Bigger in year 2: the Croydon Literary Festival 2018

Posted on September 27th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. No Comments

2017 was so much fun that we’re doing it again on Saturday 27th October

You might remember that, in early 2017, Johnny Rose put up a shout out for volunteers to set up Croydon’s first ever literary festival. I was one of a handful of people who came forward; in the end, four of us (plus some amazing helpers on the day) put on a one-day literary … Read More »

Peace Day: how carers are bringing peace to Croydon

Posted on September 20th, by Amy Deakin in Culture. 1 Comment

Finding time to be peaceful can be hard for carers. But there are ways…

Friday 21st September is International Day of Peace, or Peace Day. Established by the United Nations in 1981, Peace Day ‘provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace’.

But what does peace mean for Croydon?

The need … Read More »

“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 »

Croydon Rocks – again!

Posted on September 7th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Richie Hudson serves up some tasty teasers for November’s two-day Croydon Rocks festival

Building upon the success of last year’s Croydon Rocks festival, organiser Richie Hudson has assembled another brilliantly diverse line-up for the upcoming two-dayer on 3rd and 4th November 2018.

But before the main event, Richie organised a taster gig at the Scream Lounge on 17th August, to showcase three of the featured bands. … Read More »

#dadlife: time for baby music

Posted on September 3rd, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Making music with our daughter in Croydon

They say that babies are never too young to enjoy music and I’ve certainly been putting that theory to the test with some great local activities this summer.

In July Zoo Co turned a space in the Whitgift Centre into a pop-up theatre. We took our daughter to an adaptation, by Collar & Cuffs Co, of the storybook Little Meerkat’s Big Panic.

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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 »

The opening of Croydon Community Clothes Exchange, Saturday 11th August

Posted on August 17th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

A new pre-loved boutique has launched in Croydon town centre

We’re not all Carrie Bradshaw-style fashion junkies. I have women friends whose tours of duty at the shops – the front line of the self-image wars – leave them exhausted and depressed. One is now a total refusenik. “I never buy clothes”, she says.

I, on the other hand, have plenty of Ms Bradshaw going … Read More »

Review: Croydon’s Street Art Tour and bottomless lunch

Posted on August 15th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. No Comments

A walking tour followed by a delicious lunch – what’s not to like?

Saturday 21st July marked the dawn of a new grassroots Croydon event: the Street Art Tour and bottomless lunch from RISE Gallery and East Croydon Cool.

In recent years Croydon has firmly planted itself on the street art map, and not just in London. Renowned artists from all around the world have flocked to the borough … Read More »

Restaurant review: MEATliquor, Boxpark Croydon

Posted on August 14th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. No Comments

Burgers and beer provide for a flavoursome evening

It is rare for me to visit Boxpark these days – apart from going to the Cronx Bar – but a friend wanted to try MEATliquor, so I acquiesced!

Having run the gauntlet of the incessant dance music being pumped out by Boxpark, it was a pleasure to be given a table around the side, out of earshot … Read More »

Why must I be a teenager in love? CODA Croydon presents Romeo and Juliet in Wandle Park

Posted on August 7th, by Sue Harling in Culture. 2 comments

Love was definitely not lost or laboured,in this lovingly staged take on Shakespeare’s ode to doomed romance

My quiz-team friends will confirm that I “don’t do Shakespeare”, but I know from CODA’s production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2016 that it is possible to enjoy his works when you’re not worrying about memorising quotes for your O level (GCSE, in old money). This year’s CODA production … Read More »