The sixth annual Hidden River Festival that took place on Saturday 15th September 2018 was a booming success, with over 5,000 people attending from both the Woodberry Down area and all over London.

The festival included over 50 sales and information stalls, a sports area, over 25 live acts gracing the 3 performance stages, 14 food and drink stalls and a vast variety of interactive workshops and activities. This year the perfect weather welcomed visitors from the new part of Spring Park, along the New River Path, to the Woodberry Wetlands, with full participation from London Wildlife Trust and The Coal House.

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.”

Both local and corporate volunteers helped in festival preparations, and over 50 volunteers gathered on 15th September to help make the event a success. Stall highlights included a Hidden River Festival zine, Global Fusion Vegan Creole Bakery, and Hackney Herbal. Performers included Zkeletonz, WondRWomN, Phoebe Coco, and Hackney Community Orchestra. The Woodberry Wetlands hosted an entire day of activities including wetland treasure hunts and pottery making.

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/event connecting and empowering community(ties). Awesome.”

Magic Box E17 Interactive Storytelling who participated for the first time told us:  “I had a fabulous time with a great crowd! Well done on a lovely event with such a relaxed vibe.”

The festival was organised and funded by MHDT and Berkeley Homes, with funding support from Hackney Council and Notting Hill Genesis. An after-party showcasing photos and an amazing community art piece from the day and providing food, drinks and music to celebrate all who took part will take place at the Redmond Community Centre on 12th October from 6-9pm. The 2019 festival date will be announced some time next spring.