Finsbury park was brought alive on Sunday, 22 September, when up to 2,000 local people turned out for a day of community fun, local food, music, comedy and stalls to celebrate 400 years of the new river running through our local area.

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 “Thank you so much to MHDT for helping us out and providing such a great space. This really helped us meet so many local residents and make the day such a great success” – Event Organiser, Hackney Council

“What a great day. I met so many people that I haven’t seen for ages. It reminded of events we used to have in this area, a bit like a village fete” – Local resident

 “I had a fab day with the family at the hidden river festival! Great music and a lovely crowd. The perfect way to end the summer!” – Local resident

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Sponsored by Manor House PACT and the Big Lottery Fund, the Hidden River Festival was the culmination of months of planning by a team of dedicated volunteers and boy was it a success! Events kicked off with a stunning choral performance of the New River Cantata, a special piece of music created by local composer Stuart Wood and performed for the first time at the festival by a 60 strong choir featuring many familiar faces from around Woodberry down. Face painting and pirate ship modeling entertained the kids and local history walks gave interesting insight into the story of the new river and Woodberry down itself.

You can listen to the New River Cantata below.