About us

East Finchley Festival is an inclusive FREE one-day community festival in London N2, produced for the benefit of the local community. The festival has existed in its current form since the early 1970s.

Since 2019 it has been run by East Finchley Festival CIC, a non-profit Community Interest Company, registered in England & Wales, company no. 12271366.

Funding

We are a completely independent social enterprise and receive no funding from Barnet Council or any other external body. We rely heavily on sponsorship from local businesses and kind donations from the public.

DONATIONS

You can support your community festival with either a one-off or regular donation.


Meet the team

East Finchley Festival CIC
Andrew Myers-NobbsAlison RobertsMike HughesCharles O’Toole
Festival Team

Event Managers: Alison Roberts & Mike Hughes
Health & Safety: Andrew Myers-Nobbs

Sponsorship: Andy Winterburgh & Matthew Bond
Programme Advertising: Jess Feller
Accounts & Administration: Justyna Zalewska
Sustainability consultant: Josh King

Food Stalls: Miché Pears
General Stalls Alison Roberts & Alys Wainwright

Main Stage: Kate Galston & Pat Leacock
Community Stage: Gail Coles & Miché Pears
Storytelling Tent/Kids’ Zone: Fiona Doyle
Wellbeing Zone: Sunnah Rose

Chief Steward: Andrew Myers-Nobbs
Operational Support/Traffic: Derek Chambers
Site Manager: Owen Rowlands
Field Co-ordnators: Charles O’Toole, Josh King & Andy Winterburgh
Steward Team Leaders: Alison Moore & Arjun Mittra
Volunteer Co-ordinator: Steph Migchelsen

We are supported by a huge army of volunteers, both in the build up to the festival and on the day. If you’d like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.


Festival Principles

East Finchley Festival CIC is committed to ensure that:

– East Finchley Festival is inclusive, with a welcome given to all within our community
– The festival is free at the point of entry
– Stage performances and entertainment are free of charge
– Stage acts perform on a voluntary basis and do not receive payment
– Preference is given to local (to N2) food vendors, stallholders and entertainment acts
– Quality local independent trade and craft stalls are preferred
– Vendors should consider the environmental impact of any products they sell. Balloons, foil, glitter and disposable plastics are not permitted.
– Food vendors should aim to minimise their use of single-use disposable items. Disposable containers and packaging should be degradeable/compostable via domestic facilities
– Vehicular access to Cherry Tree Wood is limited to essential suppliers. Festival attendees are encouraged to arrive on foot or by public transport.
– Motorised entertainments such as funfair rides are not permitted.
– Generators are kept to a minimum and only provided for the running of festival activities and infrastructure.
– We aim to leave Cherry Tree Wood in as good a state, if not a better, than it was before the festival.
– Consideration is shown to residents living in the immediate vicinity of Cherry Tree Wood to minimise any adverse impact the event might have upon the local area.

Sustainability statement

East Finchley Festival CIC is committed to ensuring that the festival is as environmentally sustainable as possible. Our goal is to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint and environmental impact incrementally each year. In this endeavour we seek to engage the local community and prioritise stallholders and vendors at the event who are committed to assisting us in making the festival as sustainable as possible. Since taking over the management of East Finchley Festival in 2019 we have taken the following steps:

2020: We banned foil and plastic balloons, helium, and single-use plastics of any sort at the festival.
2021: All our cups are now vegware, which is compostable in regular rubbish.
2022: Barnet Council installed a bottle refill station in Cherry Tree Wood.
2023: We replaced our diesel generators with an HVO (hydroteated vegetable oil) powered generator for the main stage and a solar array/battery combo for the community stage.
2024: We have used carbon offsetting to become carbon neutral.