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Soul in the City festival returns to Upper Street this week

Events include a quiz night, an opera, family fun day and live music

06 June, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

The festival in Upper Street draws hundreds of people every year

SOUL in the City, the annual festival hosted by St Mary’s Church in Upper Street, returns tomorrow (Wednesday) with a quiz night themed around refugees.

Starting at 7.30pm, the Big Quiz: Where did they come from? is the title of the quiz, which is held in partnership with Amnesty International.

The following day, the church will stage an opera, Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage) one of Cimarosa’s most famous and best loved operas about two sisters and a secret marriage. A free drink will be provided for guests.

On Friday, the festival continues with a free music and poetry event featuring a variety of jazz pieces, opera duets, sacred choral music and poems. It will start at 7.30pm. Those who with to attend are asked to register in advance.

Saturday will see a family fun day which will include a visit from one of Islington’s finest fire engines, a bouncy castle, live music, face painting and a free café. The event will start at 1pm.

And on Sunday, the church in Upper Street will host a neighbourhood community celebration from 1pm. The afternoon includes a history walk, a meet and greet with local charities working with refugees and migrants, food and live music. The afternoon will culminate in a worship service at 3pm.

St Mary’s Reverend Simon Harvey said: “We are delighted to be hosting Soul in the City once again. St. Mary’s Church is at the heart of Islington and we want to reach out to everyone in our parish and beyond, so whether they bring their children down to the fun day, reserve a seat at the opera or just pop down for a cup of tea and a chat we would love to see all our neighbours over the weekend.”

Admission to the events is free but people are asked to register in advance.

For more information call Imogen Erskine at St Mary’s on 020 7226 3400 or email


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