Culture

Mini Pride, major party

11 July 2024

In just over a week Pride returns to Croydon. This year it’s billed as Croydon’s Mini PrideFest, because it’s on a smaller scale than the previous years’ celebrations in Wandle Park. Earlier this year...
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Croydon goes to Edinburgh

4 July 2024

Summer is well under way, so for many performers that means decamping to Scotland for ‘The greatest platform for creative freedom in the world.’ Yes folks, I’m talking about the Edinburgh Fringe. This week...
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Fusing drums, pringles and jazz

27 June 2024

Did you know that drumming can boost your IQ? Well Croydon drummer Bella Matthews must be very smart, as earlier this year, she was the only female finalist out of 10 young drummers in...
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Classical in concrete?

20 June 2024

This week we heard about an exciting musical ensemble that will be coming our way next month. Called The Multi-Story Orchestra, the south-east-London-based collective performs in car parks and other unconventional settings, and will...
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Modernist Matt

13 June 2024

I’ve lived in the Park Hill area of Croydon for a decade now, and have probably walked up and down Park Hill Road several thousand times, but I had never visited the modernist church...
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Cobalt blue and other colours

6 June 2024

This week our guest writer Shehrazade Zafar-Arif reviews the new exhibition at Croydon Art Space, on until 10 August. I almost walked right past Croydon Art Space, tucked inconspicuously as it is between grocery...
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The perfect show for everyone

29 May 2024

Last Friday we swapped the bright lights and skyscrapers of Croydon for the bright lights and skyscrapers of the Barbican, as we attended the press night of Zoo Co’s Perfect Show For Rachel. Zoo...
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Access needs and 80s pop

23 May 2024

This week we catch up with performance artist Vijay Patel ahead of his show, Brotherly, Otherly, Disorderly, arriving at Stanley Arts on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June. The show, described as ‘an access...
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Commons people

9 May 2024

Get your dancing shoes on, as Commons festival returns to our shores from next Tuesday until 26 May, with homegrown dance organisations Beeja, Birdgang and SLiDE leading the way. We caught up with the...
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No Stranger to Croydon

2 May 2024

I would just like to say, how lucky are we to have the David Lean Cinema? Seriously, there’s always something decent on and recently we’ve been treated to incredible Q&As with the likes of...
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The Land of Cro Cro 24

25 April 2024

Spring has officially sprung, and there is no better way to wake up and blow away those winter cobwebs than listening to fresh live music. The weekend before last was spent doing exactly that...
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Power to Park Hill

11 April 2024

This week our guest writer Zoe O’Donnell, reviews a new community event ‘The Park Hill showcase’ that took place for the first time last month. Situated to the south of East Croydon station with...
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Poetry for all

4 April 2024

Over the last few months (in my day job as a graphic designer) I’ve had the pleasure of working with Shaniqua Benjamin to help create a set of poetry posters which form part of...
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Our future: Arcadia festival

28 March 2024

Over the last few seasons, we’ve had a bit of a gap in our climate series where we discuss the climate crisis with Croydon organisations and individuals. This was mainly because of our Borough...
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Cro Cro chats, part 2

21 March 2024

There’s just over three weeks to go until our Cro Cro Land Festival, so we wanted to chat with more of our awesome artists, to hear about their music, their thoughts on the festival,...
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This is the finale

14 March 2024

Croydon’s London Borough of Culture year is coming to a close, and to celebrate, This Is Croydon has curated a series of eclectic music events called Croydon Remix for the closing weekend, which runs...
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CCL artists talk IWD

8 March 2024

Today is of course International Women’s Day 2024, and this year the focus is on inspiring inclusion by celebrating diversity and empowerment. So what better day to catch up with three of our female...
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An inclusive space for creativity

29 February 2024

Autistic Youth Hub is a relatively new local collective, which launched last summer as a supported space for young adults who self-identify as autistic or similarly neurodivergent. As part of This is Croydon, the...
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Cro Cro Land the sequel

23 February 2024

Hurrah for live music and the final return of the next installment of our music festival, Cro Cro Land. As a rule sequels can suck, filmwise, but happily that is not the case for...
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