Programme for Croydon Festival for Peace begins to take shape

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What Does Peace Mean To You?

The organisers are  inviting you and your group to be involved in a multi-cultural, cross-arts, celebration of Peace in Croydon.  As the world remembers the centenary of the end of WWI, we can make a powerful, colourful, vibrant declaration of peace.

The Anthem for Peace

London Mozart Players’ brand new Anthem for Peace highlights the role of music as a force for good and the perfect way to bring people together – something that we need now more than ever. This modern-day anthem, composed by children’s composer Richard Brown with lyrics by Thornton Heath poet Shaniqua Benjamin, can be played, rapped, sung, remixed or sampled by musicians of all abilities, ages, genres and backgrounds. It will take centre stage at Croydon’s Festival of Peace in June and we’d love you to be involved!

The Anthem was premièred in November 2017 by the LMP and children from Ecclesbourne Primary School, Thornton Heath, at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the LMP’s patron HRH Prince Edward – see the video of this exciting occasion at

Join The Chorus of Peace

We invite you to join us at the following:

Opening Event 16 June. 3-4pm at Summer of Love Festival at Wandle Park

At this event we will join with players from the LMP and Ecclesbourne School Choir to learn and sing the Anthem for the first time together.

Throughout the week

Education packs will be sent out to schools throughout Croydon and everyone is invited to create their own versions of the Anthem.  These can be shared on social media and/or included in any flashmobs/ events dedicated to peace.

There will also be a full arts programme running in venues across the borough.

Closing Event 23 June 3-4pm – at Peace & Wellbeing Festival, Park Hill Park

There will be a finale Peace Parade and performance of the Anthem with LMP and local brass players and a special dance commission by Anusha Subramanyam of Beeja Dance featuring local dance groups.

To tell us about an event you’d like to dedicate to peace during the Festival week

Please email E:

We look forward to singing and playing the Anthem For Peace with you!

Events include

Thursday 21 June. 7.30pm. Campaigning for Peace in Croydon 1816-1960s. An Introduction

Talks by Sean Creighton and Dan Frost

Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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