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


By - Thursday 8th February, 2018

CR7 Culture lights up the night in Trumble Gardens


Photo by Alison Butler, used with permission.

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 Thornton Heath for the area’s Festival of Light.

Photo author’s own.

This installation was assisted by the Croydon Partnership and sponsored by Croydon Council, supported by the Mayor of London and organised by community arts group CR7 Culture. Free to attend, it also featured song and dance performances showcasing homegrown talent and a second outing for the CR7 Market, showcasing the work of local makers.

Photo author’s own.

A good selection of food was available, (with vegan doughnuts totally sold out by 6pm). The music and spoken-word entertainment on stage was lively and featured Young Girls Thrive, Well Versed Ink, Stush, Dedi Davi, Slavyane, Mitra Djalili, TouchBase Dance Academy, Music Relief, The Skamonics and DJ Dave Koor.

The wonderful light installations were the real show-stoppers on the night. The park was full of visitors, many of them families, with children in particular captivated by the huge neon flowers along with rabbits, polecats and hedgehogs, as well as two enormous glowing flamingos that circled the park.

CR7 Culture, along with those who sponsored and supported the event, is to be congratulated on bringing the excitement of Lumiere London to Croydon.

Liz Sheppard-Jones

Liz Sheppard-Jones

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