Culture


Event review: Flossie Malavialle, Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 4th June

Posted on June 22nd, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Much to enjoy at an evening of folk, blues and self-penned classics by French-born Flossie Malavialle

My husband Steve and I went along to the Croydon Folk Club on 4th June to see Flossie Malavialle, a French-born singer who has been based in the north-east of England since 2002. Several years on, she has become an accomplished performer, playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the … Read More »



Peace Festival 2018: writing Croydon’s ‘Anthem for Peace’

Posted on June 22nd, by Myra Rademacher in Culture. No Comments

How the lyrics for the ‘Anthem for Peace’ came to life via poet Shaniqua Benjamin

“Music is like medicine, medicine for the soul.” Shaniqua Benjamin’s words about the power of music perfectly encapsulate the emotion in the new song for Croydon, the ‘Anthem for Peace’. The young poet from Thornton Heath and founder of Young People Insight wrote the lyrics for the anthem in several drafts, via brainstorming … Read More »



Croydon Peace Festival preview: why I’m running Croydon’s first ever-open-air yogathon

Posted on June 20th, by Dawn Smith in Culture. No Comments

Celebrate peace by participating in yoga at Park Hill Park’s Peace and Well-being Festival on Saturday 23rd June

This Saturday’s Peace and Well-being Festival in Park Hill Park is the finale of Croydon’s first Festival of Peace, which is taking place this week.

Its organisers wish to invite the people of Croydon to a ‘cross-cultural, cross-arts, interfaith celebration of peace’. As the … Read More »



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 »



Review: Viet2Go restaurant, Surrey Street

Posted on June 15th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. No Comments

Viet2Go provides fresh, delicious flavours, and coffee that makes it impossible not to come back again and again

Croydon is in the middle of a coffee-house renaissance. From Coffee Shotter to Byte Café, we have a new coffee quarter in our midst. We have coffee coming out of every orifice. What no one has mentioned is that the best coffee in all of Croydon isn’t in a … Read More »



Beats and Eats kicks off live summer street-music events

Posted on June 15th, by Myra Rademacher in Culture. No Comments

Live music and poetry readings combine with local food vendors for summer fun in Croydon

Live music performances and local food stands are hitting the streets of Croydon this summer. On 7th June, the newly pedestrianised High Street launched the first of bi-weekly street-music events planned for the summer months. The Beats and Eats event featured a local pizza vendor and live performances, including entertainment from several … Read More »



Tell us about your memories of Croydon

Posted on June 13th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. No Comments

When you think of Croydon, what comes to mind?

We really want to know… For our July print issue, we want you to tell us about your strongest memory of Croydon: whether you’re 15 or 85, we want to know what you think of when you think about our borough. Is is shopping down Surrey Street with your family? Is it going to one of the local … Read More »



The amazing wildlife of Wandle Park pond

Posted on June 13th, by Peter Ball in Culture. 2 comments

If you think of Croydon as a barren urban wilderness, you’re very much mistaken

In 2012, after decades channelled underground, the river Wandle was re-surfaced to flow through the park to which it gives its name. The remodelling of the landscape also created a pond. It’s here that I recently captured these images of some of the wild creatures with whom we unknowingly share our town, and … Read More »



From childhood to adulthood in Croydon

Posted on June 12th, by Uday Shukla in Culture. 2 comments

One man’s memories of growing up in Croydon

Apart from a few years away when at university, I’ve lived in south London for all of my life. During this time, I’ve seen Croydon change.

As a child, I remember my dad driving me and my sisters to Croydon on Saturdays to do the speciality food shop. This meant parking the car what seemed like a million … Read More »



Insert Title Here: How Croydon’s SLiDE company invites you to view, reflect and dance

Posted on June 12th, by Gemma Coldicott in Culture. No Comments

Our diverse dance company brings people together through movement and artistic expression

Would you catch me if I fell?
You arranged, positioned and orbited me with thought and care, responding to my body.
Together we revisited a memory looking deep, seeing afresh.
Uncovering images, intention, authenticity and summer filled the room.
Is it really April?

Yep, it was really April (in a heatwave) and the SLiDE (South London Inclusive Dance Experience) … Read More »