Culture

Peacock’s flora and fauna

12 May 2022

This week we catch up with our current social media header artist Cordelia Peacock on how she became a mixed media artist, her intuitive creative process, inspirations in nature and art, and more. Croydonist:...
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Let’s dance!

5 May 2022

With all the summer music festivals coming soon IRL (fingers crossed), May is the perfect month to brush up on our dance techniques, after being stuck toe-tapping on Zoom and Teams for way too...
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Living Streets, Local art

21 April 2022

This week we chat to South London visual artist ELNO who has recently worked with local teenage girls and non-binary teens to create a new mural in South Norwood, organised by the Croydon Living...
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As The Cro Cro Flies 

10 April 2022

This week sees the launch of our brand new ‘As The Cro Cro Flies‘ monthly music night at The Front Room where we promise to bring some of the UK’s most exciting bands to...
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Concrete rainbows and curious curtains

5 April 2022

This week a new group art exhibition opens in the Whitgift Centre, at the Project Space, upstairs at Turf Projects. Named ‘Never Mind The Concrete’, it’s been curated by well-known Croydon artist and photographer...
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Eco-art action

24 March 2022

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know we are running a series of Croydonist features on the climate, where we look at some of the things businesses and individuals do in Croydon to help...
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Croydon’s iconic urban explorer

8 March 2022

We last spoke to John Grindrod as his book ‘How To Love Brutalism’ was published back in 2018. Of course a lot has happened globally since then, but the New Addington raised author and...
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Celebrating Afro hair

3 March 2022

This week we headed to the Whitgift Centre to visit an exhibition and events space on the upper level. The space, which opened last summer, is run by local charity, the Windrush Generation Legacy...
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Women’s March

24 February 2022

March is nearly upon us which means this year’s International Women’s Day is only just over a week away, with the 2022 focus being #BreakTheBias. But why only raise awareness for a day when...
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A Cool Croydon Party

14 February 2022

Oh how we’ve missed gatherings and socialising (IRL) with people over the past couple of years. So drum roll please, because this Friday evening will quite possibly see the most hotly attended Croydon party...
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Festival Bop Style

27 January 2022

Festival Season starts early this year in Croydon with the return of The Bop Live. Mark down Saturday 5 February in your calendar folks as the line-up is off the scale! Presented by SDS...
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A queer hurrah

20 January 2022

The start of the year always seems a bit drab and dreary. January blues, followed by the biting chill of February. However, this year there’s the sparkle of balls, screenings, Q&As galore, storytelling and...
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Children, centre stage

13 January 2022

For our first chat of 2022 we catch up with the multi-talented Salihah Agbaje. From arts practitioner, children’s author, and podcaster, to passionate educationalist, and founder of Theatre in Education organisation Spoken World Productions,...
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Local 22

6 January 2022

And just like that, we’re in the first week of 2022! If you’re a regular reader you’ll know by now that we invariably start the year with a group post where we ask Croydonist...
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Top ten 21

29 December 2021

We are nearing the close of 2021, which means one thing for the Croydonist – looking back at some of our favourite features of the year. We’ve now all had to adjust to the ‘new...
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Shades of creation

21 December 2021

Croydon is jam packed with creative talent and it’s a pool that is ever expanding. On a recent trip to the Clock Tower Market in South Norwood I was pleasantly surprised by how many...
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Panto Bogies

15 December 2021

Oh no you’re not! He’s behind you! Boooooooo! Yep you guessed it, Panto season is well and truly here but with a new addition to traditional sayings ‘BOGIES’. Welcome to The Fairfield Halls and...
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Bidding you a merry christmas

8 December 2021

Although it seems our Christmas plans are being reigned in (again) by the collective cloud that is Covid (and I’m unfortunately not talking sleigh reigns – best pun I could think of, sorry) there is...
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Festive adventures, South Norwood style

7 December 2021

The festive season is in full swing once again. We’ve been spending our time rediscovering our favourite haunts, but also adding some new ones to our list in South Norwood. It’s tempting to stick...
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250 years of black innovation and success

25 November 2021

This week we chat to the author of Black Enterprize, D. A. Miller. I first came across Dwayne’s work when Black Enterprize, which tells the stories of successful black innovators through history, was turned...
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Having a bit of a do

17 November 2021

This week we catch up with arts organisation Drunken Chorus, as their free-to-attend inclusive festival of theatre, dance and cabaret, A Bit Of A Do returns to Stanley Arts. We chat to joint directors Chris Williams...
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A Boxpark bullseye

10 November 2021

Axe Throwing in Croydon! That’s right, you can throw axes in Croydon. Axe throwing comes from Canada where people casually throw axes in their backyard. It is a popular sport in Canada as well as the...
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Up the volume, feel the waves

5 November 2021

This week we catch up with the founders of Wavey Faded to find out more about their live music nights and their thoughts on Croydon’s music scene ahead of their next event at the...
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Positively festive

28 October 2021

The evenings are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air, and the mince pies are already on supermarket shelves. You’ve guessed it, it’s beginning to look alot like Christmas. I realise we haven’t...
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Ghosts, ghouls, dragons and badgers

21 October 2021

You may have heard recent murmurings of dragons in South Norwood Country Park or ghosts in Stanley Halls. We wanted to find out more about the local arts organisation behind these events, so we...
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BOXPARK’s Black History Month

7 October 2021

I have visited BOXPARK Croydon a few times since Covid restrictions have eased, and on a recent evening trip I found their bar BeatBox to be a great place to chill with a drink...
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From portraits to abstraction

22 September 2021

This week we chat with our current social media cover artist, Miguel Sopena. Miguel is an artist and photographer originally from Valencia, Spain, who works out of Turf’s artist studios. He trained as a...
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A great week of green

16 September 2021

In our Croydonist climate series, we look at some of the things businesses and individuals do in Croydon to help combat the climate crisis. The Great Big Green Week starts this Saturday (18th September)....
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Poetry, prose and concrete

