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Winter in brief

Posted on February 1st, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of December 2017 and January 2018, summarised by the Citizen team

Croydon bids to become London’s first Borough of Culture

Croydon entered the competition to become London’s first Borough of Culture in 2019, a new award announced by mayor Sadiq Khan. The bid was submitted in December, and the outcome will be announced in February. Twenty-two bids have been submitted and rivals include Brent, Camden, Greenwich … Read More »



Why I’m backing Croydon’s bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture

Posted on December 6th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

All the low-down on the borough’s bid, supported by the Citizen as a proud local media partner

David Bowie famously used the word ‘Croydon’ as an insult. “God, it’s so f**king Croydon”, he would say.

Well, Bowie was no stranger to cultural re-invention and if he were still alive today, it wouldn’t take much to convince him that Croydon is ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. In fact, as … Read More »



Event review: Lost Format Society presents Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush with the London Mozart Players

Posted on May 26th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

A timeless star in a five star setting under the stars

Lost Format’s sky-high cinema is back for its third summer in Croydon town centre, this time on the roof of Centrale. And what with the general election, political arguments raging and a feeling of national and international weakness and wobble no matter what anyone says to the contrary, it’s just the ticket.

On this first Saturday … Read More »



Croydon businesses need to get on Instagram

Posted on May 15th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Potential Croydonian customers are all on Instagram, why aren’t you?

Recently, I wrote about how setting up Croydon’s first fashion label (Croydon Vs The World) led me to discover the joys of the photo-based social network Instagram.

Having explored the medium a little further since then, I’ve discovered extraordinary stories of enterprising individuals who use the platform with little effort to make thousands of dollars … Read More »



News in brief summer 2016

Posted on September 5th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big stories of the summer, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Croydon voted to remain in the European Union

The debate over staying in or leaving the EU raged across the UK in the first half of this year, and Croydon saw its share of skirmishes between the campaigns. Street stalls from all sides were regularly present, with non-political groups also holding events to discuss … Read More »



Croydon looks east for its next big party

Posted on January 29th, by Charles Barber in Culture. 2 comments

Let’s celebrate Chinese New Year in Croydon, says Charles Barber

Over the weekend of Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th February, Croydon will stage a celebration of the Arts and Chinese New Year. We hope that you’ll want to join in.

This Chinese New Year celebration has been coordinated by *protected email* and was initially inspired by the Whitgift Centre‘s artist-in-residence, Hale Man, who has created a large copper sculpture called … Read More »



News in brief: November

Posted on December 10th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big Croydon stories of November 2015, summarised for your convenience

Thornton Heath ‘stormz’ to victory at 2015 MOBO Awards

Musicians and performers from Thornton Heath dominated the 2015 national MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards held in Leeds on Thursday 4th November. Krept and Konan, Stormzy, Section Boyz and Faith Child triumphed, with Krept and Konan winning Best Hip Hop Act and Best Album, Stormzy … Read More »



Croydon’s young entrepreneurs on the rise

Posted on September 14th, by Liberty Martin in Economics & Business. 4 comments

Liberty Martin on how the Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College girls got inspired

One day in June 2015, three Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls students proved themselves in the world of entrepreneurship by coming a very close second place in the Centrale 100 competition.

The competition invited Croydon students from years 7, 8, 9 and 10 (that’s the first year in secondary … Read More »



Croydon start-up’s second studio is a thing of beauty

Posted on August 25th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Hello Gorgeous, a beauty and photographic studio based in Centrale shopping centre, has now opened as second branch in Church Street.

Release begins: Hello Gorgeous has branched out to open its second beauty and photographic studio in Croydon less than two years after being formed by young entrepreneur Ceylan Kioufi.

The 24-year-old has turned her passion into a successful business and the company’s burgeoning reputation in Centrale … Read More »



Hundreds attracted to Croydon table tennis festival

Posted on July 14th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Croydon Council helped to install 16 public table tennis tables across Croydon last month, in order to encourage residents to get involved with the sport in time for National Table Tennis Day on 16th July.

Release begins: Around 450 people have taken part in the first week of a council-backed free table tennis festival.

On Monday 22nd June, Table Tennis England and Croydon Council installed 16 … Read More »