Culture


Event review: Thornton Heath Arts Week’s photography walkabout

Posted on July 31st, by Hannah Oliver in Culture. No Comments

Hannah Oliver on photography, community and true camera-derie

On Sunday 19th July, Lenses of Croydon camera club collaborated with the Friends of Thornton Heath Rec, in a photography event infused with community promise.

I found the group in the Edible Garden after an awkward and brisk gander (late) through the wrong gate of Thornton Heath Recreation Ground. With hindsight, I should have looked more emphatically for those … Read More »



Event review: the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra plays Croydon Minster, Thursday 23rd July

Posted on July 31st, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 3 comments

Dubstep, drinks and dancing in the aisles – Lauren Furey on the night ADO rocked Croydon Minster

Ambition Festival gave us lots of treats and it was hard to know which event to attend. But one in particular really grabbed my attention – the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra (ADO). The group, from Birmingham, lays its own instrumental style onto classic dubstep songs, re-working and re-shaping them into a … Read More »



Event review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by Theatre Workshop Coulsdon, 29th July – 8th August

Posted on July 29th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

There was a star danced over Coulsdon Manor Hotel. Liz Sheppard-Jones followed it

“Oh, do we have to?” said my 13 year old as we headed off to Coulsdon. “It’ll all be ‘hath’ and ‘doth’ and ‘quoth’”.

Let’s save ourselves a lot of time here: yes, you do have to, and one day you’ll thank me. But I sympathise – Shakespeare in the classroom is forbidding. There’s the … Read More »



Event review: partying on Cron-di beach

Posted on July 28th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 10 comments

Lauren Furey gets a little sand between her toes, CR0 style

There aren’t really waves and boats and surfers and seagulls, but there is sand. Forty-five tonnes of it, to be precise, scattered around Ruskin Square.

Croydon on the Beach kicked off its eight week run on Thursday 20th July, opening day of the Ambition Festival, with food, cocktails, music and beach … Read More »



‘Not just cool hipster food’ – Boxpark Croydon sets out its stall

Posted on July 24th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 4 comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones dines on information and wild honey at the Boxpark Croydon launch event

I ate a honeyed chicken wrap from Vietvan on Thursday 23rd July, the night I joined the Boxpark casual dining revolution – and it was bloody delicious. If I hadn’t been sold on the concept already, that piece of poultry would have done the trick all by itself.

It was quite a … Read More »



Restaurant review: Timber Garden, London Road

Posted on July 21st, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 3 comments

Paul Dennis fills up at a former petrol station

Timber Garden, 161 London Road, CR0 2RJ
Time from East Croydon:  12 minutes / 5 minutes 64 or 198

I enjoy a visit to the Croydon Restaurant Quarter as much as the next person. But as a London Road resident, I’m always keen to give my local eateries some support too. So it was that I visited … Read More »



Good vibrations in the Cronx

Posted on July 20th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 1 Comment

Croydon keeps it real in a city increasingly set apart from the everyday world, says Lauren Furey

London is coming to be viewed as a millionaire playboy’s paradise. Wealthy Russian oligarchs and Saudi princes have flocked to the capital to buy up luxury properties, clubs, restaurants and new housing developments, pricing more and more medium to low income londoners into the suburbs. London’s … Read More »



Sponsored: The festival that’s ambitious for Croydon

Posted on July 17th, by Ambition Festival in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s most ambitious cultural celebration is about to start, with something for everyone

2015 is our first year, and we’ve started as we mean to go on. Croydon’s certainly ambitious, and the acts that we’ll be seeing in venues around the town centre and across the borough reflect it: top talent, exciting newcomers and original entertainment that have put Croydon straight onto some ‘ones to watch’ festival … Read More »



What’s brutal about Croydon?

Posted on July 17th, by Tom Winter in Culture. No Comments

Tom Winter on why Croydon’s a gentler suburb than its reputation suggests

What is brutalism? It’s a style of building associated with pioneers such as the French architect Le Corbusier, in which ‘béton brut (concrete), [is] treated… uncompromisingly, with the formwork patterns not only visible but deliberately emphasised [and in which] aspects of mechanical engineering become overtly displayed’. (That’s according to James Stevens Curl in his Architectural … Read More »



Event review: CODA Croydon performs ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ in Wandle Park bandstand, 15th-18th July 2015

Posted on July 17th, by Rosie Edser in Culture. No Comments

Rosie Edser goes Wilde in the park

Last year Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was performed successfully in the open air of the newly landscaped Wandle Park. Given that the entire first half of Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people”, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, takes place indoors, it doesn’t seem the most obvious choice for CODA’s second open air theatre performance – until … Read More »