The bohemian atmosphere of Sydney’s historic Artistic Balls will swing back into style for one night in September.

As part of ‘History Week’ the art-deco ballroom in David Jones’ CBD store will be decked out in the style of the Sydney Artist Ball of 1933.

The famed balls, which began in the 1880s, drew artists, writers, musicians, models, and muses from across the country, were famous for their exuberance, excess and characters. The re-creation will feature costumed guests, canapés 30s-style and a swing band (

‘The Artists’ Ball: A Fairy Tale Begins’ is one of hundreds of events in History Week 2013, organised by the History Council of NSW, which also includes ‘The Yellow House Pop Up Gallery’.

This pop-up art installation is based on the 1970’s Kings Cross art destination the ‘Yellow House’, a drop-in centre for artistic figures of the time.

The exhibition involves five contemporary artists, including Reg Mombasa and Archibald Portrait Prize winner Wendy Sharpe, whose work has been inspired “by a legendary artistic figure from Sydney’s past”.

The ‘Picture This’ themed History Week runs from 7 to 15 September.