May Day Oxford GW 900X600
CREDIT: Graham Wilson

May Day, Oxford

Event info

* Subject to restrictions being lifted and the event not being postponed *

A Supported Photo-walk. Number of participants: 8 maximum.

[In association with the RPS Documentary Group Thames Valley]

May Morning in Oxford is a traditional celebration of the coming of Spring which brings together Oxford's diverse communities to enjoy dancing, singing and revelry.
The celebrations start at 6am with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower.
A procession of dancers and musicians (traditional and modern) lead the vast crowd around the streets stopping at various spots (such as the Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Library) for highly photogenic displays.  The crowd often dress up too and Oxford has a LOT of resident characters!  The students have been up all night, and the pubs start serving live music around 8am.  All in all, a great opportunity for cultural documentary, street and portraiture images.
We meet at the foot of the Great Tower (best to be there before 5:30am and allow plenty of time to walk through the crowd).

Event Organiser

Graham Wilson



Great Tower, Oxford

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