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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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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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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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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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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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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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Welcome to Little Manhattan

14 February 2024

Last week we visited the Little Manhattan exhibition, at the Croydon Clocktower, which celebrates Croydon’s striking skyline, and captures the memories of those who lived through the regeneration of the area between the 1950s...
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Magical metro-land

25 January 2024

As a huge fan of our borough’s modernist architecture, I thought I knew all of the architectural gems that existed around Croydon. That was until I chatted with author Joshua Abbott, who is in...
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David, meet Tilda

17 January 2024

Interesting fact for you: Tilda Swinton did actually meet the famous Croydon-born film director David Lean shortly before his death, when she did a screen test for his unrealised film Nostromo in the early...
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This is 2024

3 January 2024

Happy 2024, Croydon! If you’re a regular reader you’ll know we start each January with a group feature on thoughts for the year ahead. In 2024 Croydon finishes its tenure as the London Borough...
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Curating Creative Croydon 23

9 November 2023

Who doesn’t enjoy some outdoor art to brighten our streets? We were delighted when Croydon BID asked us to curate a second season of the Creative Croydon exhibition, after we brought the work of...
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The evolution of pink

1 November 2023

I recently visited local artist Kate Marsden in her studio at ASC Grafton Road. For those of you who don’t know ASC Grafton Road, it is home to over 100 studios for artists and...
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Turf, Textiles, and Tufting

26 October 2023

This week we catch up with our current social media header artist, Divya Sharma – a multi-disciplinary artist whose current work leads with the medium of textiles and threads, she has a studio in...
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In good company

3 August 2023

I continue to be surprised and impressed by the number of names linked to Croydon; famous actors, musicians, inventors, activists, writers… the list goes on. So this week dear readers, in my research I...
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This is Pride and Mela

12 July 2023

This weekend is a busy one with free* double festival fun in Wandle Park. Croydon PrideFest returns this Saturday (15 July) and Croydon Mela is back on Sunday (16 July). This year both festivals...
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50 years of Orleta

22 June 2023

This week we catch up with the award-winning founder, choreographer, and artistic director of Orleta Polish Dance Company, Basia Klimas-Sawyer, to find out about the company’s upcoming 50th anniversary concert. On Saturday 1 July,...
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David, meet Joanna

8 June 2023

Earlier this week I popped along to the Arts Bar, which, if you are unfamiliar, is the bar connected to the David Lean Cinema, in the Clocktower complex. I was there at the invitation...
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The organic art of Melanie Russell

25 May 2023

This week we chat with Croydon-based artist Melanie Russell whose art we showcased on our social media headers earlier this year. A Streatham resident, Melanie works in a studio at ASC Art House, Grafton...
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