Freedom of Expression is alive in Croydon (at least in a pub)

Birthday celebrations are going on at the Green Dragon pub on the corner of Croydon High Street and Surrey Street, where its regular programme of Freedom of Expression Tuesday night shows celebrate their fifth anniversary on June 7.

It could be the only place in central Croydon where Freedom of Expression is thriving.

Defying Croydon’s reputation, according to one of the borough’s MPs, “for rather unwelcoming 1960s architecture and for crime and anti-social behaviour”, the Freedom of Expression shows promise “the very best of acoustic music, poetry, comedy and magic from around London and further afield”. Freedom of Expression is an important plank of the Green Dragon’s entertainment programme, which has included comedy nights, ukulele jam sessions and rock and pop performances.

Entry at the Green Dragon (a Croydon in Bloom winner for pubs’ hanging baskets last year, but unable to defend its “title” in 2011) for the Freedom of Expression shows each Tuesday is free, but is open only to over-18s (the pub asks customers to be prepared to show ID).

Freedom of Expression has been running special anniversary shows for a couple of weeks already, with the typically eclectic line-up for next Tuesday announced as Blue Rose Code; Ben Sommers; Dana Immanuel; Andy Raeburn; and Kit Richardson.

For more information and the line ups for future weeks, check out the Freedom of Expression website.

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