The sixth annual Hidden River Festival took place on Saturday 15 September 2018 and saw over 5000 people attend from the Woodberry Down area and across London. The festival included over 50 stalls, saw 25 live acts across three stages, boasted 14 food and drink stalls and saw a variety of interactive workshops and actitivities.
Then festival takes place from outside the Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, N4 2HF, to the Woodberry Wetlands along the New River Path.
Reflecting on the day, Simon Donovan, Manor House Development Trust (MHDT)’s CEO said: ‘The Hidden River Festival is one of the clearest signs of how strong the Woodberry Down community is. So many free activities and events and so many smiling faces: you simply could not ask for anything else.’
Local and corporate volunteers helped with the preparation and the event saw 50 volunteers support on the day. Highlights included a Hidden River Festival zine, Global Fusion Vegan Creole Bakery, and Hackney Herbal. Attendees caught performances from Zkeletonz, WondRWomN, Phoebe Coco, and Hackney Community Orchestra.
Long time musical collaborator and frequent Redmond Community Centre facilitator and volunteer Sharon Marshall said: ‘Once again you pulled out all the stops and provided a stellar example of an inclusive festival connecting and empowering communities. Awesome.’
Hidden River Festival, organised by MHDT and Berkeley Homes, received funding support from Hackney Council and Notting Hill Genesis. Berkeley added: ‘This year was an unrivalled success, with hundreds of visitors enjoying themselves and the phenomenal community spirit of Woodberry Down. An incredible celebration of this thriving community, in the beating heart of Woodberry Down.’