History goes punk

Published Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

Punk culture

Fairfield City Museum & Gallery will soon host a free talk that delves into the history of punk as a movement of self-expression.

Head of Costume at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts Fiona Reilly will present “Punk: So What’s New?” as part of History Week, celebrated between 2 and 10 September 2017.

“Historically, young people are renowned for expressing themselves through their choice in fashion, garments and style,” Ms Reilly said.

“From the 1450s trend of early-modern European pointy shoes, to pointy shoes back in vogue 500 years later, we’ll explore a history of distinct styles, behaviours and interests, often at the disapproval of parents, grandparents and authority.”

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said there were parallels between punk history and the way Fairfield City’s diverse community expressed themselves today.

“Given our City’s great cultural diversity, our residents all have their own unique identities and forms of expression,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Fiona Reilly’s upcoming talk will provide an interesting look into the history of punk culture and will illustrate the similarities that exist between the heyday of punk culture and our existing community’s array of unique voices and perspectives.”

People who are interested should register online www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/punktalk.

Hosted by Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, “Punk: So What’s New?” is presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2017, with support from Create NSW.

Event details

Punk: So What’s New?
Wednesday 6 September, 6pm–7pm
Fairfield City Museum & Gallery
634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield
Parking off Oxford Street