9 September 2021

As you probably already know, Open House London opened its doors (literally) last weekend. The Croydon architectural gems on offer included the medieval/Victorian Croydon Minster, the 1920s Airport House and South Norwood’s 1960s brutalist...
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Now that’s smooth

2 September 2021

It was a friday night so of course cocktails were in order with a side order of live jazz music. So where in the blazes can you head to for that? None other than...
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Croydon’s Concrete Capella

26 August 2021

I’ve always considered the ‘VW’ building on the Purley Oaks part of Brighton Road to be a striking piece of modernist architecture. Of course it’s now known as Capella Court, but it’s been the...
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Location, location, location

12 August 2021

This week we catch up with our recent social media header artist Jason Chow. Jason is a self taught illustrator who runs Prints Jason. During the second lockdown he had lots of spare time...
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The infinite possibilities of theatre

5 August 2021

This week we catch up with Jamal Chong who is artistic director of Croydon-based theatre company Misprint. You may remember Jamal’s name from his days as artistic director and venue manager at Theatre Utopia...
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Shaniqua’s Voices of Croydon

30 July 2021

This week we catch up with Croydon’s first Poet Laureate, Shaniqua Benjamin, ahead of her online exhibition launching at the Museum of Croydon on Monday (2 August). The exhibition called ‘Voices of Croydon’ is...
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The right conditions

21 July 2021

Last week I popped by the new Conditions Shop to meet artist, educator and Conditions Studio co-founder Matthew Noel-Tod. Haven’t heard of Conditions? Read on… Conditions Shop is a new store which opened earlier...
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Pioneering Purley

15 July 2021

I have recently been seeking out blue plaques and creating my own running trails connecting them together (see here and here). I’ve been doing this in various locations but at the request of some...
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Real bands, real ale, real life

8 July 2021

Festival season has had its knocks these past 18 or so months, but suddenly there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.  South Norwood Community Festival has been given the green...
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Stanley’s Pride

24 June 2021

Most Croydon regulars interested in the arts have probably visited South Norwood’s Stanley Halls for a cultural event in recent years. For those of you new to Croydon, the venue is a beautiful Grade...
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From Croydon to Calais

17 June 2021

This week we caught up with the lovely Joanna Scanlan to talk about her new film as well as all things Croydon. And yes I do mean the Joanna Scanlan who you’ll probably know...
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Addiscombe blue green run

20 May 2021

Welcome to the second in our series of blue plaque runs. Ok this one isn’t 100% blue plaque as it features a green plaque too, but it’s an optional stop, so if you want...
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Painting the town with music

13 May 2021

Last autumn Centrale & Whitgift put out a call for local artists and collectives to submit ideas to be included in an art trail stretching across their shopping centres with the theme of ‘Croydon...
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Best of Five

5 May 2021

On 5 May 2016 we published our first two articles on the Croydonist here and here. 259 articles and 5 years later we decided to look back at some of our favourite features to...
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A life from two sides

29 April 2021

Now that my days lack a train commute and I have an energetic three-year-old to tire me out, I don’t have time to read as much as I used to. However when I heard...
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The Purley Pear Tree

22 April 2021

In recent years Croydon town centre has been synonymous with street art, and the art has gradually expanded north, to West Croydon and up – indeed Thornton Heath has a pretty awesome street art trail...
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The magic of Croydon

15 April 2021

Both the Elizabethan and Victorian eras in England have always been promoted as eras of enlightenment, scientific advancement; and where religion played an important part in everyone’s lives. Especially with the witch trials from...
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Norwood’s blue plaque run

8 April 2021

Lockdown has sucked hasn’t it, but I have tried to look at the positives throughout, like not having to commute, getting chores done during the week rather than taking up my whole weekend, and...
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Croydon’s Skye

1 April 2021

What better way to kick off a (fingers crossed) sunny but also (according to my weather app) snowy Easter weekend, than by hearing about a Croydon illustrator who creates some very joyful and Spring-like...
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Croydon’s original mural artist

25 March 2021

Whilst I was reading about architect Jane Drew, who we featured last month, I happened upon a friend of hers and fellow Croydon-born creative, Barbara Mildred Jones. Despite being a rather influential post-war artist,...
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Zoom to the moon and beyond

10 March 2021

This year Croydonites Festival of New Theatre looks a little different for obvious reasons. The fifth festival was supposed to happen from 26-29 March 2020, but Lockdown 1 halted proceedings, so they have embraced...
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Croydon’s Chandigarh architect

18 February 2021

Whilst I was enjoying a trip down a Google rabbit warren (as I often do) when I was researching modernist architecture for my chat with Keith van Loen last week, I happened upon a...
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Modernist angles and blue skies

11 February 2021

Last month I met architecture photographer Keith van Loen through the Peckham-based (but currently online) monthly creative meet-up, Rye Here Rye Now. We got chatting and it turns out Keith is a fellow fan...
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Slaying in her lane

4 February 2021

This week we had the privilege to chat with multi-award-winning journalist and bestselling author Yomi Adegoke, who also just so happens to be a Croydon resident. She has a quite frankly formidable CV having...
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A hub of activity

28 January 2021

A building that has long been a landmark on the Westow Hill side of Crystal Palace Triangle used to be called Upper Norwood Library. My mum worked there before I was born, so I...
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Evie and Isla’s adventures

21 January 2021

New author and local resident Danielle Clarke has been very productive in the last 6 months – she has created a series of children’s books called ‘What Makes Our Family Special’ to celebrate different cultures,...
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Rainy days and musical adventures

14 January 2021

Music has always been dear to my heart. I’m in a band, curate a festival and now also have a music podcast, but I’m also a huge fan of history. I was recently reading...
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Frida and Friends

7 January 2021

For our first creative chat of 2021 we speak to local maker Rosie Naismith, who I discovered last summer when I purchased one of her awesome Frida Kahlo fabric face masks. Better known by...
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21 for 21

