Croydon Summer of Love


The Croydon-Kaliningrad connection

Posted on July 31st, by Charles Barber in Culture. 8 comments

Drawing comparisons between our borough and this unusual Russian city

I suspect many people in Croydon will not have even heard of the city and region of Kaliningrad. Yet for this particular Croydonian, it will always have a special place in my heart. Twenty-seven years ago, a few months after this then-Soviet city was opened up to foreigners, I married my dear wife. This June, tempted by … 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 »



Print archive: July-August 2017 – Use it or lose it, Croydon

Posted on October 17th, by The Croydon Citizen in Not featured, Politics & Society. No Comments

Jonny Rose’s call to local action struck a chord with readers

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Event review: Psychedelic Art Workshop at Elizabeth James Gallery

Posted on September 13th, by Rufus Jones in Culture. No Comments

A fun art workshop where kids got covered in foam and learned about psychedelia

One August morning fifty years after the Summer of Love, I made my way to the Elizabeth James Gallery in Upper Norwood. The psychedelic art workshop was due to begin at 11:00 am; I got there early as I usually do.

The gallery has been updated with a new exhibition for Croydon’s … Read More »