FASHION AND MUSIC FANS can look forward to looking back with a weekend Vintage and Retro Festival being held across the city on 1-2 June.
Organised by Sunderland Live, the two-day festival, being held across various venues including Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Mowbray Park and along the seafront showcases the best of vintage fashion, music and beauty from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
A festival market, hosted by Daisy Green Media and Events, will feature 20 local and regional independent vintage and retro businesses selling clothing, accessories, home wares and crafts. Groups like the Wearside Wanderers Scooter Club and band The Revolutionaires will be helping to keep the music and culture of the Mod era alive.
Local business Serendipity Tea and Trinkets will be hosting a very special Vintage Afternoon Tea in the Museum’s Pottery Gallery where guests will be entertainment by singers Scarlet Street and a fashion show.
Chief Operating Officer, Chris Alexander said: “Sunderland Live is developing a range of city centre festivals to attract residents and visitors into Sunderland. Following on from the success of Sunderland Soundscape and the Feel Good Weekend, the Vintage and Retro Festival will have something for everyone whatever their age.
” We hope that people will come along and enjoy all elements of the festival, take the opportunity to dress in retro clothing, take tea like they did in the fifties, and enjoy some great live music.”
Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “The Vintage and Retro Festival is another in a wide-ranging and exciting programme of events across our city.
“For whatever reason people love to look back and nostalgia is not only an appreciation and celebration of the culture of previous generations, but also a growing market for local business.”