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MayFest Vintage Evenings were "a delight"

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"Beautiful...atmospheric, and relaxed"

“A lovely sunny day with friends, food and drink, and watching a great film”

"A delightful, vintage evening in Dulwich accompanied by a great outdoor cinema experience”

Most of us know Alfred Hitchcock for the mystery and suspense he evoked in his films and visitors to the Eric Ravilious exhibition at Dulwich may be able to spot a similar sense of the uncanny in the artist’s watercolours; the shadow of a chair…a figure in the distance… the coat behind the door perhaps. The Gallery’s first ever MayFest (15 – 17 May), this year looking at Men of Mystery, explored the links between the director and artist with screenings of two of Hitchcock’s classic films during two vintage evenings complete with Ravilious tours, food, drink, shopping, dancing, and merriment.

The Pimms was flowing each night, as the Gallery grounds filled with film buffs, Ravilious fans, and vintage aficionados. The weekend was packed with glamorous ladies and dapper gents, with the best dressed each night winning Ravilious themed prizes. The dancing was in full swing (no pun intended), thanks to Swing Patrol, who transformed attendees in to budding lindy-hoppers.

On Friday night, Rear Window set us on the edge of picnic blankets, whilst The 39 Steps on Saturday had the crowd both laughing and gasping in suspense. Both of the iconic films showed a different side to the director.

We would like to say a big thank you to all the stallholders:

The Crust Conductor, Tartiflette, Original Fry Up Material, Dd's Creperie, Mean Green Foods, Propercorn, the Gallery Café, our Gallery pop up shop, ChiChiRaRa vintage, make-up sessions from Billie McKenzie, Vintage4weekend clothes…

 …and to our lovely guests! If you missed out, or what to do it all again, don’t worry, we’ll be having our next Museums at Night event on Halloween, Saturday 31st October. In the meantime, keep an eye out for photos on our Facebook and Twitter!

Win! If you attended one of our Vintage Evenings or another MayFest event then we want to hear your feedback - please take a moment to fill out our survey and you will be entered into a prize draw.