Croydon Cultural Quarter

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 »

Halfway there, or just living on a prayer? The Fairfield Halls building site tour

Posted on October 12th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

What happening behind the Fairfield Halls’ scaffolding?

On Saturday 16th September on Park Lane, central Croydon, I put on a hard hat and hi-vis jacket and went on an emotional journey.

The occasion was the ‘stakeholders’ tour’ of the Fairfield Halls’ ongoing refurbishment. It was hosted by Paula Murray, the council’s Creative Director, Magnus Wills of Rick Mather Architects, and Colin Murphy from Brick by Brick, … Read More »