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Moving forward: Croydon’s Cultural Vision 2018 reflects on Borough of Culture loss

Posted on March 27th, by Holly Bernstein in Culture. No Comments

“With or without the money, Croydon will move forward”

A panel is setting its sights forward after Croydon lost the bid to become London’s first Borough of Culture in 2019.

The London Borough of Culture award was a new initiative launched by the Mayor Sadiq Khan in June 2017. The award offered more than £1m of funding to two winning boroughs, Waltham Forest for 2019 … Read More »



Croydon and the battle to be London Borough of Culture

Posted on February 28th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 1 Comment

We didn’t win, but we’ve plenty to be proud of

So, Croydon did not win the title of London’s first Borough of Culture. But we can most definitely hold our heads high with the sense of pride and honour that comes from having fought the good fight.

Croydon has changed dramatically in recent years. In fact, it’s the reason that Croydon made a bid for London … Read More »



The big questions at Croydon’s Congress on Culture

Posted on January 19th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

We were invited to ‘have the conversations’, so how did they go?

Croydon’s Congress on Culture brought together representatives from businesses, charities, and voluntary organisations along with arts professionals and activists to discuss the borough’s cultural offering. The congress was hosted by Paula Murray, the council’s creative director. Richard Ings of Arts Council England was visiting speaker, with the business event hosted and co-ordinated by Shaking Hands.

The day … Read More »



‘I would make Croydon better by…’, one year on

Posted on December 18th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Your ideas are being put into action, but there are many more that can become a reality with your help

In January 2017, the Citizen unveiled a pocket-sized book of ideas collated from its readers over the preceding two-and-a-half years. In the presence of the Mayor of Croydon, the Leader of Croydon Council, and the council’s Chief Executive, copies of the book were handed out to representatives of … Read More »



Event review: Croydon’s evolution

Posted on July 14th, by Charles Barber in History. 11 comments

Dodgy microphones did not spoil an engaging and detailed journey through the borough’s varied and innovative history, but where were the audience questions?

The banqueting hall of the Old Palace School was an appropriately historical location for a discussion on the evolution of Croydon. Expertly hosted by James Naylor, who was a combination of both chairman and compere, the evening consisted of a guided … Read More »