Thursday September 5, 2013

Mosman Faces: The Festival of Mosman

Mosman Faces lives on and this year we added two more ‘Faces’ with stories from Kenneth Dryland and Diane Wachman.

Once again the stories are presented as filmed interviews on the web and complemented by images from the Local Studies Collection.

Kenneth was director of the inaugural Festival of Mosman in 1981 and continued to direct this major event until 1997 and Diane, too, was an integral and active member of the Festival of Mosman Committee from its beginnings.

Their stories have gone ‘live’ so relive the1980’s and share your memories of a time that seems just like yesterday.

Mosman Faces is about community engagement and Kenneth Dryland as director of the Festival wrote the book on community engagement.

Relive Kenneth and Diane’s stories of grand parades, opera concerts and twilight Venetian festivals and the efforts behind the scenes that involved shops, businesses, social committees, fund raising committees, artists, musicians and schools.

Bringing the community together and organising all the activities into one festival, the first of its kind in Sydney, was no mean feat for Kenneth and Diane and their committee – and they came back for more, working on seven festivals together. And the people came back for more too, putting Mosman on the map for arts entertainment and shopping!

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Speaking of shopping, to coincide with the Mosman Faces launch, the Library will host a Festival of Mosman exhibition celebrating the beginnings of the Festival (1-13 October 2013) and an exhibition of shopping bags ‘It’s in the bag‘.

It’s all about the bag and Donna Braye, Local Studies Librarian thought it was time to collect these bags, exhibit them and keep them as a picture of Mosman shops forever more.
So come along and view this colourful display of ‘It’s in the bag – a little bit of Mosman’s history in a bag.’

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