Vintage festival to be held on South Bank

Wayne Hemingway’s cultural festival, Vintage, is to take place in July this year as part of celebrations at London’s Southbank Centre to mark the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain.

Vintage, which was held at the Goodwood Estate last year, will be tied in with the four-month celebrations, which will commemorate the 1951 festival through contemporary culture.

Design Week understands that Hemingway has also been in talks with Bristol place-making director Mike Bennett about bringing the festival to Bristol in 2012.

Vintage charts music, fashion, design and culture from the 1940s to the 1980s and on into a ’Now’ era celebrating design and music inspired by its cultural lineage, while a Future Vintage theme aims to identify future design classics. Ahead of last year’s inaugural event Hemingway said, ’The whole thing is more about design and recreation than nostalgia’.

Hemingway would not reveal any details of events ahead of a public announcement made this morning, which was expected to divulge only the date and location for Vintage. A spokeswoman for The Southbank Centre says details are still being finalised, but the public areas surrounding the centre could conceivably lend themselves to Vintage structures. It is understood the format will be different to Vintage at Goodwood.

Running from 3 May to 4 September, the Festival of Britain celebrations will include themed weekends, which, according to The Southbank Centre, will offer ’a vibrant outdoor environment including shows, market stalls and family activities’.

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