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How Neil Chandler aims to put Fairfield Halls on the map

Posted on January 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 6 comments

The new venue director takes time to tell us all about his plans

It closed to howls of protest, substantial job losses and fears that it might never open again. I’ll spare you the ‘phoenix from the ashes’ metaphors, particularly in the week that its reopening was delayed to 2019 – but under the command of its new venue director, local man Neil Chandler, Fairfield Halls looks … Read More »

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: if David Bowie saw Croydon now

Posted on June 26th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 3 comments

“I hated it with a vengeance”, said David Bowie. Or did he? The clues are all there, thinks Andrew Dickinson

Approximately 300 of us packed in to the Arnhem Gallery last Thursday 11th June to be part of the travelling book-reading-cum-public-debate show, ‘Croydon Til I Die’, which looks at suburban life and questions why it’s so often – and so famously – been sneered at. Although … Read More »

Croydon Bass Lift: Black Sheep’s little lamb?

Posted on April 18th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford discovers an unexpected night full of booming bass at Fairfield Halls

Who knew Fairfield Halls held this type of music event? Booming bass, lively lighting and under 30s. But they do – it’s called Croydon Bass Lift. With Black Sheep Bar’s unfortunate closing, it was great to see a night where bass-heavy music was championed. Since Croydon is one of dubstep’s original homes, … Read More »

A Bridge Too Far

Posted on January 13th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 4 comments

Can the name of a bridge strengthen ties with our twin town? Andrew Dickinson explores

The new pedestrian bridge at East Croydon opens in the same month that news comes of the council proposing to cut funding for activities linked with our twin town Arnhem, in the Netherlands; all to save just £10,000. We have been linked since 1946 but we are to suffer  another … Read More »