Culture


Review: Art workshop for young people at the Samuel Coleridge Taylor Centre

Posted on February 20th, by Rufus Jones in Culture. No Comments

Keeping art alive for young Croydonians

On Wednesday 14th February I attended an art meet-up for all of the teens and kids of Croydon at the Samuel Coleridge Taylor Centre. The Samuel Coleridge Taylor Centre is a historical building which was left behind by the composer, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, for the youth of Croydon to express their creativity in. And that they have; in fact, the … Read More »



The rainbow civic launch of Croydon’s LGBT month

Posted on February 15th, by Peter Blackburn in Culture. No Comments

A variety of performances kick off Croydon’s diversity celebrations in the presence of the mayor and Croydon Central’s MP

Croydon’s month of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) celebration and awareness opened on Thursday 1st February at 5pm in the Braithwaite Hall, Katharine Street, in the presence of the Mayor of Croydon, councillor Toni Letts.

After short speeches from the mayor and the council leader, the … Read More »



Event review: The London Mozart Players’ Mozart To Malabar at Ashburton Hall

Posted on February 14th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

What happens when European classical music meets traditional Indian dance?

On Saturday 10th February, when London Mozart Players and traditional Indian dancers Anusha Subramanyam and Aishwarya Rajarshi performed together at the first concert to be held at Ashburton Hall, the show was a sell-out. It was clear from the start that this would be something special.

Devaki Thomas and Shuba Rao of Deshi Arts, currently managing the hall, welcomed the audience not … Read More »



Review: Frivolous Convulsions at TURF Gallery, Whitgift Centre

Posted on February 14th, by Charles Barber in Culture. No Comments

A feast of fantasy and colour enjoyed at the Whitgift Centre’s bold TURF Gallery

As an antidote to a dull, cold winter’s day and the mundane reality of everyday life, I’d warmly recommend TURF Projects’ latest exhibition, Frivolous Convulsions. This riot of fantastical art shows off the work of several artists whose vision is sometimes humorous and sometimes dark and challenging – and, indeed, quite often both. Yet … Read More »



How we Spread The Word about poetry in Addiscombe

Posted on February 13th, by Steven Kuleshnyk in Culture. 6 comments

The inside story of Croydon’s exponentially-growing poetry night

It was just over a year ago during a routine cuppa at my local cafe, that I had an idea about how to bring the community together and celebrate the poetic word. I noticed, since I moved here nine years ago, that the arts community in Croydon was quite fragmented. This was very upsetting to me as I have … Read More »



Event review: Thornton Heath Festival of Light and CR7 market, Saturday 27th January 2018

Posted on February 8th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

CR7 Culture lights up the night in Trumble Gardens

In 2018, Lumiere London – the outdoor arts event produced by arts charity Artichoke Events and featuring more than 40 illuminated installations – returned over four nights between 18th and 21st January with works exhibited both north and south of the River Thames.

Then, on Saturday 27th January, some of the Leicester Square installations transferred to Trumble Gardens in … Read More »



Croydon Bicycle Theatre celebrates women’s suffrage centenary

Posted on February 1st, by Amy Foster in Culture. No Comments

Telling the story of the battle for women’s right to vote

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”

When Susan B. Anthony made this statement, voting rights remained a distant promise for women both in her native US and here in the UK. However, it is no surprise to … Read More »



Croydon’s Best Independent Café 2018: The winners are…

Posted on January 31st, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 5 comments

The results are in! Find out who won the Best Independent Café in Croydon title for 2018

It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved in Croydon’s Best Independent Café Award this year, and here’s why. Over the past few months we’ve really seen the borough’s café scene go from strength to strength with several great new cafés opening and some of our old favourites upping their … Read More »



#GirlsDayOut2: how to be beautiful in Croydon

Posted on January 30th, by Josi Kiss in Culture. 9 comments

A bunch of former Croydonians go in search of pampering, CR0 style

Meeting old friends you’ve not seen in a while is both a delight and, if you are the reunion organiser, daunting, as I explained in my recent article, #GirlsDayOut. it’s even more terrifying if you’re worried that perhaps – but hopefully not too often – there’ll be an awkward lull in conversation… that point at which … Read More »



How Neil Chandler aims to put Fairfield Halls on the map

Posted on January 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 5 comments

The new venue director takes time to tell us all about his plans

It closed to howls of protest, substantial job losses and fears that it might never open again. I’ll spare you the ‘phoenix from the ashes’ metaphors, particularly in the week that its reopening was delayed to 2019 – but under the command of its new venue director, local man Neil Chandler, Fairfield Halls looks … Read More »