CROYDON COMMENTARY: Politically inspired misinformation shared with a residents’ meeting and ill-informed Twitter gossips threw into doubt (again) the future of the Fairfield Halls last week. For ROD DAVIES, questions remain about the Halls’ artistic programming
What it doesn’t need are more councillors and local authority officers imposing their own agendas and prejudices, in spite of the market.
Fairfield Halls is basically an exceptionally good multi-stage venue that has been allowed to decline over decades. At best, it seems to have marketed itself towards mediocrity to survive.
Like venues in other major towns and cities, Fairfield Halls should be able to stage some world-class and distinctive events. There are even young arts professionals from Croydon who are doing this elsewhere who could be persuaded to contribute out of goodwill for their home town.
Why isn’t Fairfield Halls reaching out for young creative people to fill those largely redundant spaces?
These are links to one young Croydon person’s activities elsewhere. It may not be my cup of tea, but so what?
With all the creativity that exists among Croydon people, Fairfield Halls should be rocking at the head of a foundation of activity.
Instead, it looks drab and lost.
Performers based outside of the south-east of England are looking for venues to perform to inaccessible (to them) London audiences. What is the Fairfield Halls management and the owners, Croydon Council, doing to build the networks to use this demand to raise Croydon’s profile?
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Coming to Croydon
- Streatham-Croydon women’s rugby training, Frant Road, Nov 2
- World War I centenary concert, Ruskin House, Nov 2
- MOPAC policing meeting, Surrey Street, Nov 4
- Personal safety training for volunteers, Nov 4
- St Giles School opening morning, Nov 5
- David Lean Cinema: Two Days, One Night, Nov 6
- Park Hill School fireworks display, Nov 7
- Grange Park bulb-planting event, Nov 8
- Streatham-Croydon women’s rugby training, Frant Road, Nov 9
- Brook recording studio open day and party, Nov 9
- David Lean Cinema, Paths of Glory, Nov 11
- Albert Einstein – Relativity Speaking, Spread Eagle, Nov 12-15
- David Lean Cinema, Ida, Nov 13
- Oval Tavern Folk Club, Nov 14
- South Croydon business breakfast, Nov 15
- Streatham-Croydon women’s rugby training, Frant Road, Nov 16
- Personal safety training for volunteers, Nov 17
- David Lean Cinema, Effie Gray, Nov 20
- Norwood Society Talk: Lambeth’s Archives, Nov 20
- Choose Your Own Documentary, Spread Eagle Theatre, Nov 21-22
- David Lean Cinema, Lilting, Nov 22
- Streatham-Croydon women’s rugby training, Frant Road, Nov 23
- David Lean Cinema, Wakolda, Nov 27
- The Last Sense of Sudden, Spread Eagle Theatre, Nov 27-29
- Ghost Stories for Christmas, Spread Eagle Theatre, Dec 3
- Fog Horn Funnies, Spread Eagle Theatre, Dec 6
- Coulsdon Yulefest, Dec 6-7
- Oval Tavern Folk Club, Dec 7
- South Croydon business breakfast, Dec 13
- South Croydon business breakfast, Jan 24
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