Announcing Croydon’s first Festival of Peace, 16th–23rd June 2018

By - Wednesday 9th May, 2018

Croydon’s first Festival of Peace will take place from Saturday 16th to Saturday 23rd June 2018

Photo by Croydon Festival of Peace, used with permission.

Release begins: We are delighted to announce that Croydon’s first Festival of Peace will take place from 16th to 23 rd June 2018.

The festival invites the community to reflect, communicate and celebrate peace through a week-long participatory arts programme.

The centrepiece of the festival will be community performances of the London Mozart Players’ Anthem For Peace, an inclusive modern-day anthem specially composed by children’s composer Richard Brown with lyrics by Thornton Heath poet Shaniqua Benjamin. The anthem has been specially composed so it can be played, rapped, sung, remixed or sampled by musicians of all abilities, ages, genres and backgrounds.

Julia Desbrulais, Executive Director of LMP, commented, ‘As Croydon’s resident orchestra, the London Mozart Players are thrilled to be at the heart of this festival, bringing together the community and using the common language of music to express a shared desire for peace”.

The festival launch event will take place within the Summer of Love Festival at Wandle Park on Saturday 16th June, where players from the LMP and Ecclesbourne School Choir will lead everyone in singing the anthem together for the first time. The finale performance of the anthem featuring a special dance commission by Anusha Subramanyam and local dance groups will take place within the Festival of Peace and Wellbeing at Park Hill Park the following Saturday 23rd June.

The première performance of the Anthem by the LMP and children from Ecclesbourne Primary School, Thornton Heath, at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH Prince Edward can be viewed here.

Paula Murray, creative director of Croydon Council said, ‘This will be a lovely new event for Croydon and with a focus that is really positive and inclusive. It is a refreshingly different event to have in the centenary year of the end of the Great War, an event that highlights the importance of peace.”

The week-long festival programme also features film screenings at the David Lean Cinema, visual arts exhibitions at RISE Gallery and live music at Croydon’s leading venues. Committed to celebrating diversity, the festival will profile the artwork of BAME artists, young refugees and artists with learning disabilities.

The Festival has been funded by a successful Spacehive crowdfunding campaign supported by the Mayor of London and by grants from Arts Council England and Croydon Council.

Festival director Katie Rose said: “This festival is only possible because of the generous, collaborative community spirit in Croydon and we would like to thank all our partners, funders and supporters. We are looking forward to celebrating with you all in June.”

For full details of the programme, click here.

Release ends.

Release sender: Croydon Festival of Peace.



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  • Anne Giles

    I have just watched the video of the Anthem and was moved to tears!

  • Catherine Pestano

    Great to read this article. Citizen always covers the news we want to hear! There is a chance for local amateur poets to share their peace related poetry in our peace wildflower garden on Sunday morning 17th June, one or more or read existing pieces we will supply. Let us know if you would like to have a go at getting your words or voices heard creativecroydon@gmailcom