Croydon Heritage Festival 2015


Where is ‘Ambition for Croydon’?

Posted on July 22nd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

As Croydon’s Ambition Festival opens, Sean Creighton considers a distinct failure to reach for the stars

Flyposters now adorn the boarding in front of the closed Visitor Centre next to East Croydon Station while we wait for the Boxpark retail facility to be built.

The short-termism and lack of strategic thinking involved in the closure of the centre on 1st May by Croydon Business Improvement District … Read More »



Print Archive: June 2015 print edition – The Festival Edition

Posted on July 20th, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. No Comments

Festival season came to Croydon in the summer of 2015, and this edition of the Croydon Citizen was all about it

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Who should be in Croydon’s Hall of Fame?

Posted on July 10th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Fame is the spur, says Sean Creighton

‘Famous Croydonians’ has been the theme of the Croydon Heritage Festival 2015 which ended on Saturday 28th June. But the definition of ‘famous’ is of course a tricky one.

Do people become famous because they make or have made a contribution locally, regionally, nationally or internationally and have been written about? Aren’t famous people of the past usually confined … Read More »



Celebrity interview: Private Eye cartoonist Barry Fantoni returns to Croydon, Saturday 27th June

Posted on July 3rd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Un-drawing, undressing and hot-desking in Sixties Soho – Liz Sheppard-Jones listens and regrets an unpopped question

Barry Fantoni returned to Croydon on Saturday 27th June. It had been a while.

In the fifty or so years since he taught at Croydon School of Art, he’s done OK: Private Eye magazine and the Times’s celebrated cartoonist, artist on the BBC TV series ‘That Was The Week That … Read More »



The time-travelling tram comes to Croydon Town Centre

Posted on June 17th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

Put £1.50 on your Oyster and it’s off to the Middle Ages. How Croydon gave H. G. Wells something to think about

What’s not to like about trams? That also sums up how I feel about the Croydon Heritage Festival, back for its third (already!) year in just three days’ time, and launching with Heritage Day on Saturday 20th June in the town centre. They’re definitely … Read More »



‘If I ruled the world’: young voices take centre stage at Croydon Heritage Festival 2015

Posted on June 10th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Time Won’t Wait will collaborate with Speakers’ Corner Croydon for ‘Changing Places’ – an event blending performance, spoken word and facilitation, which will be held on Saturday 27th June 2015 during the Croydon Heritage Festival. 

Release begins: The event will invite up to 20 young people who will present their first speeches to the public with the theme “If I Ruled the World”, where thespeakers will set out a change … Read More »



Celebrating Cicely Mary Barker, flower fairies artist

Posted on May 28th, by David Matthews in Culture. 1 Comment

Artist Cicely Mary Barker is one of Croydon’s best kept secrets. David Matthews explains why 2015 is the right time to tell

Cicely Mary Barker is best known for her charming flower fairies. These beautiful paintings of plants are adorned with a fairy-child and a verse. The flower fairies’ series, first published in the mid-twentieth century, has never been out of print and the images … Read More »



Forward, guerrilla gardeners of Croydon!

Posted on April 3rd, by Josi Kiss in Culture. 1 Comment

Down in the urban jungle of Croydon’s parks and gardens, something is stirring

An influx of new, local blood has flowed into the volunteer ‘Friends’ groups who support and maintain Croydon’s parks and community gardens over the last twelve months – and it’s turned them guerrilla.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a guerrilla force as ‘a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against large, regular forces’. That’s … Read More »



Croydon’s Flower Fairies artist and Park Hill Park fairy trail to feature in Heritage Festival 2015

Posted on March 31st, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Cicely Mary Barker’s celebrated Flower Fairies will play a part in the Croydon Heritage Festival 2015, forming part of a wider celebration of this Croydon artist on the 120th anniversary of her birth 

Release begins: a celebration of Croydon artist Cicely Mary Barker, on the 120th anniversary of her birth, will form part of the 2015 Croydon Heritage Festival programme.  Along with promoting this world-famous local artist and … Read More »



David Lean cinema showcases the struggle for black civil rights

Posted on March 16th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton welcomes opportunities for Croydon to explore black British history in film 

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma march for civil rights. It was good to see that on 7th March, Croydon Central Tory MP Gavin Barwell shared on his Twitter feed a link to the video in which former US President Bill Clinton discusses the importance of the civil rights … Read More »