Croydon’s Ambition Festival nominated for two national festival awards

By - Tuesday 20th October, 2015

Croydon’s Ambition Festival, which took place in August 2015, has been nominated in the ‘best new festival’ and ‘best metropolitan festival’ categories of the UK Festival Awards.

Image by Ambition Festival, used with permission.

Release begins: Croydon’s Ambition Festival has been revealed as being on the final shortlist for two national awards and now needs people to vote for it online.

The UK Festival Awards ceremony is the biggest date on the festival industry calendar as it gives organisers a chance to be recognised and rewarded for their creativity and success.

Everyone who votes for Ambition in the ‘best new festival’ and ‘best metropolitan festival’ categories stands a chance of winning two tickets to some of the UK’s best festivals next year and an iPad mini.

Voting is open at

Ambition was Croydon Council’s first big festival since 2011 and took over the town centre for four days. It featured big names like Soul II Soul and Tinariwen, as well local acts, and less-well-known emerging talent from across the whole of the UK. Music was coupled with comedy, dance, theatre, and poetry, and performances took place in established venues as well as novel spaces such as the steps to the council offices and the Croydon Minster.

Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “This is a tremendous achievement and it’s frankly amazing to be in the running alongside so many well-known festivals. It’s a testament to the quality of all the acts who performed and all of the people who supported the event – the volunteers, the venues, the people who programmed and worked on the stages, and of course those who came along to enjoy themselves.

We’d love to come out on top and as the judges’ decision will be influenced by the number of people who vote for us I’d urge everyone to go to the website and give Ambition the thumbs up.”

The festival awards have been running for 12 years and are the benchmark for quality in the festival industry.

Release ends.

Release sender: UK Festival Awards.



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  • Anne Giles

    It was a truly wonderful festival and well worth the money that was spent on it. Congratulations to all who were involved in organising this. I saw two of the events at the Fairfield Halls and wrote a review on each.