Category Archives: Art

Great North Wood 2021 calendar’s photo competition

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Photographer’s loving portrait makes it into Gallery exhibit

A Crystal Palace-based photographer, Nina Robinson, is to have one of her pictures included in a National Portrait Gallery exhibition after her photo of her grandfather in lockdown was named yesterday among the top 100 images in a competition. “Hold … Continue reading

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Roald Dahl: From pilot and spy to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach… generations of children and adults have been delighted by Roald Dahl’s books. Today is Roald Dahl Day, and here Dahl fan and former primary school teacher LAURA STEELE, … Continue reading

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Student author signs £1m publishing deal for debut novel

A student from Croydon has been signed up by publishers for her debut novel in a two-book deal that could be worth more than £1million. Faridah Abike-Iyimide’s Ace of Spades will be on sale in June 2021, published in this … Continue reading

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Lights! Action! David Lean Cinema has plans to reopen

By Paul Spalding The David Lean Cinema is aiming to re-open its doors to film-goers next month. The 68-seat arthouse venue, whose varied programme is managed by volunteers, has been closed since the start of the covid-19 pandemic in March, … Continue reading

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Croydon Youth Theatre classes: Act, Sing, Dance and Tech

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Museum takes dub-step to celebrate London’s reggae roots

The Museum of London has announced that a display – Dub London: Bassline of a City –  which was delayed due to covid-19, will now open on October 2. The free display will celebrate dub reggae music and culture in … Continue reading

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Youth theatre brightens the gloom with amazing technicolour

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There are ways, safely, to break out of lockdown, as KIRSTIE SMITH, pictured right with her sons, discovered when they visited a local kids’ theatre One of the (many) things I’ve missed over these strange times is the … Continue reading

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Croydon Photography Forum, David Collyer, Aug 25

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Cherrystars’ little actors showcase their talents on screen

For nearly a decade Cherrystars have run their Saturday early years community performing arts classes at the BRIT School in Selhurst. But covid-19 has forced them to take their show from the stage… and using Genie-like magic, put it on … Continue reading

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Singing Proud, West End Black Voices, Stanley Halls, Sep 10

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Savvy seeks new performers as the show must go on

In the true spirit of “The Show Must Go On”, the Savvy Theatre Company, newly installed at the Fairfield Halls, has been continuing to work with youngsters on new productions, despite the difficulties presented by the pandemic, the lockdown and, … Continue reading

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Croydon Photography Forum: Ryan Schude, Aug 18

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DBC Pierre in Talks From An Empty Bookshop, Aug 13

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, to Aug 21

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BHLive starts redundancy process for staff at Fairfield Halls

There have been unconfirmed reports that BHLive, the Bournemouth-based operators in charge of running the council-owned Fairfield Halls, have this week begun making their full-time employees in Croydon redundant. According to BHLive insiders, the move could see the Fairfield Halls … Continue reading

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Cassandra Centre kids’ summer Zoom arts classes, Aug 11-13

Please note the amended timings

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Horror author Woodward has been unleashed by lockdown

Haunted by the ghosts of South Norwood Country Park, horror and science fiction author Simon Paul Woodward now gets many of his better ideas for his books when out on a run near his Coulsdon home. PAUL SPALDING caught up … Continue reading

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Cassandra Centre kids’ photography competition, Aug 10-17

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Croydon Photography Forum: Beverley Rhoden-Nelson, Aug 4

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Comedian Brigstocke added to Crystal Palace Festival line-up

With just two weeks to go, the Crystal Palace Festival has announced its special guest acts for the live-streamed show from Upper Norwood Library. Top-flight comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Rob Deering have been added to the roster of performers who … Continue reading

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Christobel Kent talks with Bookseller Crow, Aug 7

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Croydon Night of Dance sets a world’s first – with bells on

The Croydon Night of Dance will take place this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic, with the Morris groups and folk dancers taking to the streets virtually for “MorrisoVision” (geddit?), all in aid of Rotary charities. The event, being held on … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Festival have their headline acts Pegg-ed

The Crystal Palace Festival has revealed that its headline acts next month will be Andrew Ashong and his band and John. This year’s Crystal Palace Festival is being staged virtually because of coronavirus, live-streaming from a temporary television studio in … Continue reading

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Lenses of Croydon virtual event with Naomi Harris, Jul 21

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