1 January 2021

Well it’s 2021 folks, and we wish you all a happy and healthy new year. I imagine everyone is relieved to see the back of 2020 and we have our fingers crossed for better...
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Ten of twenty

23 December 2020

Well, what can we say? 2020 has been quite a year. And hopefully there won’t be another like it. Despite all the challenges a global pandemic brings we’ve seen the resilience of our community...
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Eco-chic for plants

17 December 2020

We’re coming to that time of year where thinking about sustainability tends to somewhat go out of the window, what with all the extra wrapping and packaging we often accumulate over the festive season....
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The (mis)fortunes of the Croydon Carews

10 December 2020

As I’ve mentioned before, history isn’t my strong point, having sadly dropped the subject at school aged 14. I have a fascination with Croydon’s 20th Century history when our space-age skyline started to form,...
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Friday Night Bop

25 November 2020

Just when you thought you’d exhausted all the fun things to do in lockdown the first time around, and the prospect of ANOTHER weekend watching telly and reordering your bookshelves doesn’t fill you with...
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A unique Lemon

12 November 2020

A few weeks ago we met the lovely lady behind Love a Lemon Ceramics at a workshop for local creatives at Croydon Clocktower. As soon as we saw Lemon’s beautiful and quirky bespoke ceramics...
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Gifts to please the planet

29 October 2020

If you can remember what the world looked like in 2019 (that world before face-masks, hand-sanitiser and Zoom-drinks), you’ll remember that the Climate Emergency was very much at the forefront of everyone’s minds. In...
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Hidden qualities and unknown heroes

22 October 2020

In June this year when we met Croydon community arts company SDS we were also introduced to visual artist Tatenda Michael Manyarara who regularly works on commissions for the organisation. We were immediately taken...
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Sharing the Croydon love

15 October 2020

If you’re on Instagram, you may have noticed a new account bursting with creative Croydon content pop up in your feed in the last couple of weeks. Called Croydon Shared, this is an initiative...
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The clocktower market strikes five

8 October 2020

Local community has become more important than ever this year,  as we’ve spent less time travelling and more time at home, appreciating our neighbours and immediate surroundings. South Norwood already had a close-knit community...
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Back in the yard

1 October 2020

At the start of 2020 the sad announcement was shared that our beloved local gem, Matthews Yard would be closing. Over the years we had enjoyed many a pint and too much wine, in...
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From Spitfires to orchids

24 September 2020

I grew up on the southern edge of Croydon and my childhood home was just down the road from Kenley Common, so I’ve been visiting this beautiful greenspace ever since I can remember… I...
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Cicely, David and Henry

17 September 2020

All Croydon locals already know our borough is a rather literary place, with writers abound from history as well as plenty walking our streets today. We’ve talked about various Croydon-linked authors over the years,...
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Carole through the Looking Glass

3 September 2020

This week we discovered a beautiful set of photos by local photographic artist Carole Evans, that she is turning into a photobook via Kickstarter, to document the history of her community during lockdown. Titled...
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Taking pride in our LGBT+ history

27 August 2020

One of the events we particularly missed because of Covid this summer was Croydon Pride. It’s become a firm fixture in our calendar since 2016 and we love it for its celebratory feel, where...
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To Croydon, with love

20 August 2020

Now we do like a zine at the Croydonist. An independent publication is always a labour of love, and when we saw ‘A Love Letter to Croydon’ by Waddon-based photographer Ameena Rojee we knew...
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Colourful brutalism

13 August 2020

There’s so much more to brutalist architecture than grey concrete, but seeing the buildings photographed in vibrant colours is definitely unusual. Croydon-based photographer Christopher Hope-Fitch does just this with his personal project ‘Brutalism in...
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Once upon a time in Croindene

23 July 2020

Once upon a time there was a place called Croindene, where presumably its residents wandered about amongst fields of saffron (and we’re not talking about Croydon Saffron Central). A time before the Battle of...
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Connected by a Thread

15 July 2020

This week one of our favourite Croydon-based creatives – free embroidery artist Tina Crawford – joins us as guest writer to talk about her rather extraordinary art piece she created during lockdown.  ‘Connected by...
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Croydon past, present, future

9 July 2020

This week we go on a tour of the Museum of Croydon (in digital form), as we catch up with Marie Tulley-Rose over a virtual cuppa, and discuss everything from representing a diverse community...
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Famed and forgotten: our lost composer

2 July 2020

This week we are joined by guest writer Grace Healy, who is a Peckham-based piano teacher and plays keys in Croydon band Bugeye. Grace, who is campaigning for the inclusion of black composers on...
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Croydon’s Common Ground

24 June 2020

For a long long time Croydon has been a town of architectural development, from our space-age skyscrapers of the sixties to the regeneration going on right now. I’d never really thought much about where...
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Setting Da Standards for Croydon

18 June 2020

If you don’t already know about SDS (or Setting Da Standards), it’s time you do, as they are a community arts company on the rise, right here in Croydon. They are literally ‘setting da...
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London 360, Croydon No.1

11 June 2020

This week Croydon-based photographer Michael Shilling joins us as guest writer to talk about his 360 London street photography project, and how his interest in Victorian photography in Croydon led him to start a...
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Kate’s Croydon

28 May 2020

We’ve been huge fans of Kate Marsden’s vibrant illustrations and fabric designs for some time now. Her work has a distinct mid-century vibe and often features modernist architecture, and sometimes (luckily for us) buildings...
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Collecting tales of Croydon and beyond

21 May 2020

We are still lamenting the loss of this year’s Croydonites festival, being massive fans of Croydon’s annual theatrical event. We talked earlier in the year about all the exciting and innovative theatre we were...
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Strings online

