Neville Staple Band live on stage

Sunshine, music and celebration at Phoenix Festival 2018

Updated: 23 July 2018 at 18:30pm

We were delighted to welcome around 3,500 people to our Phoenix Festival on Sunday afternoon in Forster Memorial Park.

With temperatures topping 27 degrees the crowds in the park were treated to family friendly activities and live music, as we celebrated our 10th anniversary as London's only resident-led housing association.

Top of the bill was former Specials and Fun Boy Three frontman Neville Staple and his band, performing classic Ska hits. Other performers included Amy True, The New York Brass band, Sienna, tribute band the Spice Girlz, and young people from Phoenix’s Young Makers Agency.

Residents and staff teams worked together on many of the interactive and fun attractions, such as being a junior repairs service worker (pictured) and the history of Phoenix, and spent time engaging with visitors as we sought their thoughts and opinions about the future of Phoenix.

Model making at 2018 Phoenix Festival

Thanks to our corporate sponsors there were many free activities. These included: massage zone, velcro darts, zorb racing, bubbleologist, face painting & balloon modelling, arts and crafts, graffiti art, 10 birthday sign decoration, making The Green Man sculpture, T-shirt design tent, dog show, clay making workshop, climbing wall, and tea & coffee in the quiet zone.

The day also featured script workshops with the Fellowship Inn project, the cultural regeneration project for Bellingham, led by the Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre.

It was packed with many voluntary and community organisations working in partnership with Phoenix offering advice and information, such as Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, who offered free pet microchipping.

Street performances from Granny Tourismo kept the crowds chuckling as they waited for their rides, or watched the main stage or even the world go by relaxing on the grass.

Phoenix CEO Jim Ripley said: "What an amazing birthday party we shared on Sunday to celebrate the 10th birthday of Phoenix becoming London’s only resident-led community housing association. It was relaxed, friendly and community oriented. and emphasised great community spirit, cohesion, and diversity."

The Phoenix Festival is possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: BBFI, Amalgamated Lifts, European Asbestos Removals, Open View Door entry, H20 Water Survey & remedial, A D Construction, Oxleas Tree Care, Rydon Construction, Pellings, Saltash, Thomas Sinden, Black Architecture, Castleton, J D Services, Mobysoft Ltd, Bridge Recruitment.