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 »

Croydon to host RISEfestival, London’s largest urban art festival

Posted on August 2nd, by CronxWire in Culture. No Comments

Croydon announces London’s largest international urban art festival taking place in September 2018… and it’s completely free!

Release begins: Following the success of Warhol Croydon Month in 2017, RISE Gallery is proud to announce the first annual RISEfestival – a celebration of UK and international urban art, to take place from 5th-15th September 2018.

This celebration is set to be London’s largest international … Read More »

Review: The Wind In The Willows, presented by Theatre Workshop Coulsdon, Wednesday 25th July–Saturday 4th August

Posted on August 2nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

A happy summer highlight with an undertone of darkness

Not so much ‘wind in the willows’ as ‘a howling gale on the golf course’ – the long, hot spell of weather had broken the previous day, and Saturday 28th July was blowy. This presented Theatre Workshop Coulsdon with a serious meteorological challenge as the trees above the actors’ heads tossed noisily to and fro in the wind. Added to … Read More »

The Croydon-Kaliningrad connection

Posted on July 31st, by Charles Barber in Culture. 8 comments

Drawing comparisons between our borough and this unusual Russian city

I suspect many people in Croydon will not have even heard of the city and region of Kaliningrad. Yet for this particular Croydonian, it will always have a special place in my heart. Twenty-seven years ago, a few months after this then-Soviet city was opened up to foreigners, I married my dear wife. This June, tempted by … Read More »

The Croydon Citizen is going on holiday!

Posted on July 13th, by The Croydon Citizen in Culture. No Comments

From Monday 16th July to Tuesday 24th July, the Citizen won’t publish any new content online

We’re taking a few days off! The Croydon Citizen is going to have its summer holidays between Monday 16th and Tuesday 24th July, and during that time we won’t put any content online or answer any non-urgent emails.

Normal service will resume on Tuesday 24th July, and we’ll look forward … Read More »

Croydon’s Peace Festival: a review

Posted on July 4th, by Myra Rademacher in Culture. No Comments

Borough residents define peace in many ways. How do you define peace in your life?

An age-old question: how do we achieve world peace? There has been a week in Croydon focused on exploring this question, in dozens of events dedicated to discussions of peace. People from across the borough came together in community forums and gatherings to share what peace is to them, in both their … Read More »

Croydon Writers’ Group helps us share the joy of writing

Posted on July 4th, by Rekha Shane in Culture. No Comments

Join a group that can improve your creative skills and become a testing ground for your writing

In 1945, a group of professional writers came together to create what would become Croydon Writers. They aimed to encourage writing and provide a starting point for anyone who wanted to get into a writing-related profession. Back then, this was a formal group with lofty aspirations.

Fast … Read More »