14 May 2020

Rewind a year or so and I was drinking coffee with Vicki Workman in Boxpark discussing our love of guitar bands as well as the Croydonist’s upcoming music festival Cro Cro Land. Vicki, founder...
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The space between

30 April 2020

The creative work of Eleanor Suess is hard to categorise as her practice straddles the disciplines of both architecture and art. Eleanor describes herself as an architect, artist, and educator. As well as working...
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A vision in wool

16 April 2020

I didn’t realise until recently that tucked behind Factory Lane and a stone’s throw from Ikea, there are over a hundred studios for creatives in a development called Art House Studios in Grafton Quarter....
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Quizantine

9 April 2020

If you’re missing your local boozer, you’re certainly not alone, but being in quarantine doesn’t have to mean that you miss out on the socials that normally take place in the pub. I sort...
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For your audio visual pleasure

2 April 2020

This week we’re focusing on the delightful sounds and sights delivered to you via the wonders of digital, as part of our series of ‘Croydon at home’ articles to help us all to still...
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A virtual wander, a visual wonder

26 March 2020

As we adjust to our new life indoors, we are running a series of ‘Croydon at home’ articles to help us all to still fly the flag for Croydon from our sofas. This week...
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Light and shade, delight and detail

12 March 2020

As you’ll all well know by now, one of the things we love about Croydon is its iconic 60s architecture – we’ve talked about it here, quite a bit over the last few years. Imagine...
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Croydon in focus

5 March 2020

I kicked off my social calendar in 2020 by attending a photography talk hosted by Lenses of Croydon – this was the first time I’d headed along to one of their events, and although I’m...
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The SAVVY way to do theatre

27 February 2020

This week we complete our trio of features on the creative organisations who now call the Fairfield Halls their home. SAVVY Theatre is an award-winning company, creating ambitious, inclusive productions and theatre experiences that...
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Going Underground

20 February 2020

I’m sure you’re all aware that around the centre of Croydon we have a series of underused subways in all their 60’s mosaiced glory. I didn’t quite realise until writing this that there are...
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Sliding back into the physical

13 February 2020

We’ve been waxing lyrical about the abundance of Croydon culture, from theatre and dance, to art, design and more, since we started the Croydonist in 2016. And indeed our borough has been formally acknowledged...
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Full moon, four nights

6 February 2020

Croydonites Festival of New Theatre comes back to our shores at the end of next month, with an exciting new format. The festival is packing its fantastic line-up all into a long weekend (Thursday...
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Art is…

29 January 2020

If I say the name Rich Simmons most of you will think of some of our most iconic Croydon street art. Rich’s art is sometimes political, sometimes controversial, and always stunning – he has...
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A collar and a voice

23 January 2020

I always like to have my perceptions challenged by new experiences. Growing up in Croydon’s suburbs in the eighties and nineties I formed a certain opinion of the Church of England through traditions taught...
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Made with love

15 January 2020

This may sound like an oxymoron, but we bought the sexiest chopping board we’d ever seen at the Made In Croydon Makers Market at Boxpark in December. Crafted by local woodworking company Ernest &...
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An expanding art scene

8 January 2020

What better way to start the new year than with some new art? We’ve been quite taken by some new artworks we’ve seen around town (digitally and physically) created by design duo Samantha Warren...
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2020 vision

2 January 2020

Happy new year folks, and welcome to a brand new decade. It’s now the twenties (which I think is going to sound strange for a while), so what better way to start them than...
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End of the teens

26 December 2019

Can you believe the last year of the decade is coming to a close? We’ve just finished off the final Christmas pudding of the teens, and are stocking up the bubbly to ring in...
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Tis the season for Turf

18 December 2019

If you are like me and are rather disorganised when it comes to Christmas, and still have gifts to buy for friends who like art, then this is definitely for you. Turf Projects have...
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Cool Classical Croydon

11 December 2019

Now that the Fairfield Halls has reopened its doors, we have lots of arts events to book into our diaries. Our arts centre also has three very different resident organisations that now call Fairfield...
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To refill or not to refill

28 November 2019

To refill of course. Although that can be easier said than done, when most of us shop in supermarkets for our regular groceries and household items, bringing home countless single-use plastics in the process....
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The odd birds and other characters

20 November 2019

I very much look forward to posts from Angela Crow on Instagram. The vibrant diversity of her art often combining pattern, landscape and the human figure (with the occasional animal) lights up my feed,...
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Cronx Christmas is Coming…

14 November 2019

In the Croydonist household we’re divided about Christmas. If Angela had her way we’d be putting up the Christmas decs in August, whereas I’m more at the denial end of the scale, where the...
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A new home for Black British theatre

6 November 2019

Now that the Fairfield Halls has reopened its doors in the heart of our borough, we have many varied arts events and opportunities to look forward to in the coming months. One of the...
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Stunning sounds

23 October 2019

Music has always been an incredibly important part of my life, both as a writer and fan. One of the things I love about it is its infinite possibilities; reinventing and evolving at an...
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Sound the sirens, Zoo Co’s here to play

16 October 2019

The opening season at the Fairfield Halls is gaining momentum with events catering for all tastes, and an array of talent from near and far to entertain us. This Sunday evening one of our...
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What a waste

9 October 2019

As part of our Croydonist climate series we catch up with one of our favourite Croydon artists, Tina Crawford ahead of her exhibition at the Museum of Croydon. As a free embroidery artist Tina...
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The planet’s pawprint

26 September 2019

As the global climate strikes continue this week, another devastating report by a UN panel of scientists has been published highlighting our alarming impact on the planet. Looking at ways to lessen our ecological...
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Sowing co-working seeds in the Yard

19 September 2019

Croydon is home to a growing number of excellent co-working spaces, which cater for businesses in all shapes and sizes, from freelancers to fully-fledged companies, and are tailored to various different business sectors. In...
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Small sustainable steps

5 September 2019

Global climate strikes are happening this month, and British students are taking to the streets to protest on 20 September, led by the UKSCN. Finding ways to reduce our ecological footprint has never been...
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17 days until curtains up

