Purley Festival


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 »



Welcome to Croydon’s festival season 2017

Posted on June 15th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Get set to celebrate summer with festivals across the borough

Keep your eye on the weather forecast. A lot depends on it. There’s a long (and let’s hope hot) summer of festivals and open air fun ahead.

Of course, not all the events will be outdoors. And even if it pours, our stiff upper lips will see us through. Not to mention our cagoules.

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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 »



The Addiscombe Fan Dance

Posted on September 29th, by Andy Ellis in Culture. 3 comments

Andy Ellis explains the strange whooshing noises coming from Addiscombe

If you are crossing Ashburton Park on a Saturday afternoon you might hear a curious rasping noise.

Following the sound to its source in the shadow of the old library building, you realise that it comes from bright red silk fans opening and closing in unison as they are wielded by half a dozen or … Read More »



Event review: Airballoon Garden Party Festival, 29th-30th August 2015

Posted on September 22nd, by Katie Rose in Culture. 1 Comment

Katie Rose spends the day with Airballoon traffic control

On a cloudy Croydon Sunday afternoon I set out towards the outer realms of Coulsdon in search of music and adventure at the Airballoon Garden Party. A bus, a train and a wander later, I find myself on top of Rickman Hill in a huge field edged with trees, ready for lift off.

The programme is already … 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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8,000 attend Purley Festival weekend finale event

Posted on July 9th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

1,000 residents of Purley and the surrounding area attended the week-long festival programme and 8,000 gathered for the finale on Sunday 5th July in Rotary Field, Brighton Road. 

Release begins: Purley Festival 2015 has been hailed a great success by the festival organisers after a wonderful week which saw 1,000 people from Purley and the surrounding areas come together for a varied programme of weekday activities; and 8,000 people attend a … 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 »



Why does the Whitgift Centre have an artist-in-residence?

Posted on October 3rd, by Osheen Shrinivas in Culture. No Comments

Artist Hale Man is in residence at the Whitgift Centre. So what’s that all about?  Osheen Shrinivas explains

In June 2014 Hale Man set up shop in an empty shop on the ground floor of Croydon’s Whitgift Shopping Centre. She’s using this pop-up space to create art with the people of Croydon, young and old, under the theme of the five elements of Chinese Feng Shui – wood, … Read More »



Print Archive: July-August 2014 News Magazine – I would make Croydon better by…

Posted on September 23rd, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. No Comments

In this issue, the Citizen looks at the Croydon’s summer of festivals, Gatwick Airport expansion, affordable housing, and Halal meat in Croydon’s schools

The great British summer has well and truly begun, with its uncertain weather, numerous sporting failures, and frivolous news stories, it’s often low on serious and engaging political issues. But in Croydon there might be more reasons to be cheerful … Read More »