Croydon Arts Network


What is the Fairfield for?

Posted on December 16th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

The South Bank of south London? As the announcement of its two-year closure for renovation is debated, Anna Arthur considers possible futures for the Fairfield Halls

Fairfield Halls has been the topic of much debate in recent years. It seems that anyone and everyone has an opinion on what it does and whom it’s for. It undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of … Read More »



Event review: O’Hooley and Tidow play the Oval Tavern, Thursday 8th October

Posted on October 27th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. 1 Comment

Catherine Pestano enjoys a melodious evening with two luscious lesbians and beer

As I settled in for another fine evening’s music at the splendid Oval Tavern to listen to torch folk duo O’Hooley and Tidow, I was delighted to find an extra gem on the menu. No, not the fabulous halloumi salad (also enjoyed) but a delightfully voiced local seventeen year old called Beka who … Read More »



What are the challenges facing Croydon’s communities?

Posted on August 3rd, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Let’s work together, says Sean Creighton

Here in Croydon as elsewhere we tend to look at local issues separately, and do not always see the cumulative effects. The Croydon TUC working party’s analysis of the council’s Growth Plan last year and my evidence to the Whitgift Centre CPO inquiry were attempts to look at a series of interconnected issues. The borough’s Opportunity and … Read More »



Can CAN do it for the arts in Croydon?

Posted on January 21st, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 1 Comment

Bernadette Fallon talks to the arts networkers who set out to become the change they want to see in Croydon

Like so many things in Croydon, the Croydon Arts Network was created out of a negative. When cuts in the arts started, when the Ruskin Square theatre plan was shelved, when the council’s culture office just vanished – people started to ask: what can we do?

One of … Read More »



Event review: Sine Nomine Singers perform ‘Symbols of Mystery’, Saturday 29th November

Posted on December 8th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. No Comments

Catherine Pestano goes beyond the borders of Croydon to be blissed-out in Bickley

Last Saturday, the 29th November, I attended my first Sine Nomine Singers concert, just across the border in the wilds of Bromley (sorry, it’s lovely really!). The concert was Symbols of Mystery and it was performed in the acoustically fabulous, stone-walled church of St George, Bickley.

Sine Nomine Singers are affiliated … Read More »



#Croydon #TechCity season finale review

Posted on August 4th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

Take a look back at the last #Croydon #TechCity event of the academic year with Shaniqua Benjamin

School was out for summer and so was Croydon Tech City, who hosted their season finale on July 24th at Matthews Yard. CTC has had a successful 2013-2014 season, which kicked off in October. Co-founder Jonny Rose said: “We want to build a tech eco-system that can rival … Read More »



Felines in formation: the first open meeting of the Croydon Arts Network

Posted on April 7th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

Liz Sheppard-Jones reports on the culture vultures’ answer to Croydon Tech City

This was a fascinating, inspiring, infuriating meeting. The Croydon Arts Network was founded by Charlotte Davies, Chair of South Croydon Community Association, Katie Taylor of the Design Museum London, Anna Arthur, General Manager of Aerowaves and Carol Whinnom of Badger Music. This first in a series of planned open meetings was held at … Read More »