The host of the party is local charity City YMCA London. This local YMCA has long demonstrated a commitment to the young people of islington, especially those young people who have experienced homelessness. 


Their hostel in Errol Street off Whitecross Street has helped thousands of vulnerable young people get their lives back on track. Currently closed for re-development, the new hostel will open in Spring 2019 and set a new standard for homeless accommodation in and beyond London. 


The Drum, their youth intervention centre on Whitecross Street, will become the hub of the party on the day. 


Director CHRIS EAST takes responsibility for the event as a whole and also comes with a history of event production in London based cultural events.




The Whitecross Street Party is primarily planned by local people for local people. The event is organised by a steering group that includes representatives from across the local community;


Residents Groups

  • Braithwaite House TMO
  • Coltish Court
  • Golden Lane Residents Association
  • Peabody Estate Residents Association 
  • Quaker Court TMO 
  • Whitecross Estate TRA


Community Groups 

Friends of Fortune Street Park

Prior Weston Primary School 


Wesley’s Chapel

Arts Groups 

  • Curious Duke Gallery 
  • Kunstraum Art Gallery
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • LSO Community Choir
  • The Barbican Arts Centre
  • I Will Tell Film Festival 


Local Companies

  • LinkLaters
  • Simmons & Simmons




WXSF is indebted to Islington Council, to the BunHill Ward Counsellors and to the Partnerships, Places and Culture Team for providing the funds to make the party possible. Thank you.

City YMCA London is a Registered Charity No 1053864