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Vintage is coming to London

After the news that Vintage at Goodwood festival was cancelled, the event has risen again as Vintage Festival and will now take place at London’s Southbank Centre.

I went last summer.  Called Vintage at Goodwood it was the first year, taking its lead from the Festival of Britain (1951). There is no single focus in terms of creative arts. The festival celebrates musical, fashion, film, art, design and cultural lineages, from the 1920s to 1980s.

Perhaps a little overwhelming in what it had to offer (at least  for our one day visit) this also meant that you certainly couldn’t get bored. We have danced to some awesome bands, bought some gorgeous stuff and did a lot of people watching. Even managed to see some hilarious films I didn’t know existed (settled in a cool compact cinema made of an old  bus whilst waiting for the summer storm to blow over). We got lost in the party mood and so we were not organised enough to make it on time for a retro makeover, dance lesson, catwalk show or creative workshop – but I am sure it was lots of fun!


The people behind the festival are designers Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway (Red or Dead). Vintage 2011 will be taking place from Friday 29th until Sunday 31st July with the 21 acre South Bank site transformed into a Vintage wonderland. All the clubs, bands, fashions, art, and design, film, shops, vintage retailers, dance lessons, makeovers, workshops that made Vintage 2010 so memorable will be there along with some new Thames boat party surprises.

Vintage on the South Bank features an inspirational line-up of world renowned bands, DJs, collectors from each decade as well as current bands and brands inspired by Britain’s rich creative heritage. Vintage will feature a line-up of catwalk shows, hands on creative experiences with a gathering of over 200 of the finest purveyors of vintage clothing, accessories, and homewares in a Vintage Marketplace running for hundreds of metres along The Thames.

Visitors can have their hair + make up done in a iconic style, can take part in fashion, design and art workshops and the best dressed get their chance to strut their stuff on the Vintage Catwalk.

By night the whole of the Southbank complex will be transformed into a series of evocative set dressed venues, complimented by a flotilla of party boats, cruising The Thames on a summer evening specialising in genres from funk, to electro swing.

The British Film Institute will also host three days of 20th century classic and iconic movies, Public Information films and documentaries.

London’s best cultural quarter to host Britain’s best new cultural event… A perfect fit. Throw on your best frock, pack your dancing shoes and join us for Vintage’s annual celebration of British cool.


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