Event preview: Family Fest 2016 and the Big Dance, Saturday 4th June 2016

Posted on May 6th, by John Lawlor in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s newest summer festival offers children the chance to enjoy nature and gets the whole family dancing, says John Lawlor

On Saturday 4th June, from 12:00pm to 9:00pm, Croydon’s first Family Fest will be held in Park Hill Park, thanks to volunteers from the park’s lively and committed Friends group. It’s an active, family-friendly festival with a gardening, bees and bugs theme and lots for children to … Read More »



CroydoNites Festival event review: Kate O’Donnell’s Big’s Girl’s Blouse, Friday 20th November

Posted on December 4th, by John Lawlor in Culture. No Comments

Stand by your trans. John Lawlor listens to a plea for understanding behind the laughter

The final night of the CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre saw a moving and entertaining cabaret-style performance at Stanley Halls in Norwood. This was a one-woman show with a difference.

Opening with ‘Let me entertain you’, we were introduced to Kate and the theme of the evening: her transgendered life as … Read More »



Event review: Geoff Berner at the Oval Tavern, 21st March

Posted on April 7th, by John Lawlor in Culture. No Comments

Always truth-telling, often subversive – John Lawlor listens adventurously at a gig in the Oval Tavern

Musically, Geoff Berner‘s is sometimes a dark, brooding, haunted sound; at other times it sings the cheeriness of cheesecake and dancing. Put them together and I’d say you get a kind of jolly melancholy, and a challenging listening experience at times. It was a Saturday night at the Oval: some people … Read More »



Croydon HeartWorks and Mindfulness

Posted on September 20th, by John Lawlor in Culture. 3 comments

John Lawlor introduces the neuroscientific and Buddhist concepts behind the upcoming Croydon HeartWorks events at Matthews Yard

Croydon HeartWorks starts up at Matthews Yard on September 24th at 7:30PM. This is curtain up for a project which has been in development since February.

The idea behind the project is: ‘How can we tell people about mindfulness in an entertaining way?’ We see … Read More »