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.
The New River is the inspiration for the 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 Manor House Development Trust invites people to come and celebrate every year to discover this unexplored oasis and wildlife haven.
The festival launched with the 2013 festival held in Finsbury Park with 2,000 people in attendance with comedy, swing dancing and a specially commissioned New River Cantata choir. The 2014 festival took place at the West Reservoir Centre.
The Hidden River Festival 2016 was situated along the New River Path beside the East and West Reservoirs at Woodberry Down on the 10th of September. Rainy weather didn’t stop visitors to enjoy a day of activities, music, food and many other interesting stalls.
Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship held a cultural mapping stall at the festival and engaged with the local people about their views and perceptions of this rapid changing neighbourhood.