at Leura Mall on February 2 to set a new Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest number of costumed people dancing the Charleston.
At least 251 people are needed to dance for five minutes in costume (a boa and black dress or a snazzy suit and hat will do). Register now for the Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge.
After the Challenge, rest your feet under the trees and enjoy the ever-popular Automobile Picnic in Leura Mall.
The event, staged by Leura Village Association in conjunction with Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism, will transform the picturesque village back to the 1920s with live entertainment, costumed characters and a convoy of vintage cars, motor bikes and historical vehicles (many of which featured in the Underbelly Razor TV series and Betty Boop, a star of the new Great Gatsby movie).