Heritage Festival 24-30 June
Whitgift Foundation has just announced that it is taking a new approach to the Croydon Heritage Festival it be held this year 24-30 June. It is partnering with Shaking Hands and this year will not have a stalls event on North End. For details see:
Shaking Hands can be seen at
Fairfield Halls and Collection
Meanwhile the debate about the future of Fairfield Halls continues as covered in recent postings on this blog. The Fairfield Collection heritage project which I wrote about in October at
Its in full swing and details can be seen at
The project is an initiative of the Fairfield Arts Board, the new charity set up when the former one running the Halls was wound up. FAB has a Facebook page at
Being funded by Heritage Lottery Fund an evaluation has to be carried out. This is being undertaken by the social enterprise Good Wolf People which has set up in office space at Stanley Halls. John and Kelly of Good Wolf are experienced in working in the arts particularly with young people. Details can be seen at
One of the last lunch-time concerts at the Halls last July before closure included local pianist, teacher and composer Fred Scott’s Toccata Seconda played by Mikhail Kazakevich and Elena Zozina on 5 July. Fred composed it in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Busoni’s birth.
Taking the Arts forward in Croydon –Question Time 16 March
A South Croydon Community Association Question Time
Doors Open 6pm. Croydon Performers 6.30pm. 7pm
This third of SCCA’s occasional series of public Question Times on issues which matter to Croydon citizens, a knowledgeable local panel will answer questions and debate the future of the arts in Croydon.
A high profile is being given by Croydon Council to the creation of a major new cultural hub with a refurbished and rethought Fairfield Halls at its heart. This is an important development. But across the Borough there is rich and diverse cultural and artistic activity which deserves attention and support.
The Question Time provides an opportunity to question and clarify the future of all aspects of the arts in Croydon.
The panellists are:
Paula Murray: Creative Director, Croydon Council
Anusha Subramanyam: Founder of the Beeja Dance Company: dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance movement therapist
Esther Sutton: Chair of Pub Watch and landlord of the music rich Oval Tavern
Stuart Worden: Principal, Brit School
Chair: Paul Macey: Community Development Manager with Croydon Voluntary Action and leader of Asset Based Community Development initiatives such as Thornton Heath Arts Week and Big Local Broad Green
To register attendance at Question Time
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to:
SCCA c/o 2 Ledbury Road, Croydon CR0 1EP.
Question Time is free but any small donation to help cover costs will be greatly appreciated.
Submitting and Asking a Question
If you wish to ask a question on 16 March, please send your question to
by Friday 10 March.
Short and sharp questions please. Only questions from registered participants will be taken and you will need to attend Question Time in person to ask your question.
Other Events re Arts and Heritage
Until 9 March. ‘The Light Within’ at the Rise Gallery, St George’s Walk
See Paul Dennis’s review at
Until 15 April. Petherick Family Album at Gallery Croydon Museum
See my posting at
Until 16 April. Remembering 1916 Exhibition at Whitgift School