Thursday 5 December. Croydon Culture Network meeting
Welcome from Talawa Theatre Company; Planning for 2020; Update on Borough of Culture; Update on the Clocktower programme 2020; Croydon Music City; AOB section – let the organisers know via firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a slot.
Aim ‘to celebrate everything that the Network has achieved in 2019 and everything we are yet still to achieve.’
RSVP via https://ccndec19.eventbrite.co.uk.
Talawa Theatre Studios, Fairfield Halls
Sunday 8 December. 11am-5pm. Made in Croydon Market at Boxpark
The second market event follows that the successful one held on 1 December. So still a chance to support Croydonians involved in making things, plus titles by Croydon authors.
Details of the authors can be seen here:
Bernard Winchester’s December events listings can be seen here:
(amended 23 December at request of one of the organisers)
14 December. 10am until 1pm. Hall Grange Reclaiming the Wilderness Christmas Fundraising Fayre
Jars (medium and big size) and frames (A4 and A5) needed to present Hall Grange residents’ crafts and creations.
Hall Grange Live at Home Community Programme (HLF funded) restoring Rev. William Wilkes Wilderness.
The Wilderness, 17 Shirley Church Road, CR9 5AL
Project worker Marco Galli. 07597135220
Croydon Modernist Society
This new Society has just been launched to celebrate the architecture of the postwar town. ‘Croydon was once a conventional market town, and was substantially redeveloped in the 1960s and 70s. Today, it stands as a vision of how it was once thought the future would look. Croydon’s abundant parking and urban motorway (which dips down into an underpass and later takes off as a flyover) indicate how seriously important motorcars were considered.
The Whitgift shopping centre, once one of the biggest in Europe, was at the core of the retail-focused new town centre. Numerous office blocks sprang up in the town – the geometric and mosaic-tiled NLA Tower (the 50p Building, standing next to East Croydon station), Corinthian House or V-shaped stilts with a dynamic projecting entrance, and the space rocket booster-like building that sits alongside Apollo House are just a few of the most striking examples.
Elsewhere, there are hidden gems like the St Bernards estate of Modernist housing, the 1960s fire station, which has a drill tower shaped like a space rocket, and Fairfield Halls, Croydon’s concert venue sister to the South Bank’s Royal Festival Hall.’
The Society plans ‘to run a number of events a year to help highlight and explore the architecture of this forward-thinking town, and encourage you to look up and see hope and energy of Croydon, a uniquely space-age town.’
You can join its mailing list here
Not everyone will agree with its view about most of the awful design and concrete brutalism, or the new glass tower monstrosities that are being built in the pursuit of profit and not meeting need. We also need to remember the previous architectural gems which were demolished in the process of making the new modernist town.
New Voices of Young People
Croydon’s rap duo Krept & Konan on mental health
Interview re-Tawala Theatre