Event Review: Shift K3Y + London Mozart Players at Boxpark, Wednesday 19th July

Posted on July 28th, by Katie Rose in Culture. 1 Comment

What happens when you cross a big beats box with a chamber orchestra?

What happens when world class classical musicians get in the mix with top electronic music producers? This was the question posed by an innovative collaboration between Croydon’s resident chamber orchestra, LMP (the London Mozart Players), and Shift K3Y at Boxpark.

The evening’s imaginative joining of musical worlds opened with the lush vocals of … Read More »

Purley Festival is back!

Posted on May 15th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Back after a break, 2017′s festival will be bigger and better than ever

Purley Festival has been a highlight of the Croydon calendar since 2011. After a break last year, this great community festival is back for local people to enjoy this summer.

Starting on Monday 26th June with a week-long series of festival fringe events, the festival builds up to a music and arts finale on … Read More »

So what if Fairfield Halls closes for two years – I’m glad

Posted on January 7th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 22 comments

Jonny Rose refuses to eulogise the potentially departed Fairfield Halls

News that the Fairfield Halls is due to be closed for two years of renovation has seen many in Croydon enter into paroxysms of grief reserved usually for dead relatives and relegated football teams.

My own response is less “Oh no”, and more “So what?”.

Rather than being a death knell … Read More »

A party without a heart?

Posted on September 9th, by The Croydon Citizen in Culture. 3 comments

Did Croydon’s summer of festivals fulfil its Ambition? Two Citizen contributors debate that very topic

Katie Rose is a Croydon-based singer, musician, sound therapist and vocal coach who was part of the team running the Big Sing workshop at Ambition. Sean Creighton has experience of community and voluntary organisations at a local and national level. A committed activist and blogger on a range of topics, … Read More »

Sponsored: The festival that’s ambitious for Croydon

Posted on July 17th, by Ambition Festival in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s most ambitious cultural celebration is about to start, with something for everyone

2015 is our first year, and we’ve started as we mean to go on. Croydon’s certainly ambitious, and the acts that we’ll be seeing in venues around the town centre and across the borough reflect it: top talent, exciting newcomers and original entertainment that have put Croydon straight onto some ‘ones to watch’ festival … Read More »

Croydon’s summer of festivals 2015

Posted on June 3rd, by The Croydon Citizen in Culture. 1 Comment

Croydon a cultural desert? Hardly! There’s a tidal wave of festivals and events coming our way this summer

Whether you’re a music lover, comedy enthusiast, culture vulture, heritage fan or someone who likes to keep it local, there’s a festival this summer to encourage you to take the plunge. Some of the programmes aren’t quite finalised as we’ve gone to press, but here are some … Read More »

Vintage cycles, cactus and cake at carnival Addiscombe-style

Posted on May 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Bernadette Fallon experiences community spirit coming alive in Addiscombe

Sitting outside Café Adagio on Lower Addiscombe Road, it’s easy to spot the returners from Addiscombe Festival at the end of the street, as a procession of cactus plants, large pandas and brightly coloured toys streams past.

Inside the café, vintage clothes sellers JuneGeorge are giving customers a chance to browse their racks. But I’m … Read More »

Croydon International Film Festival

Posted on October 8th, by Donna Lipowitz in Culture. No Comments

This autumn, Croydon will host its second International Film Festival at Matthew’s Yard. Donna Lipowitz shares her excitement, hopes and dreams

Last year, the artist Benjamin Bridges and I were searching for somewhere to screen a film we made together. To our delight we discovered Matthews Yard and met some amazing people (including Alice Cretney of Turf Projects) who helped us with the tech, screening, promotion and … Read More »

Review of LeeFest 2014: the little music festival that could

Posted on July 24th, by Olivia Garner in Culture. 2 comments

LeeFest is Croydon’s music festival down the road, and its reputation is growing. Olivia Garner reports from the party frontline

Many haven’t heard of LeeFest, the South London Music Festival. It’s a home-grown independent festival that takes place on Higham’s Hill Farm on the outskirts of New Addington each year. However, these three days of paint-covered madness are definitely on the up- and-up.

It took place … Read More »