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The Hidden River Festival

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The Hidden River Festival is an free annual waterside festival, giving local people a chance to enjoy a mix of live music, food stalls, art and fun for all the family with the aim of connecting the communities living alongside the New River, which runs through Hackney and Haringey.

See below some of the great memories in our festival photo gallery.

  • The Turbans rock the house

The New River is the inspiration for our festival, but it is neither new nor a river. It was built over 400 years ago to bring Londoners fresh water from the springs of Hertfordshire and provides a beautiful green way through this part of the city, which we invite people to come and celebrate with us every year to discover this unexplored oasis and wildlife haven!

The festival launched with the 2013 festival held in Finsbury Park on Sunday, 22 September, with 2,000 people in attendance with comedy, swing dancing and a specially commissioned New River Cantata choir.  The 2014 festival took place on International World Peace Day, Sunday 21st September, at the West Reservoir Centre and was headlined by the Turbans. Check out how much fun we had with this really cool video of the day.

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