“Bowie was wrong, Croydon’s always been cool”: Gavin Kinch’s new art exhibition at Boxpark

Posted on September 12th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 1 Comment

The creator of The Town That Love Built talks about art, Croydon, the gift of being an outsider, and his month-long exhibition at Boxpark

The work of Gavin Kinch, a blend of retro graphics and futuristic themes, is one of the coolest things to come out of Croydon in recent years. The Town That Love Built has become a buzzword for everything that’s stylish, cutting-edge and exciting … Read More »



Lenses of Croydon: where local photographers are doing it for themselves

Posted on August 22nd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

What do you do if you can’t join ‘the club’? Set up your own club!

Lee Townsend is a professional photographer, part-time degree student, author, workshop facilitator, social activist and founder of Lenses of Croydon and the Croydon Photography Forum. But the journey to achieve this wasn’t always easy.

Knowing from a young age that he wanted to work in photography, he bought a camera and … Read More »



Review: Croydon Peace Festival 2018 – Who Keeps The Peace?

Posted on June 27th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 3 comments

A new exhibition by local photographer Rob Wilson Jnr, running in the Museum of Croydon until 15th July, asks what does peace look like?

“Insightful.” “Inspiring.” “Power to the people.” “The peace that comes from inside.”

These were some of the comments heard around the entrance space to the Museum of Croydon in the Clocktower earlier this week. The occasion was the soft launch of Croydon … Read More »



Croydon’s creative makers and shakers take over Boxpark in May

Posted on April 23rd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Made in Croydon is a cultural movement to promote the town’s creatives and their work

Made in Croydon is a collective of artists, designers and creative manufacturers who are inspired by living or creating in Croydon. It started, as so many good ideas do, over a cup of coffee.

From an idea in our heads – wouldn’t it be great to showcase all the fantastic creative … Read More »



Croydon’s Best Independent Café 2018: The winners are…

Posted on January 31st, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 5 comments

The results are in! Find out who won the Best Independent Café in Croydon title for 2018

It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved in Croydon’s Best Independent Café Award this year, and here’s why. Over the past few months we’ve really seen the borough’s café scene go from strength to strength with several great new cafés opening and some of our old favourites upping their … Read More »



How Neil Chandler aims to put Fairfield Halls on the map

Posted on January 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 6 comments

The new venue director takes time to tell us all about his plans

It closed to howls of protest, substantial job losses and fears that it might never open again. I’ll spare you the ‘phoenix from the ashes’ metaphors, particularly in the week that its reopening was delayed to 2019 – but under the command of its new venue director, local man Neil Chandler, Fairfield Halls looks … Read More »



Croydon’s Best Independent Café 2018: Voting has opened

Posted on December 12th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 5 comments

Head judge Bernadette Fallon opens the voting for the hotly-contested People’s Choice Award

The countdown has started. While the judges are still busily reviewing cafes to find this year’s Best Independent Café in Croydon, the nominations for this year’s People’s Choice Award are now in. We’d like you to vote for your favourite café in the below list. Voting is open until 24th January 2018 and the results … Read More »



The search for Croydon’s best independent café 2018 is underway

Posted on November 10th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 1 Comment

The judges are leaving no cake stand unturned

We’re now over a month into the search for Croydon’s best independent café and our judging panel is out chucking back coffee, tippling tea and hoofing the occasional hot chocolate, as well as sampling copious quantities of cake. From the ‘widely renowned’ to the ‘lesser spotted gems’, we’re leaving no cake stand unturned to bring you news of the … Read More »



The search for Croydon’s Best Independent Café is back!

Posted on October 9th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 3 comments

Nominations are now open for Croydon’s Best Independent Café 2018

It’s back for its third year and this time – forgive the cliché – it’s better than ever. This year we’ve added more categories, so that more great independent cafés in Croydon can bask in the glory of being nominated and voted for by our judging panel and Croydon Citizen readers.

Once again, we’re looking for Croydon’s … Read More »



Warhol Month event review: the guided art walk

Posted on September 13th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

A walk on the wild artistic side in Croydon Town Centre

September is Warhol Month in Croydon. It marks the thirtieth anniversary of the death of artist Andy Warhol with a whole series of events that includes lectures, film screenings, workshops, Warhol-inspired walking tours and cocktails – yes, cocktails – to celebrate the big man’s work. One hundred and fourteen events in total.

And – get this. … Read More »