Ambition Festival


Five years in the life of an extraordinary borough

Posted on November 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The Citizen‘s General Manager looks back on the Croydon that the Citizen was born into, and the one that it now inhabits

What a difference half a decade makes. Five years ago, I lived in Coulsdon, was perpetually single, and the idea of Westfield coming to Croydon was little more than a pipe dream. Now, I live in Balham.

The long-awaited bulldozers might not yet have … Read More »



Event preview: Family Fest 2016 and the Big Dance, Saturday 4th June 2016

Posted on May 6th, by John Lawlor in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s newest summer festival offers children the chance to enjoy nature and gets the whole family dancing, says John Lawlor

On Saturday 4th June, from 12:00pm to 9:00pm, Croydon’s first Family Fest will be held in Park Hill Park, thanks to volunteers from the park’s lively and committed Friends group. It’s an active, family-friendly festival with a gardening, bees and bugs theme and lots for children to … Read More »



The challenges of implementing the Croydon Fairness Commission report

Posted on February 22nd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Sean Creighton analyses possibilities for change in Croydon’s community and institutions in the wake of January’s report

The Croydon Opportunity & Fairness Commission published its final report on 28th January. There is much to commend in it.

Despite many omissions in its discussion of issues and challenges, the report provides a blueprint for the future, an agenda on which civic activists can work … Read More »



How Fairfield can face the future and thrive

Posted on December 17th, by Kate Vennell in Culture. 5 comments

Fairfield has an exciting future. Let’s get the whole community behind it, says the chair of the Fairfield Halls

When the ambitious and controversial building programme is completed at Fairfield, we need a future cultural offer that excites ever more people, builds on our impressive participation programme and promotes Croydon’s dynamic culture. A charity is the best operating structure to deliver these goals.

There are challenges. … Read More »



Croydon’s Ambition Festival nominated for two national festival awards

Posted on October 20th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. 1 Comment

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.

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 … Read More »



Summer news in brief

Posted on September 10th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The big stories of the summer in a handy round-up

Croydon Council sets sights on Bakerloo Line extension

In late July, Croydon Council began public moves to lobby Transport for London to place the long-proposed extension of the Bakerloo Line in Croydon. The extension has previously been earmarked for Bromley, but an apparent lack of support for the idea on Bromley Council … Read More »



A party without a heart?

Posted on September 9th, by The Croydon Citizen in Culture. 3 comments

Did Croydon’s summer of festivals fulfil its Ambition? Two Citizen contributors debate that very topic

Katie Rose is a Croydon-based singer, musician, sound therapist and vocal coach who was part of the team running the Big Sing workshop at Ambition. Sean Creighton has experience of community and voluntary organisations at a local and national level. A committed activist and blogger on a range of topics, … Read More »



Event review: Lost Format Society’s pop-up cinema, July-August 2015

Posted on August 25th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 21 comments

Uber-cool, super-fun and under-attended. Where was the queue down Dingwall Road? asks Liz Sheppard-Jones

Feeling proud and positive about Croydon is becoming the norm. Well OK, perhaps I’m jumping the gun slightly, but these days there’s at least a middling chance that a mention of Crocus Town will elicit a positive response, as happened recently to Jonny Rose, Croydon Tech City co-founder, Citizen writer and … Read More »



Ambition Festival review: A night of Asian-British fusion at the Fairfield Halls, Saturday 25th July

Posted on August 12th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

The Wizards of Percussion cast a spell on Anne Giles

We went to this event in Fairfield Halls auditorium on Saturday 25th July. The show was part of Croydon’s Ambition Festival and there were three acts in all. The first one was the Wizards of Percussion, consisting partially of Bernhard Schimpelsberger, a British/Austrian composer and percussionist, using his full drum kit and a cajon box … Read More »



Event review: Bourbon and Blues welcomes Debbie Bond and the Tru Dats

Posted on August 11th, by Katie Rose in Culture. 1 Comment

Trouble looks inviting to Katie Rose at a special Ambition Festival edition of Bourbon and Blues

‘You’re the kind of trouble I could get into’ – the first track on Debbie Bond’s new album ‘That Thing Called Love’ – is her opener at the special Bourbon and Blues event for Ambition Festival in the newly launched Air Balloon space at Matthews Yard. Trouble does indeed … Read More »