Last year over 8,000 attended the RiverFest at Lordship Rec. You came to eat crayfish, taste locally made cheese, drink local beer, listen to music, dance with Folk Dance Remixed, help to decorate our river Goddess, make fish kites, eat some amazing food and have a great time. Most of all, you loved the festival and told us that you want to return this year.
So far we only have £2k from the council so we need your help. If everyone who attended last year gave us £5 we could up the bar and build on the success of the festival. Our budget is £18k, we're aiming to raise at least £10k on Spacehive & look for sponsorship for the remaining £6k. No funding means no festival for Tottenham.
We have applied for an events licence for the Tottenham River Festival from Haringey Council and are currently waiting the licence to be granted. In the unlikely circumstance that the licence is not granted, no money will be collected from backers.
What we'll deliver:
- Allow us to pay for musicians, artists, staging and everything else it takes to put a festival together
- Invite artists and muscians to run workshops in advance of the festival with local young people
- Host Tottenhams' first craft beer festival with all 6 local craft brewers present
- Pay for staging, stalls and more loos!
Why it's a great idea:
The RiverFest is an opportunity for us to showcase our 7 pledges; simple things we can all do to make our rivers healthier. The river Moselle runs from the west to the east of Haringey, and into the River Lea. Both are heavily polluted. We have a right to clean water and must treat rivers as the precious places they are. The Riverfest is the perfect way to show we treasure our city watercourses and want to see them cared for properly.
We also showcase locally based producers, giving them space to sell their produce whether it's local honey to hand made jewellery.
In addition for the first time ever, we will be bringing all six of the local Tottenham based artisan breweries to the RiverFest for the first Tottenham beer festival. We are also joining up with the Tottenham flower and produce show, and the Hub, celebrating 5 years at Lordship Rec. So a double 5 year anniversary. We think that's something worth celebrating.
Steps to get it done:
- Book our artists and musicians for the day
- Print our event guide to include our 7 pledges
- Book our stage and tents and other infrastructures
If everyone who attended last year pledged £5 we'd be sorted! However, just to encourage you, if you pledge over £20 we'll enter you into a draw to win some amazing prizes, from cheese and beer making, to a day with Crayfish Bob, fishing for your own crayfish supper.
Folkdance Remixed have this to say about the Riverfest;
'In our experience as a national touring company, we can honestly say that it is one of the best run and friendliest festivals that we have appeared at. What’s more, and surely, most importantly, this festival is right on the doorstep of this diverse local community & it is well documented that local festivals provide much needed & wanted arts engagement for families and that, in turn, encourages social cohesion & tolerance amongst different groups. We urge you to support this wonderful festival.'