Ambition Festival


Ambition Festival event review: a blunder on Bob’s Blundabus

Posted on August 10th, by Hannah Oliver in Culture. 2 comments

A good time was had by few, to Hannah Oliver’s regret

A blunderbuss, so the worldwide web affirms, is a muzzle-loading firearm. And now comedian Bob Slayer has appropriated the word for the crimson double decker that he acquired in July this year and in which comedy, it is to be hoped, might go off with a similar bang.

Out came the mangy, turquoise bowels of TfL: … Read More »



Event review: the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra plays Croydon Minster, Thursday 23rd July

Posted on July 31st, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 3 comments

Dubstep, drinks and dancing in the aisles – Lauren Furey on the night ADO rocked Croydon Minster

Ambition Festival gave us lots of treats and it was hard to know which event to attend. But one in particular really grabbed my attention – the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra (ADO). The group, from Birmingham, lays its own instrumental style onto classic dubstep songs, re-working and re-shaping them into a … Read More »



We will make Croydon the transport hub of the south, but don’t worry if you miss your connection

Posted on July 30th, by Tony Newman in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Croydon Labour’s Tony Newman, Leader of Croydon Council, explains his administration’s vision for Croydon – a connected town with plenty of reasons to visit it

Last week, Croydon councillors from both parties buried the hatchet and backed Labour’s call for Gatwick expansion, and for bringing the Bakerloo Line to Croydon. The case for Gatwick is clear and compelling: it comes at no cost … Read More »



Event review: partying on Cron-di beach

Posted on July 28th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 10 comments

Lauren Furey gets a little sand between her toes, CR0 style

There aren’t really waves and boats and surfers and seagulls, but there is sand. Forty-five tonnes of it, to be precise, scattered around Ruskin Square.

Croydon on the Beach kicked off its eight week run on Thursday 20th July, opening day of the Ambition Festival, with food, cocktails, music and beach … Read More »



Where is ‘Ambition for Croydon’?

Posted on July 22nd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

As Croydon’s Ambition Festival opens, Sean Creighton considers a distinct failure to reach for the stars

Flyposters now adorn the boarding in front of the closed Visitor Centre next to East Croydon Station while we wait for the Boxpark retail facility to be built.

The short-termism and lack of strategic thinking involved in the closure of the centre on 1st May by Croydon Business Improvement District … Read More »



Good vibrations in the Cronx

Posted on July 20th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 1 Comment

Croydon keeps it real in a city increasingly set apart from the everyday world, says Lauren Furey

London is coming to be viewed as a millionaire playboy’s paradise. Wealthy Russian oligarchs and Saudi princes have flocked to the capital to buy up luxury properties, clubs, restaurants and new housing developments, pricing more and more medium to low income londoners into the suburbs. London’s … Read More »



Print Archive: June 2015 print edition – The Festival Edition

Posted on July 20th, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. No Comments

Festival season came to Croydon in the summer of 2015, and this edition of the Croydon Citizen was all about it

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Sponsored: The festival that’s ambitious for Croydon

Posted on July 17th, by Ambition Festival in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s most ambitious cultural celebration is about to start, with something for everyone

2015 is our first year, and we’ve started as we mean to go on. Croydon’s certainly ambitious, and the acts that we’ll be seeing in venues around the town centre and across the borough reflect it: top talent, exciting newcomers and original entertainment that have put Croydon straight onto some ‘ones to watch’ festival … Read More »



Croydon Tech City townhall: putting Croydon on the map in London Technology Week

Posted on June 30th, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

#Croydon #TechCity co-founder Jonny Rose reports on the movement’s sophomore summit

Almost a year after the success of our first Croydon Tech City summit, Croydon found itself once again hosting a summit of venture capitalists, tech companies, and property developers.

This time it was was bigger and better than before: over two hundred delegates attended the Croydon Tech City ‘townhall’ – a major … Read More »



Event review: Pappy’s at the Oval Tavern, Thursday 18th June

Posted on June 24th, by Rob Preston in Culture. No Comments

Mirth this well made is magical, says Rob Preston

There is a lot of festivals coming up in Croydon quite soon. We have Purley Festival, South Croydon Food Festival, Croydon Heritage Festival‘s on right now, and in July the ambitious Ambition Festival. But what about comedy?

Since the closure of comedy club Up the Creek and then the Warehouse Theatre, laughs … Read More »