29 August 2019

Drum roll please. Or more appropriately perhaps, a scale on the reinstalled Concert Hall organ, because in just over two weeks The Fairfield Halls reopens its doors to the public, becoming the largest multi-disciplinary...
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One woman, a riot of colour

21 August 2019

SimOne is an artist in demand – recently exhibiting in a collective show in New Cross and working on pop-ups all over London, from Peckham to Google’s HQ. You’ll probably recognise her vibrant work from...
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A summer trip to visit Granny Pearl

7 August 2019

We’re well into the swing of the school summer holidays and the UK weather is definitely not disappointing us with its usual flip-flop from sun to rain that I remember well from my childhood...
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Welcome to TMRW

31 July 2019

Croydon is home to a growing number of excellent co-working spaces, which cater for businesses in all shapes and sizes, from freelancers to fully-fledged companies, and are tailored to various different business sectors. In...
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Green is the new black

23 July 2019

#ClimateEmergency is very much a global trending phrase – indeed if it’s not at the front of your mind, it definitely should be. This week we start a Croydonist series looking at some of...
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Two pints of soda and a packed social life

16 July 2019

Many of you will have heard of Club Soda, the charity that supports people in Croydon with learning disabilities. In fact they are celebrating their 10th birthday this year. For those of you who...
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wandle weekender

10 July 2019

The sun is out (hopefully at time of reading) and our Croydon summer is in full swing. This weekend sees a double bill of free festival fun at Wandle Park, with the borough’s fourth...
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Nexus Croydon, next stop the world

3 July 2019

Croydon is home to a growing number of excellent co-working spaces, which cater for businesses in all shapes and sizes, from freelancers to fully-fledged companies, and are tailored to various different business sectors. In...
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No wellies needed

25 June 2019

You don’t need to pack your wellies, head to the fields and pitch a tent that turns out to not be waterproof (speaking from experience) to enjoy a festival. Croydon’s festival calendar is pretty...
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Amping up Croydon’s art scene

13 June 2019

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to a brunch to celebrate the official unveiling of the new art by Gavin Kinch, set over three floors of AMP House on Dingwall Road –...
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Sounds of the future

6 June 2019

Future sounds, space invaders and a visual wonder are just a few words that we would use to sum up Imagine Sound. Providing soundtracks and soundscapes, the duo, Croydon-based Sam Murray and his creative...
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TMRW’s stars

30 May 2019

Earlier this month we headed down to the first TMRW Sessions – an evening featuring 6 emerging artists from Croydon’s BRIT School (you know, the place that has produced a HELLUVA lot of talent,...
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Wrong Shoe in the Front Room

22 May 2019

Theatre really seems to be amping up in Croydon. We’re nearing the end of an amazing festival for Croydonites this year with the likes of the otherworldly Döden from Sweden, Gill Manly and TV’s...
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The orchid muse

15 May 2019

Liv Healey is an artist with a fascinating and unusual muse – the orchid. Describing the flower as ‘diverse and detailed’, she creates exquisite and unexpected paintings and drawings centred around this exotic plant....
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Walking in the footsteps of royalty

1 May 2019

Old Palace School, formerly Croydon Palace is one of the oldest buildings in Croydon. It was originally a stately home that dates back to both the Norman and Tudor eras; a summer residence for...
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Croydon Nite Fever

25 April 2019

Festival season is underway in Croydon, with more appearing in the calendar year after year. We certainly are lucky Croydonians to have such an array of events from music, to gin, food, comedy, and...
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It Was Cray Cray in Cro Cro Land

17 April 2019

It was completely crazy at Croydon’s very own festival last weekend at the Urban Xchange, with a range of the best indie and alternative bands that were specifically selected. Working closely with the Lives...
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Masters of records and reggae

10 April 2019

April is panning out to be quite the month of music for Croydon, as this coming Saturday (13 April) one of the borough’s oldest record shops, Reggaemasters, will be celebrating Record Store Day. For those...
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Tigers caught in Croydon

4 April 2019

Tigers caught in Croydon? Ridiculous you may say, but Tiger Mimic have been spotted roaming around Croydon. Established in the States, they are an indie/rock band with a unique, groovy style. Officially formed here...
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Ear to the underground

28 March 2019

What do you get if you cross a DJ, a promoter and a music journalist? Mari Lane from Get In Her Ears of course! If you haven’t yet heard of Get In Her Ears,...
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The ladies behind ladies first

7 March 2019

It’s International Women’s Day, and there are various fantastic celebrations taking place in and around Croydon today, this weekend, and beyond. One such celebration is a new photography exhibition called Ladies First. Which gallery,...
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Apples, snakes, spines and minds

28 February 2019

SPINE festival turns 5 this year, and is celebrating creativity and community across 17 London boroughs, from 7 to 16 March. If you haven’t heard of this multi-disciplinary arts festival we suggest you take...
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The art club scene

21 February 2019

Like us you may have noticed striking black and white posters mysteriously popping up around town recently. Or like us, you may have started following an uber cool new instagram feed with censored faces...
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Where The Weird Things Are

7 February 2019

Described as ‘rocket-fuelled pop-punk’ by Pure Rawk after their Croydon Rocks slot last autumn, Croydon-linked band The Weird Things are a 5-piece that are made up of some serious punk talent, from the bass...
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Crafting and grafting for Croydon

24 January 2019

Croydon’s creative community is thriving, and many local organisations are putting on awesome events for our enjoyment. Most weekends (and weekdays too) we’re spoilt for choice on events to attend, whether it be a...
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Welcome to a new land of music

11 January 2019

Festival season seems to be ever expanding each year in Croydon, from performance art and theatre to Pride and Mela celebrations. We’ve seen recent events and activity thrive, such as Croydon Rocks, Croydon FM,...
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First up, The 3rd Man

