Origins » Deptford Urban Free Festival

The origins of Party In The Park can be traced back to an annual event called the "Deptford Urban Free Festival". What began in 1989 as a small festival with one stage grew into a massive open air party that attracted thousands of people.

“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.”

Kathy Dunbar, New Cross Learning, Chair

“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..”

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