Review: Beats & Eats at Matthew’s Yard

Posted on April 21st, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin chats to the organisers of Beats & Eats, a monthly music night, while enjoying the sounds and succulent food

Once a month in Matthews Yard, the two ingredients of fresh food and melodious music are blended together to create Beats & Eats, a fun-filled night where all individuals can come and simply be themselves. Saturday April 5th was only the sixth … Read More »

Croydon Bass Lift: Black Sheep’s little lamb?

Posted on April 18th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford discovers an unexpected night full of booming bass at Fairfield Halls

Who knew Fairfield Halls held this type of music event? Booming bass, lively lighting and under 30s. But they do – it’s called Croydon Bass Lift. With Black Sheep Bar’s unfortunate closing, it was great to see a night where bass-heavy music was championed. Since Croydon is one of dubstep’s original homes, … Read More »

Restaurant Review: Apatura

Posted on April 17th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. No Comments

Joy Akwue-Butler finds a friendly family run restaurant the perfect place to catch up with friends and eat delicious food

14 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DL
Time from East Croydon  15 minutes

On the evening of Wednesday 2nd April I had arranged to meet up with my friends Pete and Fiona at Apatura restaurant in South Croydon. We meet up once a month and each … Read More »

Can young Croydon change the world?

Posted on April 16th, by Chris Gaisie in Culture. No Comments

Do you believe in the young people of Croydon? Chris Gaisie tells you why you should

On 25th April 2014 at the Croydon Hilton, some of them will set out to try as Croydon-based organisations Live and Unplugged and Reaching Higher team up to launch Global View - a platform for young people to engage and get active in fighting poverty and injustice.

Global View was conceived after 15 volunteers from … Read More »

Molten gold in the minster: review of ‘A Celebration of Victorian Church Music’

Posted on April 10th, by Rosie Edser in Culture. 1 Comment

Rosie Edser experiences both an hour of gloriousness and an education

My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord: A Celebration of Victorian Church Music at Croydon Minster, Saturday March 29th

Some of the six Archbishops of Canterbury who are buried in Croydon Minster may have twitched uncomfortably in their graves at the thought of sacred worship music being performed to an applauding audience, but it … Read More »

Review: Mi Cocina Es Tuya, Café Latino Crystal Palace

Posted on April 9th, by Kasper Seward in Culture. 1 Comment

Mi Cocina Es Tuya is a little gem waiting to be discovered in Crystal Palace

61 Westow Street, SE19 3RW tel. 020 8771 4078
Time from East Croydon   30 minutes

As the only Venezuelan restaurant in London, Mi Cocina Es Tuya (literally and charmingly, ‘My kitchen is yours’) attracts a pretty specialised clientele, drawn by the South American delicacies it offers. I, on the other hand, had wandered in off the streets … Read More »

Felines in formation: the first open meeting of the Croydon Arts Network

Posted on April 7th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

Liz Sheppard-Jones reports on the culture vultures’ answer to Croydon Tech City

This was a fascinating, inspiring, infuriating meeting. The Croydon Arts Network was founded by Charlotte Davies, Chair of South Croydon Community Association, Katie Taylor of the Design Museum London, Anna Arthur, General Manager of Aerowaves and Carol Whinnom of Badger Music. This first in a series of planned open meetings was held at … Read More »

Answering the call of the wild: Croydon Forest School

Posted on April 4th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. 2 comments

Who knew this sort of thing went on in Croydon?

It will surprise many people to learn that Croydon, celebrated land of concrete alienation, has its own Forest School. This pioneering and inspiring method of working with children and young people has been popular in Scandinavia for decades and arrived in Britain some twenty years ago. It has gained popularity over the last few years and many schools, including … Read More »

A year on the land, a day on the Turf: fundraising for the arts in Croydon

Posted on April 4th, by Tom Winter in Culture. No Comments

This wasn’t The Shawshank Redemption– it was Croydon on a Saturday afternoon

My neck burning in the curiously unseasonal March heat, I suddenly realised I had been digging for an unknown length of time. Everyone around me seemed in a similar trance. This was not, however, a scene from The Shawshank Redemption, but a large group of volunteers in the centre of Croydon on a Saturday … Read More »

Review: Bourbon and Blues at Matthews Yard

Posted on April 2nd, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Blues fan Paul Dennis hopes that this one does what it says on the tin

I’m not a picky man. Give me a couple of shots of red eye and a hot band with a cool blues shouter and I’m as happy as the proverbial pig.

So, Blues and Bourbon at Matthews Yard – promising at least a dozen types of bourbon, similar numbers … Read More »