The Party, organised by New Cross Learning and Madcap Coalition in Fordham Park, is a revival of the famous Urban festival. It’s a community event for all ages, with family events, arts and crafts, stalls, spoken word, as well as local bands and acts for all tastes from disco to reggae, punk rock, soul and folk. There will be food stalls, a beer tent, a bookstall and bric a brac for sale.
“In its day, Urban Festival was the alternative Glastonbury. This party is being organised by local people for local people and it’s also a celebration of local talent – the musicians and artists you’ll be reading about next year. And unlike so many festivals today it’s absolutely free,” said New Cross Learning Chair Kathy Dunbar.
“We think the Party in the Park embodies the spirit of New Cross: this is a brilliant community and people have come together to volunteer their time and local organisations have sponsored the party,” said Dunbar
Patrick Lyons of Optical Radio will MC on the main stage, and acts include a hula hooping showcase, street dancers, a zumba class, as well as a stage for local musicians: Bands/ singers include:
Little Big Noise
Nunhead Folk Circle
Jean Jean’s Massive hugs
Stolen (999 club)
The Magic City Trio
The Shocks of Mighty!
The Family of Cats
The Fruitful Earth
The Pit Ponies
Old Kent Roadies
Unit 137 Soundsystem
The Party’s sponsors include Sanford Housing Cooperative, The Hill Station Cafe, The New Cross Inn and Little Nans Bar.
The organisers are still looking for volunteers: contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Party in the Park will take place at Fordham Park, New Cross, on Saturday 14 September from 1pm-8pm.
New Cross Learning is a community run library and learning space in New Cross and volunteers working for the library have played a major role in organising the programme for the Party. Our website is www.newcrosslearning.com.
MadCap Coalition is a performing arts organisation which organises Urban fetes and workshops. http://www.madcapcoalition.org.uk/
Updates to the line-up and the event can be found here https://www.facebook.com/events/537516406305092 and on the twitter feed @partyinthepark3