3 January 2019

First up this year we talk to Croydon stencil artist The 3rd Man, whose vivid paintings focus on the human form. His work is predominantly canvas-based but you may have spotted a few of...
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Looking forward to 2019

27 December 2018

It’s coming to the end of 2018, so it’s time to say out with the old and in with the new. Yes 2019 may be a challenging year for the country as a whole,...
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Eighteen and over

21 December 2018

So now that we’re winding down for the festive season and have wrapped up the pressies and sorted out Christmas lunch (no and no!), it’s time to sit back, relax and look back at...
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A winning tale of Croydonia

6 December 2018

As you know, Angela and I at the Croydonist and Cassie Whittell from Croydon Literary Festival spent November reading all the short stories entered to our competition, which celebrated the Literary Festival back in...
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A story of beauty out of horror

29 November 2018

At the end of October I went to Croydon Literary Festival and attended the Elizabeth Sheppard and Nicky Nicholls session about their new book. Titled Not A Proper Child, Croydon author Elizabeth tells the...
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Wrong shoe, right show

22 November 2018

There is a new theatre company on the block! Their first full show may not be premiering in our borough (at least you can see it south of the river), but the man behind...
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Croydonist Christmas greetings

14 November 2018

Christmas is coming round the corner folks – under 6 weeks to go… I know, I haven’t thought about starting my christmas shopping either. But why not begin with your christmas cards? This year, to...
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Spectacular, spectacular seventy-five

1 November 2018

Now dear readers, have you heard of CODA? If not, why not, as they are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. If yes, chances are you have enjoyed more than a few of their...
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A Led Zeppelin in Croydon’s skies

25 October 2018

Croydon’s connection with music has always been impressive, and the list of names connected to the borough is ever growing. From both past and present, as I dig deeper and deeper new gems appear...
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Croydon Litfest: the sequel

11 October 2018

If you are a Croydonist regular, you probably know by now that the Croydon Literary Festival is fast approaching. We’re sure a lot of you have already purchased your tickets for some of the...
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On your marks, get set, write

19 September 2018

Who doesn’t like a good ol’ story? A loved or hated protagonist, a location you’re instantly transported to, with plot twists and turns along the way. To celebrate this year’s Croydon Literary Festival which...
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Croydon: Capital of Music

6 September 2018

Summer may have come to an end but in the words of Nancy Sinatra, the beat goes on. You’ll remember dear readers, a few weeks back, the announcement that Croydon is the capital of...
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Celebrating the rise of urban art

30 August 2018

Once upon a time you’d get a smack on the wrist if you decided to decorate your local high street with graffiti. Ok that still happens, but with the rise of urban art, more...
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Streets of art, waves of colour

9 August 2018

Characterised by his colourful undulating and free-flowing patterns, Morgan Davy is a prolific, full-time, spraypaint artist from Croydon who got into graffiti in early 2002. These days his improvisational street art can be seen...
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Layers of Lovesah

2 August 2018

It’s been a busy year so far for artist Kay Lovesah. You may already recognise her vibrant and colourful portraits from our social media headers, or from Croydon-based exhibitions she has shown her work...
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Butterflies and decks

25 July 2018

This summer you’ll be able to experience a butterfly of a different kind with the arrival of Croydon’s biggest music festival to date, The Butterfly Effect. Taking place this weekend at Lloyd Park, the...
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The man behind Croydon’s lens

11 July 2018

It is more than likely you’ve met Rob Wilson Jr around town, as he can be frequently spotted at events, documenting Croydon life with his camera. Did you know though he also has his...
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Pride in the Park

28 June 2018

We have a whole host of reasons to get out and about in Croydon in July. Our festival season laps up the summer sun and continues with gusto into next month. Don’t forget that...
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Blood, sweat and Tempting Failure

12 June 2018

Many moons ago, Croydon was famed for its performance spaces. The Davis, Empire, Grand and Warehouse Theatres are all sadly ghosts of the past these days, but fear not my friends, for Croydon is...
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Bird crap, brexit, and bobbins

7 June 2018

When you type embroidery into Google it brings up pictures of circular hoops containing flowery designs, which immediately remind me of ladies sitting by the open fire in Jane Austin novels. You’ll rethink that...
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fifty pence peace

31 May 2018

Festival season is upon us. Up and down the country we’re digging out the wellies, airing mouldy tents that we forgot to clean out from last year, and getting excited about the adventures we’ll...
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No sh*t Sherlock

24 May 2018

Summer is nearing and I must say I do like a good read to go with my cocktail and sunshine… or more likely, pint indoors avoiding the rain, but whatever the weather, a good...
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A giant homecoming

17 May 2018

If you enjoy experiencing something a bit different on an evening out, as we do, Croydon is definitely where it’s at. Our borough is becoming quite the place to be able to immerse yourselves...
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Pop up, sing out

10 May 2018

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read the word ‘Opera’?  Lots of lovely descriptions if you’re already sold, hook line and sinker on the art but for those who aren’t...
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Frankie goes to doodle-land

26 April 2018

Frankie Curtis describes herself as an illustrator with an overactive imagination. We think her intricate illustrations are as if her mind has taken a wander into a playful parallel universe of crazy characters. These...
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The Croydonist turns two

19 April 2018

It’s our birthday and we’re celebrating. We’re putting on a free event at The Oval Tavern on Saturday 5 May, to raise money for South Norwood Community Kitchen, and you’re all invited. Expect live...
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X definitely marks the spot

29 March 2018

Have you been to Croydon’s hotel district lately? I’m talking about when you head out the yellow back exit of East Croydon station and walk down Lansdowne Road to the Whitgift Centre. If you’re...
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Oh What a Croydonite

22 March 2018

The Croydonites Festival of New Theatre returns for its third year to Croydon’s shores from 27 April to 20 May… Staying true to its roots of supporting local talent as well as UK national...
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The swinging 1860s

