Croydon Cultural News 9 July

On-Line Events

Friday 10 July. 4pm & Sunday 12 July. 8.30pm. Earl Cameron

My friend Stephen Bourne will talk about the actor Earl Camron on BBC Radio 4’s Last Word. Earl Cameron is also interviewed (about the London Blitz) in Stephen’s new book Under Fire: Black Britain in Wartime 1939-45  (The History Press, 3 August – see next blog posting.) I am publisher of Stephen’s Aunt Esther.


Wednesday 15 July. 8-9pm. Keziah Jones harp concert

Live streamed performance from Stanley Halls., including her own arrangements of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, plus music by Satie and Bach, folk songs from America and Africa and a tribute to some of South-Norwood’s finest musicians.

Wednesday 15 July. Short Film Fund opens for applications from emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short film financed and produced.

Thursday 16 July. 1-2pm. Love Lunch X Dance Umbrella Live Stream

Saturday 18 July. QUEER + Croydon

Launch by Museum of Croydon of online exhibition by artist Mark Goldby, part of an ongoing research project to address the gaps in the Museum of Croydon’s LGBT+ collection which was first developed in 1995, but few things have been collected since the year 2000. To find out more about the project and how YOU can donate items for the exhibition go to

Monday 20 July. Deadline for next Croydon Culture Network enewsletter content.

Wednesday 22 July. Arts Council reopens for applications

Wednesday 22 July. 8-9pm. James Pike live from Stanley Halls

Wednesday 29 July. 8-9pm. Sherika Sherard Live from Stanley Halls

Wednesday 5 August. 8-9pm. Dawn Coulshed Live from Stanley Halls

Monday 24 August. 7pm. Croydon and Slavery

Zoom talk by Sean Creighton for Surrey History Meetup.

Thursday 13 August. 11am. Love Lunch X Dance Umbrella Family Dance Workshop

Publicising EventsThe Culture Diary

This shares ‘online events, sector support, stories, advice, and initiatives to promote and aid the sector during this difficult time. Reopening or planning special live events soon? Publish your event dates or story about your reopening plans on the Culture Diary so that we can share with the rest of the sector, public and government.’

Questions About Borough of Culture 2023

Paula Murray, the Council’s Creative Director,  is going to be off work for a while for another operation. When she is back discussion can hopefully start again on planning for Borough of Culture 2023.  Three big questions:

(1)    Will it be de-railed if the Mayor of London cuts the grant as part of his planned cuts because of the devastating effect of COVID-19 on his budget?.

(2)    Similarly will Croydon Council have to cut culture spending for the same reasons?

(3)    Will Croydon Council safeguard the culture team in its rumoured intention to axe 500 jobs because of the devastating effect on its budget of COVID-19, and the failure of the Government to refund all the extra expenditure?

I discuss the challenges of Croydon’s economic recovery at

My discussion paper on planning for  Borough of Culture is at:


Government’s Creative Fund

Paula Murray has welcomed the Government’s announcement ‘about the funding support that is going to be coming forward for the arts and cultural sector. Hearing the recognition of the importance of culture to the country’s economy and recovery was welcome. We don’t have any of the detail yet, but will be watching closely for any and every opportunity for us in Croydon. I hope there is further support for creatives and job creation programmes that might be very relevant for us in the creative sector coming through as well.’

Fairfield and Stanley Halls Available for Rehearsal Space

There will be some activity in Fairfield Halls during closure ‘including the rehearsal and production period for Jose Agudo’s Carmen which will be performed next year. Stanley Halls is making space available for companies to rehearse and make work. They are also hosting live streamed events – see events listing above.

Croydon creative Wesley Baker has relaunched his website with new updated designs of his CDN line.


Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants 

With a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021 the Arts Council is ‘making improvements to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19. They have prioritised reopening this programme to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. Updated guidance for the programme will be published by mid-July.’

The Theatre Artists Fund

This Fund ‘has been set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. It is for theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector. The Fund has been made possible from a generous donation from Netflix.’

Charity Survival Fund

This £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year.

Council Grantfinder


Nuu Docs

Nuu Docs ‘is an initiative to demystify the world of producing for early career artists and producers. Nuu Theatre exists to support early career theatre makers and Nuu docs does this by gathering the templates of different artists contracts, letters of agreements & budgets from leading theatres & companies around the UK and making them free for reference, download & use.’

We Tango Together: DanceWalking in the Park

This group has been running activity I Loy and Park Hill Parks as shown on Yun Tube..

CALAT: Photography 3 hour taster class for £10

How to utilise semi auto modes, how to develop a good exposure, equipment understanding, focusing, ISO, shutter speeds and apertures. How to control you colour tone inc. in camera black & white photographs.

SiLENCE! The great silencing of

British working class culture

Get your hands on local author, Stefan Szczelkun’s latest book on special offer to Croydon people. You can download a copy for £2 or purchase a copy for £8 from

“At a moment when working class culture seems to have been overtaken by issues of national identity, this book comes as a timely reminder of where the roots of most of the UK’s population lie. It is brought to life by Stefan Szczelkun’s own recollections of his post-war upbringing and insightful observations on the significance of music, singing, amateur film and other popular forms as cultural expression of this much vilified though predominant social class. Creatively presented as a collage of ideas, references and images, this book is as much visual artefact as rigorous research, and makes for an intriguing and engaging reading experience.” (Lorraine Leeson)

Information and quotes from Culture Network enewsletter 8 July.

Other Books etc available

See also second hand books from me listed in:

The Culture of History

As I discuss in my paper on Borough of Culture Stefan’s books are important because they show how culture is shaped in the class struggle. The Black Lives Matters campaign has highlighted the cultural and racist biases of British history and memorialisation. I discuss some of these issues at:

and also the influence of Indians on British music culture:

Finally The Croydonist publishes article on Croydon cultural issues and activities.



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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