Posted by Leona Thrift-ola
Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s award-winning Vintage Festival, which celebrates the best of British creativity and culture across the 1920s to the1980s is back for 2012! It has a grand new home at Boughton House Estate, known as ‘The English Versailles’ in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, where vintage-lovers will gather for one glamorous, fun-filled weekend with an emphasis on cutting-edge fashion, art, design, style, film, food and, of course, music, celebrated across the decades.
By moving to Northamptonshire we’ve made it completely accessible for the rest of the country to get involved with Vintage. We know that there are huge amounts of people around the UK with a fondness for British culture and the vintage scene and we want to make it easier for them to come and enjoy the Vintage experience.
Vintage is a different type of festival, it is like a big dressing-up box, a creative feast for all ages where you can dance the dances of the decades, watch world-renowned bands, buy fantastic vintage clothes and accessories, take part in creative workshops, eat wonderful food, watch iconic movies, enjoy catwalk shows, see the cars, the designs and the art that helped make Britain the world’s creative hotspot.
It’s about having a glamorous, fun, celebratory and uncompromisingly comfortable time in stunning surroundings. We believe that we have found those stunning surroundings in our new home and look forward to having more people from across the country come together to celebrate Britain in 2012.
Highlights will be our pop-up pub the North South Divide, which will feature Comedy with Cake and Bingo to the sounds of punk choir The Hackney Secular Singers.
We’ll have workshops a plenty for those who want to get crafty and creative over the weekend. Butress & Snatch will be showing us how to make frilly knickers and fancy pants. Cloth Kits will offer workshops where you can learn to make your own shift dress, 50s skirt and more (all materials provided), there’ll be make do and mend workshops so people can learn to repair clothing, Emily Peacock (as seen on Kirsty’s Homemade Britain) will be running tapestry workshops, there’s Upcycling workshops where you can learn to revamp furniture (more a demo than a workshop) and vintage china, plus learn how to make cake stands from Vinyl records!
For fashion-lovers Jo Wood is returning to the Vintage Festival with a Studio 54-themed catwalk show. Our theme for this year’s art salon is ‘protest’ and the Bad Art Salon will be judged by Vic Reeves.
Don’t forget to bring the kids along! The Hive will bring creative play to the festival, plus there’ll be a Toon Afternoon, an egg & spoon race, a sack race, plus learn how to make your own sock puppet or kite, plus Vintage Nannies on site to look after the little ones.
PLUS – Vintage vehicle displays, The Chap Olympiad, pop-up barber shop quartets and musicals, the Wall of Death and loads more! Phewee. Get the date in your diary 13th to 15th July 2012.
And you could also be in with the chance of winning tickets to this year's Vintage Festival by entering Preloved's fab competition right this way.
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