15 March 2018

Mention the history of Croydon School of Art and I think about the 1960s and 1970s era of alumni – op artist Bridget Riley, Jamie Reid and Malcolm McLaren of Sex Pistols fame, or...
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Beautifully brutal

8 March 2018

Concrete. To some, it’s synonymous with Croydon. Our reputation for concrete car parks, concrete high-rises and concrete flyovers precedes us. Many of our most striking buildings in the town centre are inspired by brutalist...
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Banners, Boxpark and Bikes for progress

2 March 2018

As I’m sure you all know by now, this year we are celebrating 100 years since our Parliament allowed the first women to vote. That of course makes this year’s International Women’s Day next...
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MY theatre

23 February 2018

Most Croydon culture regulars know that our beloved arts space tucked behind Surrey Street has been living in uncertainty for a little while now, and what with various recent changes in the line-up of...
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A universal blueprint in resin

1 February 2018

Cherilyn Yeates is a Croydon based artist who works in resin and mixed media. You might spot her in and around Croydon Arts Store as her studio is at Turf Projects. We wanted to...
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Life of Riley

24 January 2018

I’ve been a fan of Bridget Riley since I discovered op art at art school in my late teens. Her geometric patterns tricked my eyes like nothing I’d seen before in a static piece...
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A splash of colour with your coffee

17 January 2018

I’m a relative newbie to Art Rebellion, Coulsdon’s quirky combined café and art gallery. Nestled conveniently between Coulsdon Town and Coulsdon South train stations, I first visited for a private view of artist Bareface’s...
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Reality bites the dust

11 January 2018

Reality bites the dust with mind bending experiences and pure escapism. No I’m not talking about LSD or any other kind of illegal substance. I’m talking virtual reality baby. Forget VR experiences of the...
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Just seventeen

21 December 2017

Well hello lovely readers, and here we are nearly at the end of 2017 – not such a good year admittedly either nationally or globally (if you’re liberal-leaning that is), but locally our brilliant...
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The bright lights of bicycle theatre

29 November 2017

I’ve always thought of culture and sport as very separate entities. (Although I know the government would beg to differ with their department combining them). At my school people were either arty or sporty...
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Bags of art

22 November 2017

At the end of September the Whitgift Centre got a whole lot more cultured when a multi-level arts space landed in the heart of our favourite shopping centre. If you haven’t come across it...
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Crossing cultures

6 November 2017

We have a cultural feast awaiting us this winter at the Museum of Croydon. A free exhibition inspired by Subrang Arts (a Croydon-based Gujarati community organisation) focuses on the journey made by the Gujarati...
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Beating the drum for Croydon

26 October 2017

If music be the food of love then look no further than Beats & Eats for your fix of some mighty fine live music and food to send your taste buds soaring. With their...
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Snip, snap, chat

3 October 2017

Thinking of having your barnet cut? (A bit of cockney slang for you). This month Off The Record bring a whole new meaning to a trip to the barbers with their project ‘Mind My...
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In the market for some theatre

27 September 2017

One sunny friday last month I headed down to Surrey Street to look for the theatre tent nestled amongst the stall holders. Yes you read correctly – theatre on the market. The Human Zoo Theatre Company,...
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The Rich World of Art

19 September 2017

Croydon is big on art and even bigger on street art. Rich Simmons is an artist who is at the heart of our art scene – even if you don’t know his name I...
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Croydon’s next chapter

5 September 2017

September in Croydon is most certainly action packed, with Warhol Croydon underway, new culinary delights’ opening up shop, plus this month sees the very first Croydon Literary Festival taking place this Saturday (9 September)...
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Pop goes the Warhol

29 August 2017

If you haven’t heard already, September is Warhol month in Croydon. Yes that’s right folks, a whole month of events dedicated to the god of pop art Andy Warhol right here on our doorstep...
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Bursting with youth culture

8 August 2017

The other week, we were invited along to the The David Lean Cinema for the screening of a documentary about international youth project, The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT). The ambition of TCFT is...
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The pop art man of mystery

2 August 2017

Last month we were invited along to the private view of ‘Laid Bare’ at Art Rebellion. There we met artist Bareface, the man behind the solo show. We were eager to find out more...
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A winning combination

26 July 2017

Since the age of being able to roll a dice, I’ve loved a good board game, so it was no surprise that I carried on this path throughout life and even transcended into the...
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Celebrating a golden rainbow

12 July 2017

Croydon Pridefest 2017’s local LGBT+ celebrations are almost upon us and this year marks 50 years of progress on the road towards equality. From the beginnings of decriminalising homosexuality in 1967 to gay marriage...
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One woman, countless characters

6 July 2017

The Croydon Comedy Festival is well underway, with many a fine entertainer gracing a Croydon stage or two. One such comedic genius, and raising star is none other than Briony Redman. If it sounds...
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Croydon’s spaceman

21 June 2017

We first saw and fell in love with Gavin Kinch’s art in the ladies loo at the Oval a couple of years ago! Since then his mesmerising futuristic scenes have gained quite the presence in...
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A postcard to Croydon

14 June 2017

I seem to have spent much of the past month tutting in my impatient Croydon way at Italians taking an age to purchase their train tickets, or struggling to raise my backpack onto a...
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Viva la evolution

7 June 2017

This year Croydon Heritage Festival celebrates its fifth birthday with the theme of evolution. Some might say Croydon lives to evolve, as it’s always been rather good at it – from the times of Henry...
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Laughing all the way to the Cronx

16 May 2017

This June sees the return of the Croydon Comedy Festival, now in its third year, and the schedule looks very exciting indeed. We’re already plotting out who to see and have found we’re completely...
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The Wilds of West Croydon

14 March 2017

So when someone mentions Morris dancing, what do you think of? A quaint English village setting perhaps, with a team of men wearing white outfits, and straw hats with flowers. Or maybe bells on...
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Art O’Clock

