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Event review: Purley Festival 2017

Posted on July 11th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Now in its sixth year, Purley Festival 2017 showcased the best of Croydon’s creativity and community spirit

The sun shone on the Rotary Field on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July as thousands joined together to enjoy a wonderful weekend of music and fun during the finale of Purley Festival.

In these uncertain times, there is something special about people uniting to celebrate the … Read More »



Remembering Desmond Dekker, Croydon’s should-be famous reggae star

Posted on May 31st, by Gareth Endean in Culture. 2 comments

Marley was the name, but Dekker opened the door. As the tenth anniversary of his death on 26th May passes, Gareth Endean commemorates the reggae star who chose to live in Croydon

On 31st March this year, Croydon mourned the passing of Ronnie Corbett, one of its most famous adopted sons. And we have just passed the tenth anniversary of the loss of another: Desmond Adolphus Darces, … Read More »



Event review: opening night at the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival

Posted on October 29th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon takes her seat for north Croydon’s free film festival

It’s opening night at the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival, and why show one film if you can offer three? In fact, why limit it to film at all? The launch event at South Norwood’s Stanley Halls describes itself as a ‘music night’ and, in addition to showing three films, is also hosting … Read More »



South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival

Posted on October 6th, by Marek Slodkowski in Culture. 2 comments

The organisers of the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Film Festival want to bring something different to local film fans, as Marek Slodkowski explains

Do you love film? People really love films, don’t they? Films can entertain us, they can make us cry, make us think differently or just make us laugh. It’s something you can do on your own, and something you can share with your … Read More »