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The big questions at Croydon’s Congress on Culture

Posted on January 19th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

We were invited to ‘have the conversations’, so how did they go?

Croydon’s Congress on Culture brought together representatives from businesses, charities, and voluntary organisations along with arts professionals and activists to discuss the borough’s cultural offering. The congress was hosted by Paula Murray, the council’s creative director. Richard Ings of Arts Council England was visiting speaker, with the business event hosted and co-ordinated by Shaking Hands.

The day … Read More »



Use it or lose it, Croydon

Posted on June 19th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 27 comments

Amazing things are happening in our town, but they won’t stick around forever if attendance is low

“Use it or you will lose it”

This was the phrase that struck me as I read Liz Sheppard-Jones’ celebratory review of the London Mozart Players’ recent performance at Croydon’s only rooftop bar and cinema, Lost Format Society.

Croydon has never had anything like this before – a live open-air … Read More »



South Croydon Community Association debates the future of the arts in Croydon

Posted on March 24th, by Steve Packer in Culture. 4 comments

Let’s talk about how to take the arts forward together

In this world of online networking and chat, there is still a place for live public debate in a room full of people with experience, ideas and commitment, interested in effecting change. On Thursday 16th March, about ninety such people gathered at a Question Time event organised by South Croydon Community Association (SCCA) at Croydon College. The … Read More »



EVENT: Croydon ‘Women in Tech’ special – Thursday 23rd March 7pm @SI_Croydon

Posted on March 21st, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City. No Comments

Unveiling the stellar lineup for this Thursday’s #Croydon #TechCity event at Sussex Innovation Centre

Following on from International Women’s Day earlier this month, we are excited to announce an event featuring three leading professionals carrying out incredible work in our very own borough.

Get ready for an evening of inspiration and learning from the award winning crowdfunded Detective Dot series that aims to promote STEM to … Read More »



Interview with Roger Wade, founder and CEO of Boxpark

Posted on February 16th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Roger Wade put Croydon on the map, so why can’t we just be grateful?

Criticism of Boxpark has startled its crew. When I visit the crates on Tuesday 7th February to meet Roger Wade, its founder and director, development director Matthew MacMillan, events manager David Byrne and Megan Thomas from Boxpark’s public relations agency, Full Fat, they’re keen to tackle the issues. Noise complaints, lack of … Read More »



#CroydonLitFest: Who wants to help put on Croydon’s first literary festival?

Posted on January 23rd, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 2 comments

A call to arms for local bookworms to follow in the footsteps of #Croydon #TechCity

In 2017, Croydon stands as one of the most exciting places in the UK to be right now.

Croydon is currently experiencing an arts renaissance. We now host exhibitions from the likes of Banksy and Damien Hirst. We have gained four new art galleries in the space of one … Read More »



The Croydon Tech City ‘Timeline of Success’: From 20 people in a room to London’s fastest-growing tech cluster

Posted on June 21st, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City. No Comments

Croydon Tech City founder Jonny Rose recounts four action-packed years in the Silicon Valley of South London

In June 2016, Croydon stands as London’s “fastest-growing tech ecosystem”, and is now home to over a thousand early-stage and scale-up digital, technical and creative companies.

Croydon has also just opened TMRW, a “world-leading” 21,000 sq ft tech hub in Davies House that was made possible when Croydon … Read More »



Event report: the South Croydon Community Association’s Q&A on Croydon’s changing town centre

Posted on May 25th, by Charlotte Davies in Politics & Society. No Comments

Will Croydon’s future be decided by a roll of the dice? Sometimes it feels that way, says Charlotte Davies

South Croydon Community Association organised its second Question Time event at Croydon College on the evening of Thursday 14th April 2016 under the title of ‘Croydon Town Centre Is Changing: How Will It Affect You?’.

The event was sold to us as follows: ‘Croydon … Read More »



SPONSORED: So, I’ve decided to start a new Croydon fashion label: Croydon Vs The World

Posted on May 23rd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 5 comments

Not content with ruling over #Croydon #TechCity, Jonny Rose wants to be the Calvin Klein of South London

Most people are proud of where they come from. Yet amongst Croydonians I’ve noticed a particular kind of pride – one that moves beyond mere words and manifests itself in action.

These Croydonians don’t sit around fecklessly moaning and complaining about their lot in life but … Read More »



It’s time to bring back Croydon University Hospital radio

Posted on March 11th, by Keithanthony Taylor in Culture. 4 comments

It’s much missed, says Keithanthony Taylor, and helps keep patients connected to the community around them

Hospital radio is a fine tradition. It has been found to be beneficial to patients, lifting their mood and accelerating recovery. There are hundreds of hospital radio stations in the UK, almost all of which are members of the Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA). Hospital radio stations are usually staffed … Read More »