7 March 2017

Artists starting out can often struggle finding affordable exhibition space with decent commission rates to allow them to earn their bread and butter. Thankfully, we’re blessed in Croydon with a hugely supportive community, and...
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Cro Cro Land

28 February 2017

Ah, the Oscars. The 89th Academy Awards 2017. The red carpets, the lights, the stars, the moment you realise you’ve given the wrong award to the wrong person… la la la la la… Don’t worry,...
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Illuminated letters (of our time)

13 February 2017

I LOVE neon and I LOVE letters and typography, so I was always going to love the new show on at RISE gallery: The Light Within. Neon, which for nearly a hundred years, has...
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From pilots to polar bears

9 February 2017

Next month there’s a theatre festival in town – that’s right folks, Croydonites Festival of New Theatre returns for its second year, running from 16 March to 1 April. A number of Croydon venues,...
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Matt’s Mystery Power Cut

25 January 2017

Matt Bannister is an illustrator who loves depicting the people and places of the Cronx. Living in nearby Wallington he’s regularly in our hood, searching for his next scene. We tracked Matt down to chat...
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Take off and bump off

11 January 2017

It’s that time of year again where we’re all skint, it’s cold outside and we’re most likely having an alcohol free month and/or have started some depressing new fad diet. Bets are on that...
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Smoothly does it

5 January 2017

Bleak winter mornings, limited daylight and a frosty chill in the air. That pretty much sums up January for most, although I do quite like winter, but that first month of the year is...
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Sweet ’16 in the Cronx

28 December 2016

We’ve reached that limbo part of December, between the mulled wine of Christmas and the prosecco of New Year’s Eve, when we’re all either curled up in front of trash telly, or sorting out...
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Making her mark in the Cronx

5 December 2016

Lis Watkins describes herself as drawing her way through life – she is an illustrator who lives just over the Croydon border in sunny SE20, but you can regularly spot her out and about in...
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Enter Utopia, stage right

31 October 2016

This year saw the two year closure commence of our beloved Fairfield Halls, raising many a concern for the theatrical decline in the borough that it would leave. We may have temporarily lost this...
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The epic adaptation of Oliver

16 October 2016

2016 has certainly been James Oliver’s year, with three solo shows, and more arranged for 2017 his art is becoming highly collectible, having sold over 150 pieces to date. Best known for his colourful...
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Croydon’s Box of Delights

26 September 2016

Croydon has been at the forefront of many exciting things in its time – world record breaking flights, innovation in aviation and rail – plus it has a rich history in arts and entertainment.  In fact, Croydon was...
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Kinks in the Cronx (and other artists)

12 September 2016

Last week I discovered the rather fab 101 Records which can be found round the back of Centrale, on the same strip as Turf Gallery. I spent a good hour in there, flicking through...
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Croydon’s grand designs

4 September 2016

If you’re like me and enjoy a good nose round other people’s pads, or have rolling episodes of Grand Designs on the telly as background noise to relax, you’ll be looking forward to Open...
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251 poppies, 100 years on

30 August 2016

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, a battle that lasted 5 months, with a death toll of over 1 million French, German and British soldiers. The first day...
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A rainbow over Surrey Street

23 August 2016

Last year on August bank holiday weekend Angela and I got hitched at Croydon Town Hall. So what better way to mark our first anniversary than to celebrate at the inaugural Croydon PrideFest? That’s...
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The novel Hart of the Cronx

14 August 2016

I don’t know about you, but for me it’s a real treat when I read a novel where I know the location in which it’s set. I sort of feel like I’m an extra...
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Stand by for take-off (in a wicker chair)

2 August 2016

The Purley Way, known as a Saturday traffic nightmare of DIY shoppers, is actually quite a fascinating place. Rich in history, it was once upon a time at the forefront of an exciting new...
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Art all over our Turf

13 July 2016

What connects the following? 1) Centrale Shopping Centre 2) Crazy golf 3) A mole picture in Wandle Park 4) A commemorative set of boulders 5) Croydon airport No? The answer is Turf. Not the...
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Riding a Cadillac to Utopia

8 July 2016

Bugeye, made up of two-thirds Croydon residents, is an indie-disco band, of which the singer and lead guitarist is the Croydonist’s very own Angela Martin. Currently being played on BBC 6 Music, they release...
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Tempting us to the edge of art

3 July 2016

The Tories have been swinging an axe at the arts budgets like a madman on amphetamines, ever since election (don’t worry this isn’t going to be a political rant, promise!). On top of this...
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In our back yard

29 June 2016

When I first visited Matthews Yard for a charity gig night a few years ago, it felt like I’d wandered through a portal to a different world just off Surrey Street Market. I’d lived...
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Croydon’s Comedy Kittens

19 June 2016

In case you didn’t know, Croydon Comedy Festival is currently on with a rather impressive line-up of both current and future stars of comedy. Now in its second year, the festival brings together film,...
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Never Mind the Boxpark

1 June 2016

Croydonian, political activist and the father of iconic Sex Pistols imagery that defined a punk generation – artist, Jamie Reid, returns to where it all began, in good old Croydon with a brand new...
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The Rise of Croydon’s Mary Poppins

20 May 2016

As RISE Gallery’s Jamie Reid show opens this week, we caught up with the man behind Croydon’s expanding art scene, Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison. Nestled in St George’s Walk, a rather rundown 1960s precinct, you’ll discover...
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Croydon’s Coolest Car park

16 May 2016

Early evening on a bright sunny Sunday in Croydon and we’re at the borough’s coolest new hot spot, The Lost Format Society, for a catch-up with two of the masterminds behind the project, Justin...
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Who is the fairest of the halls?

14 May 2016

Personally I can’t decide between the two main halls at Fairfield: the smaller Ashcroft theatre (perfect for a murder mystery play) or the concert hall itself, where we’ve seen larger shows (Dawn French’s 30...
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