Making change through art at TCFT Croydon

Posted on June 20th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

How the power of creative thinking can bring us together

Throughout life, there are instances that change our lives by having a significant impact. Being invited to Bosnia in 2015 to participate in The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT) was certainly one of mine.

TCFT is defined as “an international youth-led community of artists, activists, students and professional facilitators with a collective ambition to develop global … Read More »



Event review: Terriers at Fairfield Halls

Posted on November 24th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin explains the important message behind a play at Fairfield Halls

“You give a boy a gun and he feels mighty”. This simple yet powerful statement from Terriers sums up the actions carried out by so many young men embroiled in gang culture. It is also a raw truth that was a running thread throughout the hard-hitting production, which arrived in Croydon for the first time on … Read More »



Beats & Eats celebrates its first year with great food, cool music and an electric vibe

Posted on September 29th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin reports on a birthday party that was also a celebration for Croydon

Birthdays are always special, but I think that there is just something a little bit sweeter about a first birthday. An electric vibe and party atmosphere filled Matthews Yard on 6th September 2014 as Beats & Eats celebrated its first birthday with an evening of live music, great food and joyful festivities.

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#Croydon #TechCity season finale review

Posted on August 4th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

Take a look back at the last #Croydon #TechCity event of the academic year with Shaniqua Benjamin

School was out for summer and so was Croydon Tech City, who hosted their season finale on July 24th at Matthews Yard. CTC has had a successful 2013-2014 season, which kicked off in October. Co-founder Jonny Rose said: “We want to build a tech eco-system that can rival … Read More »



Conscious liberation: report on #Croydon #TechCity’s Women in Tech night, 19th June 2014

Posted on July 14th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin listened as sisters did it for themselves at Croydon Conference Centre on 19th June during #Croydon #TechCity’s Women in Tech event

Eurythmics’ ‘Sisters are doing it for themselves‘ was the rather clichéd but totally appropriate song blasted out in the Croydon Conference Centre on Thursday 19th June during #Croydon #TechCity’s (CTC) ‘Women in Tech’ event. This was my first time returning to CTC since January 2014 … Read More »



Inspiring youth at Momentum 2014

Posted on May 13th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Politics & Society. No Comments

“Any dream that you’ve got, you can make it achievable”, said Chris Preddie OBE. This was the message behind the youth conference, Momentum 2014, which was held to inform and inspire young people

On April 9th, Fairfield Halls was brimming with young people who engaged in workshops, visited various stalls and enjoyed an afternoon of live performances that helped them to realise that anything is possible. Organiser … Read More »



Is it too late to stop knife crime?

Posted on April 28th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As Croydon recovers from a spate of recent knife-related incidents, Shaniqua Benjamin reflects on how deeply young people are affected by knife culture

In January, the Croydon community was rocked by the news of six stabbings in just ten days, including that of a 12-year-old boy. This month, two other stabbings have taken place within less than a week. On 19th April, a man in … Read More »



Review: Beats & Eats at Matthew’s Yard

Posted on April 21st, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. 2 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 »



Review: This War! (Oakwood School)

Posted on March 10th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin fights flooding and road closures to immerse herself in a production based on World War II

“Britain is at war with Germany” were the dreaded words that fell on Britain’s ears in 1939, catapulting them into World War II. This set the foundation for Four58’s production, This War!, which was performed by St Gertrude’s Theatre Company.

Despite flooding and closed roads in Purley, all seats … Read More »



My ‘First Birthday’ at Croydon Tech City

Posted on February 10th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin reflects on the use of networking and Croydon Tech City’s first birthday

“Network, network, network!” emphasised Croydon Tech City’s co-founder Nigel Dias at their 2014 launch. In fact, it was networking that resulted in me being at Matthews Yard for the first time.

I have been attending an employability programme that is put on by the charity, Lives Not Knives. This programme … Read More »